Parkinson's disease research focuses on many areas. These areas include but are not limited to:
Some investigators are studying the functions and anatomy of the motor system in the brain, including how it regulates movement and how movement relates to major command centers in the brain.
Environmental and Genetic Factors
Parkinson's research scientists looking for the cause of Parkinson's disease continue to search for possible environmental factors, such as toxins that may trigger the disorder, and to study genetic factors to determine what role defective genes play in causing the disease. Although Parkinson's disease is rarely directly inherited, some people may be genetically more or less susceptible to developing it. Other scientists are working to develop new protective drugs that can delay, prevent, or reverse the disease.