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Todd Sherer, Ph.D, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation stated, ’23andMe’s Parkinson’s initiative has proven the tremendous potential in leveraging DNA technology, the web, and patient participation to accelerate discoveries that enhance our understanding of Parkinson’s disease. As more people with Parkinson’s continue to sign up for 23andMe’s community, patient-driven research shall accelerate and support development of breakthrough therapeutics.’ The 29,624 research controls consisted of users of 23andMe’s Personal Genome Assistance – who consented to participate in IRB-approved studies and answered online questionnaires.Weigel is the daughter of beloved Chicago sportscaster Tim Weigel, who died of brain tumor in 2001. Her brother Rafer Weigel, former ABC-7 sports activities anchor, headlined the 2013 Thoughts Matter event. Support for this event will ideally move the needle, to extend the length and quality of life for human brain and spinal tumor patients said NBTI co-director James P. Chandler, MD, surgical director of neuro-oncology at Northwestern Memorial Medical center and Lavin/Fates Professor of neurological medical procedures at the Feinberg School.