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June 2010: Meet a PD Researcher

Thank you for helping the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) to fund the recipient of this year’s ‘Fund a Researcher’ challenge.  See below for details on this grantee’s exciting work and that of 13 other scientists.


Thank You for Funding a Researcher

In April, PDF asked you to help us Fund a Researcher by donating to the 2010 Parkinson’s Awareness Month Challenge.  You helped us to raise nearly $70,000 – nearly $20,000 over our original goal!

PDF is proud to announce that your gifts enabled us to fund the research of Sonia George, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota.  Dr. George is one of 14 researchers receiving grants through two key PDF programs – the International Research Grants Program and Research Fellowships Program.  PDF is providing a total of $1.2 million to support the work of these researchers.

Dr. George is using her grant to study strategies for slowing down or preventing the cognitive symptoms experienced by some people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and by those with a related condition called Lewy body dementia (LBD).  She hopes that this project, entitled, The Role of Alpha-Synuclein in Parkinson’s Disease Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies, will lead to new therapeutic approaches for both PD and LBD.

Thank you for helping to fund this important research.  Would you like to learn more about this year's other research projects?

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