The study principal investigator (PI) is Laurie K Mischley, ND PhD MPH. She designed the questionnaire while studying nutritional neuroepidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health (MPH Epidemiology, PhD Nutritional Sciences). Dr. Mischley has had a nutritional medicine based neurology practice devoted to the care of people with parkinsonism (PwP) in Seattle since 2001 (ND Naturopathic Medicine).
Dr. Mischley believes many of the symptoms currently attributed to parkinsonism can be improved by improving nutritional status, especially the nonmotor symptoms. She has devoted her career to identifying 'conditionally essential nutrients in PD' and attempting to determine whether fortification improves outcomes.
She strives to employ study designs, delivery systems, outcome measures, and interventions that are as creative as they are effective, She likes to rock the boat.
Josh is the CAM Care research coordinator, statistician, data manager, and manager of work-study students/volunteers. He is a third year medical student at Bastyr University and also pursuing his MPH at the University of Washington. He has a background in management consulting, economic consulting, and finance. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2005 with a dual degree in Economics and Music.
Bastyr students from the Naturopathic Medicine, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health, and Botanical Medicine departments have contributed to this study. Some students volunteer, others are paid through federal work-study programs, and others have been paid with the generous donations of community donors.
The Living Healthy with Parkinsons project would not be possible without the generous support of Bill and Sondra Fondren.
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