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As with the preceding year, 2021 proved to be challenging due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic (and it is not over yet). Vaccines were rolled out with remarkable speed, but equally new variants of the virus popped up and have kept Governments and health regulatory bodies on their toes.
An amazing feature of the last two years has been the response to the pandemic from the research community – not only in sequencing novel variants and testing new vaccines – but also in terms of keeping research projects ongoing in other fields of science. Despite everything pandemic-related, there has been significant progress in areas like Parkinson’s research.
In today’s post, we will consider three big Parkinson’s-related research takeaways of 2021 (based on our humble opinions here at the SoPD), and then we will provide an extended overview of some of the important discoveries and pieces of news from the last 12 months (Be warned: this will be a long post).
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There are 52.143 weeks in a year, which equates to:
- 365 sun rises and sunsets
- Approximately 13.3 lunar orbits (Source)
- 8 760 hours
- US$93.86 trillion in global gross domestic production (nominal terms; 194 economies in 2021 – Source)
- 525 600 minutes
- 29.2 tons of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production and recycling (per person – based on an average 80kg individual)
- 31 622 400 seconds (Source)
- Approximately 35 million heart beats and 8.4 million breaths
Basically, ample time and resources to do some useful stuff (beyond simply binging “Squid games” on Netflix or playing “candy crunch”).
The face of 2021? Source: Tasteofcinema
The last 52.143 weeks have been particularly challenging in many countries due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Despite these ongoing challenges, significant progress has been made in the research surrounding Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative conditions in 2021.
Below we will discuss three of the main research-related pieces of news for Parkinson’s (as determined by the team here at SoPD HQ), before providing a month-by-month overview of the note worthy events.
The main events in Parkinson’s-related research for 2021
(in no particular order)