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Light of Day Foundation Challenge

Light of Day Challenge

Goal: $100,000

Raised: $47,987


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Featured Research

PDF-funded Brain banks

Scientists are making inroads because thousands of people with Parkinson’s and their family members have donated their brains to science, including to PDF-supported programs at Columbia University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center.

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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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Funding Research & Results

ďWith the support of PDF, we are able to tackle some of the greatest challenges in Parkinsonís research.Ē - 2007 IRGP Awardee

Since our founding in 1957, PDF has supported $100 million in research with the goals of finding causes, advancing therapies and ending Parkinson's. 

PDF's funding philosophy is to empower stakeholders — Parkinson’s scientists, clinicians and other members of the scientific community — to identify novel questions about, and answers to, the puzzle of Parkinson’s. The research program is guided by PDF’s Scientific Advisory Committee, which is headed by Stanley Fahn, M.D. and comprises leading Parkinson's basic, clinical and translational scientists.

We fund research in four distinct ways. One of these is through Center Grants at major universities. Another is encouraging promising early-career investigators to devote their talents to the study of Parkinson's through mentored fellowships, training opportunities and career development grants. A third is funding talented independent investigators through our International Research Grants Program. And through the fourth, PDF is collaborating with other organizations on innovative joint projects.