Portal:The Science Behind Parkinson's

The Science Behind Parkinson's Portal

The Science Behind Parkinson's

For an overview of the whole project see the Site Map

This is a A Wikiversity learning project for people who are interested in the science underlying Parkinson's disease.

Do you have Parkinson's? Care for someone who has Parkinson's? Just curious to know more?

Through this learning project you can, with others:

  • explore the prospects offered by Parkinson's research
  • delve into the basic and applied Science behind Parkinson's focused on finding better treatments and a cure.
  • the core section for following research into Parkinson's and thinking about:
    • what questions remain unanswered,
    • what issues need to be resolved and
    • what implications arise from research results.
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This section is for those who are interested in following research into Parkinson's and thinking about what questions remain unanswered, what issues need to be resolved and what implications arise from research results.

You can browse through it and read some very interesting stuff.

But if you are interested in contributing, you can write accounts, especially of newly published research, explain issues and stimulate discussion.

All contributors are expected to provide references to back up what they say.

Wikiversity, like any university, has a research facilitation function with projects which actually conduct research. (See the Research Portal.)

This embryonic Parkinson's research learning project, however, is a variation of this and is aimed rather at 'researching research'. The aim is to ferret out and present results through written items that explain, discuss and share research findings. Wikiversity is an appropriate platform because this concept fits somewhere in between teaching & learning on one hand and of doing research on the other.

The six-fold purpose of Section 1 ...

Progress and Prospects in Parkinson's Research

The purpose of the material in section 1 is to :

  • highlight interesting topics in current Parkinson's research
  • explain their significance and background
  • describe the questions answered and identify the questions still unanswered
  • say how the work fits into the bigger picture and what other researchers are doing
  • examine hypotheses and to raise implications
  • identify possible new lines of enquiry and new implications for research strategy

The structure of articles should be designed to achieve these purposes.

The style of the articles should make them accessible to readers who have a moderate level of scientific or biological understanding but who are not experts in the field. Technical terms should be explained in the text or hyperlinked to explanatory material such as in wikipedia or elsewhere.

Go to Section 1: Progress and Prospects in Parkinson's Research

Go to Progress and Prospects in Parkinson's Research

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There is also a Magazine Section which is mainly related to section 1. It has articles to enable readers to get an overview of the current 'Hot Topics' in Parkinson's research and to read discussions of key issues. These articles link to the main body of the learning project.

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This section is now being developed and, as its title implies, will be a structured learning section where the science behind Parkinson's is explained for those who are new to the subject.

The purpose will be to help people get to grips with the basic biology that is relevant for understanding the pathology[1] of Parkinson's and for following the research being done in this field.

Biological terms will be explained and references given to where more details can be found. It is expected that wikipedia will be a useful reference source.

Go to Section 2: an Introduction to the Science Behind Parkinson's

  1. Pathology addresses 4 components of disease: cause/etiology, mechanisms of development (pathogenesis), structural alterations of cells (morphologic changes), and the consequences of changes (clinical manifestations). From Wikipedia entry on Pathology.
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Who is the wiki for & for what purpose?

Who is the wiki for and for what purpose?

  • Simply for whoever finds it useful.
  • Especially for people affected by Parkinson's:
    • as a way of learning more about the condition
    • as a satisfying, therapeutic outlet for those who can translate complex scientific concepts into straightforward language
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  • For those wanting to find out as much as they can about progress in current research
    • as a way of sharing what what they have discovered.
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  • For professional scientists and clinicians:
    • as an alternative communication channel to a receptive audience
    • as an invitation to help correct misunderstandings and inaccuracies and collaborate with lay people to write high quality material
    • as an invitation to write original articles about, say, implications of new research results, and
    • as an opportunity to interact with informed, thoughtful and perceptive people affected and living with Parkinson's.
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Can You Help?

Can you write about science in straightforward and understandable terms? Think about becoming a contributor to this learning project!

Here are some things you can do.

Things you can do

Contributing to the Science Behind Parkinson's learning project

Anyone may contribute material to this learning project. Please create a Wikiversity account first.

Go here for Specific Things You Can Do.

Please go to the Project Development subpage to work with us on how the project should develop. Please access the project's discussion page to comment on the concepts behind this project.

Help with getting started

Get help with editing here

We are developing a User Guide here

Improve your technical writing skills and techniques here.

Occasionally you may want to upload an image or a file. An uploaded file must not be subject to copyright. Help with uploading files is given here. A text file has to be in .pdf format and is actually stored in the Image section of wikiversity.

A useful glossary of terms relating to Parkinson's is the We Move one: http://www.wemove.org/glossary/

Note that contributors are expected to provide references to back up what they say.[1]

  1. But how do you find your way around and make sense of all that is published? Try some of the publications on the Sense about Science website http://www.senseaboutscience.org/resources.php

Did you attend the World Parkinson Congress in Montreal, 1st-4th October 2013?

Whether you did or not, a good number of the presentations were video recorded and you can view them at:


The next WPC will be in Portland, Oregon, USA, 20 to 23 September 2016.

This is a globally open and participatory learning project.

Medical professionals, researchers, staff from Parkinson's support organisations and others should find much in this project to interest them.

(See Project Development discussion page)

Wikiversity information: