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Featured Research

What can we learn by studying genetics and Parkinson's? PDF-funded researchers Drs. Mata and Zabetian share their progress six years after launching the first large-scale survey of PD genetics in Latin America.

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PDF Grant Programs

Are you interested in furthering Parkinson's science? View PDF's open grant programs.

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Center Grants

Through its Center Grants Program, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) provides funding to select research groups that have long and distinguished track records of, and commitment to, understanding Parkinson’s. Center Grants are based on the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. These grants allow a strong group of talented scientists, working on different but related Parkinson’s projects, the flexibility to collaborate with one another and tie their work together.

Currently, PDF awards Center Grants to the movement disorders centers at three prestigious institutions:

  • Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY)
  • Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL)
  • Weill Cornell Medical Center (New York, NY)

In funding centers, PDF looks for innovative, pioneering work that advances the understanding and treatment of Parkinson's disease. Our investment at these three centers covers the spectrum of Parkinson’s research: basic, translational and clinical. Parkinson's Research Centers are funded based on continuing excellent performance, accredited by peer review from the Scientific Advisory Committee.

In the current fiscal year, the Center Grants program will account for about $2.36 million — more than 50 percent of our total research budget.

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