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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
Neurodegenerative disease-specific cohort

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Parkinson's disease

Participant type
Condition diagnosed

Recruitment Period 2008-13 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 290  
Estimated Current Sample Size 0 to 4,999 
Age at Recruitment >18   
Gender Male and Female 

The PICNICS study is an observational study tracking the progression of patients with incident Parkinson’s disease over several years to better understand how the disease behaves over time, and establish the pattern of evolution of subtypes of Parkinson’s disease. Understanding differences between subtypes and what drives them will inform development of stratified therapies. The study recruited patients with Parkinson’s disease between 2008 and 2013, and is following them up every 18 months with clinical assessments, cognitive assessments and biological sampling.

Last update – 16/01/2017

Country United Kingdom 
Contact details
Institution name University of Cambridge 
Principal Investiator (PI) Professor Roger Barker 
Contact email [email protected] 
Contact phone number +44 (0) 1223 331160 
Address John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair,
University of Cambridge,
Forvie Site,
Robinson Way,
CB2 0PY,
Funders (Core support) The Cure Parkinson's Trust
Van Geest Foundation; Parkinson's UK
National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre Award to the University of Cambridge 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Behaviour, Cognitive function, Mental health, Neurological
Funtional rating: Caregiver, Individual physiological, Individual psychological
Anthropometric: N/A
Physical: N/A
Biological samples: Blood
Genotyping: Gene screening
Brain imaging: N/A
Brain banking: Consent for brain donation
Lifestyle: Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Marital status, Occupation and employment
Health service utilisation: N/A
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