Can Parkinson's be reversed?

There is no cure for Parkinson's Disease at the moment, however, this is an active area of research.

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Parkinson's disease develops because of the death of nerve cells in the brain that produce a chemical called dopamine.

There are no treatments that slow or prevent the loss of these cells, so currently Parkinson's disease cannot be reversed. However, research is underway to replace or reprogram these cells with the aim of reversing the major symptoms of the disease.1,2

1. Rivetti di Val Cervo P et al. Induction of functional dopamine neurons from human astrocytes in vitro and mouse astrocytes in a Parkinson’s disease model. Nat Biotech 207;35:444-52
2. Stoker TB et al. Emerging treatment approaches for Parkinson's disease. Front Neurosci. 2018;12:693. Available at: [Accessed October 2023]


Date of preparation: October 2023