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What new treatments are in the pipeline for Parkinson's disease?

Within the next 5-10 years, I think we will have effective methods to slow or halt the progression of Parkinson's disease (PD). These are drugs that will reduce the production of a protein in the brain called alpha-synuclein (SNCA). Many such drugs are under development. It is not clear if stem cells will be a curative treatment. First, we do not fully understand the underlying biology of cells. This includes an understanding of what factors tell cells how much to proliferate and when to stop, where to migrate, and with which other cells to connect. Furthermore, the cells in the brain that succumb to PD are located in many different regions. It is not a simple matter of replacing a part, but rather replacing multiple parts diffusely in the brain. Currently, we do not have effective or safe methods of distributing stem cells to multiple locations.

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