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Skin Metabolites in Parkinson's Disease

Chief Investigator: Professor Perdita Barran, University of Manchester


It has been demonstrated that there is a difference in the metabolites in skin between those with Parkinson's Disease, and those without. This was achieved serendipitously by identifying a women who is capable of detecting a unique body odour from those with Parkinson's Disease.

The aim of this study is to investigate the differences in skin metabolites between those with PD and those without in the hope that a new diagnostic test can be developed for PD.

What is involved?

This study will involve a short visit to the clinic where a swab from your skin will be taken using medical gauze. This swab can be taken from either your face and forehead, or your upper back. In addition we require participants do not shower the night before they are due to participate in the study.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for the study if you:

  • Are over the age of 50 and have a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease

We are also seeking control participants for the study. You will be eligible if you:

  • Are over the age of 50
  • Do not have any major neurological or medical conditions that may affect the results of the study

To refer potential participants or to request further information, please contact the research team:


Phone: 023 8047 5258