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Skin metabolites in Parkinson's disease

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Investigating skin metabolites as a new way to diagnose Parkinson’s disease



  • Contact name

    Perdita Barran

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Associate Vice-President (Research Integrity) The University of Manchester

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    2 years, 0 months, 2 days

  • Research summary

    In our initial pilot research we have demonstrated that there is a difference in the metabolites in the skin between subjects who have Parkinson's disease (PD) and those who don't. We hope to be able to develop a simple new test for PD that will involve rubbing a gauze swab on the skin and measuring the chemicals in the swab. We will use as chemistry technique called mass spectrometry to analyse all the chemicals. So far we have only studied small numbers of people. Having received funding from Parkinson's UK we now want to study much larger numbers of people with and without PD in order to determine whether we can use this method as a very simple test for PD.

  • REC name

    South West - Cornwall & Plymouth Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    16 Dec 2015

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion