Parkinson's fighter: Gloria

Parkinson's Fighter: Gloria

My journey into research began in Chile, where I worked as a doctor specialising in metabolic diseases. I then went on to do a master’s degree in clinical Epidemiology in Rotterdam and a PhD in Public Health at the University of Liège in Belgium.

Now, as an epidemiologist in the Deep Digital Phenotyping research unit at the Luxembourg Institute of Health, I analyse the dynamics of different diseases within populations, studying changes over time and in response to demographic changes. Among other diseases, I focus my expertise on Parkinson's disease within the NCER-PD framework by studying the dynamics of Parkinson's disease in the Luxembourg population.

To do this, my colleagues and I analyse data from the Luxembourg Parkinson Study, which is a very special study as it provides comprehensive insights due to its large sample size, representing a significant part if the whole population, and its depth, gathering many sample and data over time. I provide methodological support to the whole study team and support them in extracting meaningful patterns that can, for example, inform future prevention strategies.

My aim is to improve our understanding of Parkinson's disease through population research and, in doing so, improve the lives of people affected by the disease.