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Mentored Fellowships with Leading Professional Associations

PDF has established mentored fellowships for up-and-coming scientists in collaboration with two leading professional associations:

  • PDF/PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award, with the Parkinson Study Group (PSG) - the leading consortium of university centers that run clinical trials in Parkinson’s disease
  • PDF/ABFClinician-Scientist Award, with the American Brain Foundation (ABF)- the philanthropic arm of the premier professional society of physicians specializing in brain disorders

The impact of the PDF/PSG: Mentored Clinical Research Award is already apparent — one of the first recipients of PDF’s Mentored Clinical Research Award, Wendy Galpern, M.D., Ph.D., is now overseeing Parkinson’s clinical trials at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the world’s leading source of funding for research into Parkinson’s and other brain disorders.

The 2008 recipient of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation/American Academy of Neurology Foundation Clinician-Scientist Development Award is Aleksandar Videnovic, M.D., M.Sc., from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. Videnovic used the award to study the sleep disorder known as 'daytime somnolence' and its relation to circadian rhythms.