Episode 108: Advancing the Genetic Pool of Parkinson Disease


Mind Moments®, a podcast from NeurologyLive®, brings you an interview with Ignacio Mata, PhD. [LISTEN TIME: 21 minutes]

Ignacio Mata, PhD

Ignacio Mata, PhD

Credit: Cleveland Clinic

Episode 108 of the NeurologyLive® Mind Moments® podcast is now live! Scroll down to listen or click here to subscribe on your favorite streaming service.

The Mind Moments podcast features exclusive interviews with leaders in the field discussing the latest research and disease management strategies across the breadth of neurology, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, dementia, sleep disorders, and more.

Episode 108, "Advancing the Genetic Pool of Parkinson Disease" features a conversation with Igancio Mata, PhD, who sat down to discuss a recently published meta-analysis on the genetic backgrounds of Parkinson disease beyond traditional European populations. Mata, an associate professor in the Genomic Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic, provided insight on the newly identified novel loci and how the data adds to previous genome-wide association studies. In addition, he gave thoughts on the possibility of gene therapy and some of the barriers that come with it, as well as the feasibility of incorporating genetic checkpoints into clinical trial inclusion criteria.

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  • 1:10 – Meta-analysis overview
  • 3:20 – Significance of results, how they add to the literature
  • 6:50 – Feasibility of incorporating genetic screening into clinical trials
  • 8:40 – Neurology News Minute
  • 11:15 – Realistic expectations and potential with gene therapy
  • 15:45 – Next steps in advancing this research

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