Research Delves into Connection Between Melanoma and Parkinson’s Disease

Source: Dermatology Times, June 2022

Advances in imaging may help gather more datasets on tumor development from a single experiment.

Researchers at Mount Sinai in New York are using advances in tissue preparation, imaging, image analysis, and registration to explore the biology underlying the well-known comorbidity between melanoma and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The project recently garnered a $100,000 pilot grant co-funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation, also in New York, and the Melanoma Research Alliance, Washington, DC.

Having melanoma increases risk for PD, and vice versa, said Deanna L. Benson, PhD. She is a professor of neuroscience at the Friedman Brain Institute and director of Microscopy and Advanced Bioimaging Core at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine.