A peek behind the paper – Sarah Hamm-Alvarez on oligomeric α-synuclein in basal tears of Parkinson’s patients

Written by Sarah Hamm-Alvarez (Keck School of Medicine, CA, USA)

Take a look behind the scenes of a recent research article published in Biomarkers in Medicine entitled, ‘Oligomeric α-synuclein is increased in basal tears of Parkinson’s patients‘, as we ask first author Sarah Hamm-Alvarez (Keck School of Medicine, CA, USA) about what inspired her group to carry out this work into basal tear proteins, including the potential of translating oligomeric α-synuclein in basal tears into the clinic as a biomarker for Parkinson’s disease (PD). What inspired you to carry out this work into basal tear proteins in Parkinson’s? “…we reasoned that some of the same changes in neural innervation associated with...

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