Hi Lexi and Matt, thanks for posting.
Understanding the underlying genetics of Parkinson’s is a major focus for our research.
We've given Dr Oliver Bandmann at the University of Sheffield a 3 year grant worth £239,593 to study changes in the parkin gene in zebrafish. We hope this will help us understand how changes in parkin cause Parkinson's in people - and to develop new and better treatments.
You can read more about Oliver's project here:http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/pdf/g-0901_bandmann_zebrafish.pdf
I'm afraid I don't know of any research studies underway at the moment that are looking into helping people with Parkin mutations specifically - but there are lots of Parkinson's studies happening all over the UK, which you can browse on our website:http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/researchstudies
If you'd like more information about treatments for Parkinson's, there's lots of great info on our website:http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/about_parkinsons/treating_parkinsons.aspx
And there are Parkinson's nurses on our free and confidential helpline 0808 800 0303.
Hope this helps!