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When patients join the fight against Parkinson’s
Julie Wood and her husband Luke Mastin

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Parkinson’s patient Julie Wood and her husband Luke Mastin volunteered to help Dr. Anthony Lang with his Systemic Synuclein Sampling Study known as S4.

Dr. Anthony Lang’s research team hunts for biomarkers that could lead to early diagnosis and treatment

Over the last year, Julie Wood has given scientists at the Krembil Research Institute samples of skin from her neck and leg, blood, saliva and fluid from her spine, as well as tissue from her salivary glands and colon. Ms. Wood, who lives in Toronto with her husband, also went last year for a brain scan to be used by the same group of Krembil scientists. The team is led by world-leading Parkinson’s disease neurologist Dr. Anthony Lang, director of the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease and holder of the Lily Safra Chair in Movement Disorders. Ms. Wood had to travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for the scan because the particular machine used in the study is not available in Canada.