An Interview with Joohi Jimenez-Shahed on Parkinson’s Quality of Life Research

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The Davis Phinney Foundation proudly supports and funds research projects that address quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. While we’re all hoping for a cure, our research focuses on therapies and strategies to help people live well with Parkinson’s TODAY.

On our Science Advisory Board, we work with leading experts in quality of life research to change what it means to live with Parkinson’s. We work closely with innovative thinkers both through the work we fund and as advisors.

During Parkinson's Awareness Month, we're spotlighting some of the amazing research being done and the driving forces behind it. Today, we are happy to feature an interview with Science Advisory Board chair Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, MD.

You can watch the interview below.

show notes

  • There is so much Parkinson’s research going on right now, with researchers exploring everything from strategies to live well to new therapies, medications, interventions, surgical interventions, and more. To stay up to date on the latest research, check out the Davis Phinney Foundation's monthly blog post, "What's New in Parkinson's?", highlighting the latest research in Parkinson's each and every month
  • The understanding of different ways to treat Parkinson’s is growing exponentially. Since Parkinson’s can manifest in so many different ways, this growing body of research allows for the further individualization of treatment resulting in better effectiveness for people living with Parkinson's
  • Donors are at the core of making research possible. At the Davis Phinney Foundation, our research is uniquely focused on improving quality of life, today

Topics DISCUSSED and ADDITIONAL resources

Davis Phinney Foundation Funded Quality of Life Studies

How To Apply for Davis Phinney Foundation Grant

What's New in Parkinson's Monthly Blog Posts

Learn How You Can Become a Donor


Joohi Jimenez-Shahed is a Movement Disorders Neurologist, in Mount Sinai, New York City. She first got involved with the Davis Phinney Foundation at a Victory Summit event in Minneapolis, MN. Over time, she has also become engaged with the Science Advisory Board. She decided to become chair for this board because of the Davis Phinney Foundation’s unique focus on quality of life. This means there’s an opportunity to make an immediate impact to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. She also values the wonderful group of highly knowledgeable people that make up the Science Advisory Board.


More and more people apply for funding every year. With your help, we can fund more research that can improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s today. Join us now through the end of Parkinson’s Awareness Month to play an essential role in this research by supporting our Quality of Life Research Fund. Click here to learn more about how your contributions help our Science Advisory Board say “yes” to more promising research projects that change people’s lives. 

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