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Michael J. Fox makes surprise appearance with Brian Grant at Parkinson’s Disease Research Roundtable

The OHSU Parkinson Center of Oregon (PCO), in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), hosted a research roundtable for patients and the general public at the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on Sunday.

Parkinson's RoundtableFormer Portland Trail Blazer Brian Grant provided introductions, followed by a surprise appearance by the actor Michael J. Fox. Both Grant and Fox have been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's disease (PD).

The panel of speakers included PCO Medical Director Jay Nutt, MD, Professor, Department of Neurology, and PCO Research Director Penny Hogarth, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology. MJFF panelists included co-founder Debi Brooks and Gene Johnson PhD who serves as the Chief Scientific Advisor for MJFF. 

Panelists presented information about the latest Parkinson’s disease research at OHSU and MJFF, as well as research themes being studied nationally. Of particular interest was a MJFF-funded study currently underway at OHSU looking for biomarkers of PD, and clues to progression of the disease. The results of this study have the potential to dramatically change treatment of this neurological disorder.

The roundtable marked the commencement of many star-studded PD awareness and fundraising events, with Brian Grant’s “Shake It Till We Make It” gala held later that evening and a golf tournament the following day. Both events benefited the Michael J. Fox Foundation.


Pictured: (Standing left to right) Debi Brooks, Dr. Penny Hogarth, Dr. Jay Nutt; (Seated left to right) Michael J Fox, Brian Grant.



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