MSU Professor Researching Cause for Parkinson’s Disease

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– For most Summer is a time free of homework, but many at Missouri State University didn’t get that memo.  Among those still studying this summer is Dr. Matt Seibert.  Seibert is a theoretical chemist whose latest project revolves around a highly dangerous compound called rotenone.

“It seems that people that had exposure to this also had a higher incidence to Parkinson’s disease,” Seibert says.

A compound he says could be used to save lives in the long run.

“Now in the lab, scientists can take that compound and inject it into for example rats and induce tremors and then they will try to find treatments to suppress those tremors,” says Seibert.

Along side Seibert is a team of students like Adam Kirkpatrick.

“We’re at one step to beginning to understand what causes Parkinson’s disease. Treatment is still a whole other battle in trying to find the cure and understanding the kind of environmental aspects of what causes Parkinson’s disease is completely a huge step toward the treatment and essentially the prevention. So it is definitely satisfying,” says Kirkpatrick.

While their research mainly focuses on cause and not cure, Kirkpatrick and Seibert agree that just moving in that direction is rewarding enough.

“I’m always looking for things that will have the greatest impact and obviously Parkinson’s disease is a serious problem.But I think that on some level, all people care about helping other people,” says Seibert. 

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