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Parkinson's News in Brief: PDF Announces $5.5 Million in Parkinson's Research Awards

Dear Friend of PDF,

What is the latest in Parkinson’s research? In this issue of News in Brief, PDF is pleased to announce awards in the amount of $5.5 million, supporting 40 research projects designed to understand the causes of and find a cure for Parkinson’s.


PDF Announces $5.5 Million in Parkinson’s Research Awards

Because of your support, PDF is able to fund promising research projects in our fiscal year 2012, which began July 1. The research projects reflect PDF’s philosophy to empower the community – of scientists, clinicians, people with Parkinson’s and health care professionals – to find creative solutions benefitting the seven to 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson’s.

What type of research are we funding this year?

  • PDF’s commitment of $5.5 million supports collaborative projects being conducted by research teams at major institutions and fellowships and career development grants to train individuals in Parkinson’s research and care.
  • The awards also support 11 investigator-driven projects, such as that of Elena Vazey, Ph.D., of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, whose investigations into norepinephrine may help us to better understand its impact on Parkinson’s and the potential of norepinephrine-targeted therapies to treat the disease.
  • Lastly, awards also support projects such as the Advancing Parkinson’s Therapies grant to the Parkinson Study Group to facilitate the movement of Parkinson’s treatments from “bench to bedside.”

As PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott noted, “Each of this year’s research projects, in its own way, represents an innovative approach to solving Parkinson’s.”

Are you interested in learning more? Browse through this year’s full list of research projects online or read through some of the project abstracts. We look forward to updating you on this research as it progresses.


Sincerely,


Dr. James Beck
Director of Research Programs

 


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