"[This] is an opportunity to test potential disease-modifying therapies."
Kateri Spinelli, Ph.D.
PDF Grant Programs
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2011 Research Grantees
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation provided support to 40 scientific projects in 2011 for a total of $5.5 million. These included projects and mentored fellowships initiated by individual investigators from the global scientific grassroots community and collaborative projects being conducted by research teams at major institutions.
- Center Grants
- International Research Grants
- Fellowship and Career Development Grants
- Additional Research Programs
Center Grants | $2.62 Million
Allow strong groups of talented scientists the flexibility and long-term support to collaborate on basic, translational and clinical research.
Columbia University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center
Weill Cornell Medical Center
International Research Grants | $825,000
Designed to promote innovative research projects that have high potential to significantly advance the knowledge of Parkinson’s.
Evaluating the Role of Mitochondrial Dynamics in Parkinson's Disease in an In Vivo Vertebrate Model: Real-Time Live Imaging of Mitochondrial Dynamics in Dopamine Neurons in Whole Zebrafish
Impact of Low- and High-Frequency Electrical Stimulation on the Inputs, Integrative Properties and Output of the Subthalamic Nucleus
Telomere Biology in Patients with Incident Parkinson’s Disease*
Small Aromatic Molecules as Novel Inhibitors of Alpha-Synuclein Aggregation
Identification of Genes for Parkinson's Disease in an Isolated Greek Community and a Greek Population Cohort
Fellowship and Career Development Grants | $1.28 Million
Aim to support scientists and clinicians in the early stages of their careers in Parkinson's and to generate interest in Parkinson’s research and patient care among up-and-coming scientists.
Research Fellowship Projects | $250,000
Development of a Progressive Neurodegenerative Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease
Evaluating Pedunculopontine Nucleus Stimulation as a Treatment for L-DOPA- Resistant Gait Disorders in Advanced Parkinson's Disease
The Role of Parkin in Regulating Mitochondrial Dynamics and Homeostasis in Cortical and Dopaminergic Neurons
The Locus Coeruleus as a Substrate for Parkinsonian Cognitive Inflexibility
Post Residency Fellowship Training | $720,000
Sheila Rane, M.D., Rush University Medical Center
Summer Student Fellowship Projects | $45,000
Identifying the Natural and Functional Progression of PD
R2* Changes in Substantia Nigra and Dentate Nucleus Related to Tremor-and Akinetic/Rigid-Predominant Parkinson’s Disease
The Effects of Autophagy Enhancement on Alpha-Synuclein in Vivo
Instability in Persons with Parkinsonism: Assessment and Interventions in a Community Setting
β oscillations in the STN and SNr of Parkinson’s Disease Patients
Cardiovascular Autonomic Dysfunction as an Early Biomarker for Parkinson’s Disease
Cognitive Profiles of PD: Implications for Dementia
Effectiveness of O4 in the Regulation of Toxicity Levels in Parkinson's Disease Models
Role of Beta-Band Activity within the Internal Segment of the Globus Pallidus in Non-Human Primates During a command/countermand motor task
In Vivo and In Vitro Assessment of Urate Modulation by Pyrazinamide
GABAA Receptor Expression Profile and Function in the Globus Pallidus
Effect of Forced Exercise on Resting State Functional Connectivity in Parkinson’s Disease
Examination of PGC-1α and SIRT3 Pathways in LRRK2 and Alpha-Synuclein | Models of Parkinson’s Disease
Potential Abnormalities of Brain Circuits of Parkinson’s Disease
The Effect of Wii Fitness Training on Postural Imbalance in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
Collaborative Fellowships | $265,000
PDF-AANF Clinician-Scientist Development Award | $165,000 (three years)
Mechanisms of Cell Type-Specific Vulnerability in Synucleinopathy: A Yeast-Stem Cell Dual Discovery Platform
PDF-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award | $100,000
Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety in Parkinson’s (BEHTA-PD): A Pilot Study
Genetic and Transcriptional Analysis of Susceptibility for PD Neuropathology
Additional Research Programs | $189,000
Funds innovative collaborative programs, such the Advancing Parkinson’s Therapies grant to the Parkinson Study Group to facilitate the movement of treatments from “bench to bedside.”
*Denotes second year of funding