The Fox Focus Fall/Winter 2018 - Page 4

Research ONE YEAR LATER, THOUSANDS SPEED RESEARCH USING FOX INSIGHT by ALLYSE FALCE THE MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION (MJFF) launched Fox Insight (foxinsight.org) last October as an online platform for the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community to share the information it knows best — what it’s like to live with PD every day. Since that time, the number of individuals enrolled has more than quadrupled from 6,500 to over 25,000 — and Fox Insight is just getting started. The study aims to recruit hundreds of thousands of people to contribute data. Fox Insight consists of online questionnaires where people with and without PD provide information on their symptoms, daily activities and other health factors. Genetics also plays a role in the study. “By combining patient-contributed information with genetic data, researchers are able to form a more holistic understanding of Parkinson’s,” says Sohini Chowdhury, MJFF deputy CEO. Through the Foundation's collaboration with consumer genetics company 23andMe, individuals with Parkinson’s 4 The Fox Focus who enroll in Fox Insight can receive the 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service at no cost and incorporate their genetic information into the study. (Eligible individuals receive complimentary genetic counseling from Indiana University.) “Both The Michael J. Fox Foundation and 23andMe have a very patient-centric vision,” says Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. “Fox Insight was a very natural partnership for us because it is about empowering consumers to be