Parkinson's mission for founder of Google
Published 03/07/2010 | 05:00
Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, is harnessing the power of his search engine in an attempt to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.
Mr Brin (36) is creating a database of information from thousands of sufferers and will use computers to find links between them.
Mr Brin entered the medical research field after discovering several years ago that he has a high chance of developing Parkinson's himself.
His mother, Eugenia, a former NASA mathematician, was diagnosed in 1999 and a genetic test put Mr Brin's own chances of developing the disease at 80pc.
He has described the pace of research into Parkinson's as "glacial" compared with developments on the internet and hopes that his methods will dramatically accelerate the search for a cure. He has invited 10,000 Parkinson's sufferers to take part in the project, asking them to pay a nominal fee. (© Daily Telegraph, London)