The Parkinson’s Foundation is driving transformative research by investing $3.5 million in innovative projects. The grants below represent investments for 2017. Stay tuned for updates. Research Centers Research Centers | $1.6 Million Allow talented scientists to collaborate on basic, translational and clinical research. Columbia University Medical Center° Un Jung Kang, M.D., PI Roy N. Alcalay, M.D., M.Sc. Robert E. Burke, M.D. Lorraine N. Clark, Ph.D. Stanley Fahn, M.D. Blair Ford, M.D. Jill S. Goldman, M.S., M.Phil. Lloyd A. Greene, Ph.D. Sheng-Han Kuo, M.D. Oren Levy, M.D., Ph.D. Karen Marder, M.D., M.P.H. Eugene Mosharov, Ph.D. Serge Przedborski, M.D., Ph.D. Seth L. Pullman, M.D. Yaakov Stern, Ph.D. David Sulzer, Ph.D. Nora Stella Vanegas-Arroyave, M.D. Jean Paul G. Vonsattel, M.D. Cheryl H. Waters, M.D. Ai Yamamoto, Ph.D. Rush University Medical Center° Christopher G. Goetz, M.D.,PI Brandon R. Barton, M.D., M.S. Bryan A. Bernard, Ph.D. Cynthia L. Comella, M.D. Jennifer G. Goldman, M.D., M.S. Deborah A. Hall, M.D., Ph.D. Katie Kompoliti, M.D. Jeffrey H. Kordower, Ph.D. Leo Verhagen-Metman, M.D., Ph.D. T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D. Kalipada Pahan, Ph.D. Glenn T. Stebbins, Ph.D. Advancing Parkinson’s Treatments Grants Advancing Parkinson’s Treatments Grants | $705,000 Facilitate the movement of treatments from “bench to bedside.” Translational Research Grants | $500,000 Impact of a Novel Exercise Intervention on Executive Function and Sleep in People with Parkinson’s Amy Amara, M.D., Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham Remotely-supervised Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for At-home Treatment of Fatigue and Cognitive Slowing in Parkinson’s Disease Milton Biagioni, M.D., New York University° Goal-directed Behavior in Parkinson’s Disease Nabila Dahodwala, M.D., University of Pennsylvania° Multi-modal Neuroimaging of Fatigue in Parkinson’s Disease Hengyi Rao, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania° Double-blind, Randomised, Cross-over, Pilot Study of Cannabidiol in People with Parkinson’s and RBD Sleep Disorder Renata Riha, M.D., University of Edinburgh Innovations Awards | $150,000 Parkinson Study Group: Advancing Clinical Research Hubert Fernandez, M.D., and Michael Schwarzschild, M.D., Ph.D., Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School° Meeting Sponsorship | $55,000 Gordon Research Conference on Parkinson’s Disease | $50,000 Andrew Singleton, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health (Chair), J. Timothy Greenamyre, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (Co-Chair) 20 Years of Alpha-synuclein in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Synucleinopathies: From Bedside to Bench and Back to the Patient | $3,000 Leonidas Stefanis, M.D., Ph.D., University of Athens Medical School (Chair), Kostas Vekrellis, Ph.D., Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (Co-Chair) American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair Travel Grants | $2,000 Fredric Manfredsson, Ph.D., Michigan State University Fellowship and Career Development Awards Fellowship and Career Development Awards | $1.17 Million Prepare leaders in Parkinson’s research and clinical practice. Clinical Training Fellowships | $460,000 Columbia University Medical Center° Deepak Gupta, M.D.* Devin Hall, M.D.* Krithi Irmandy, M.D., Ph.D. Lan Luo, M.D.** Sarah O’Shea, M.D.* Rush University Medical Center° Avram Fraint, M.D.* Anjali Gera, M.D. Stanley Fahn Junior Faculty Awards | $300,000 Direct Imaging of the Cause and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease with Synthetic Modulatory Neurotransmitter Nanosensors Markita Landry, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley In Vivo Systems-based and Unbiased Approaches to Study A-syn Toxicity Maxime Rousseaux, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine° Deconstructing the Behavioral Neuropharmacology of Parkinson’s Disease Michael Tadross, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University° Postdoctoral Research Fellowships | $275,000 D620N VPS35 Knock-In Mice: A New Model of Familial Parkinson’s Disease Xi Chen, Ph.D., Mentor: Darren Moore, Ph.D., Van Andel Institute Mitochondrial Protein Homeostasis in Peripheral Axons Jill Falk, Ph.D., Mentor: Thomas Schwarz, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston Human Dopamine Neuronal Progenitors for PD Therapeutic Development Xiang Li, Ph.D., Mentor: Su-Chun Zhang, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Investigation of the Role of the Neuronal NLRP3 Inflammasome in PD Nikhil Panicker, Ph.D., Mentor: Ted Dawson, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine° Role of Cerebellum on Basal Ganglia Cortical Network in Parkinson’s Disease Nicholas Strzalkowski, Ph.D., Mentor: Zelma Kiss, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S.C., University of Calgary, Canada° Collaborative Fellowships | $138,000 Clinical Research Training Fellowship | $45,000 (In partnership with the American Brain Foundation / American Academy of Neurology)Wearable Devices and Smartphone Apps in PD Michelle Fullard, M.D., Mentor: Alice Chen-Plotkin, M.D., University of Pennsylvania° Parkinson’s Foundation-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award | $50,000 (In partnership with the Parkinson Study Group)Automated Closed-looped Algorithm to Rapidly Optimize DBS Settings for PD Matthew Petrucci, Ph.D., Mentors: Paul Tuite, M.D., Colum MacKinnon, Ph.D., and Theoden Netoff, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Parkinson’s Foundation-HHMI Medical Fellowship | $43,000 (In partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute)Automated Closed-looped Algorithm to Rapidly Optimize DBS Settings for PD Zachary Abecassis, M.D., Mentor: C Savio Chan, Ph.D., candidate, Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine° Parkinson’s Foundation-APDA Summer Student Fellowships | $60,000 (In partnership with the American Parkinson Disease Association) Development of Non-invasive Immunotherapy for PD: Intranasal Targeting of Immunoglobulin G Antibodies to the CNS Sam Boroumand, Mentor: Robert Thorne, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Brain Atrophy and the Progression of Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s Carolina Cao, Mentor: Meghan Campbell, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine Role of Lactate Shuttling in Motor Control of GPe Neurons Isabel Fan, Mentor: C. Savio Chan, Ph.D., Northwestern University° The Interaction of Two Parkinson’s Disease Genes FBX07 and PINK1 Dima Hage, Mentor: David Park, Ph.D., University of Ottawa Modulating SNr Neuronal Activity in PD and LID Yong Hu, M.D., Ph.D. Student, Mentor: Un Jung Kang, M.D., Columbia University Medical Center° Characterizing Microsaccades as a Novel Diagnostic Biomarker for PD Sarah Kang, Mentor: Aasef Shaikh, M.D., Ph.D., Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center Stability, Activity and Mutation Effects In Human and Mouse LRRK2 Rebekah Langston, Mentor: Mark Cookson, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health Using Human Neurons to Delineate the Role of the Unfolded Protein Response in Parkinson’s Disease Lotus Lum, Mentor: Scott Oakes, M.D., University of California, San Francisco° Mapping of Cortical Networks Activated by Dorsal vs. Ventral STN-DBS Aarathi Minisandram, Mentor: Todd Herrington, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital° Effect of Levodopa on the Consolidation of Learning in People with PD Zhen-Yi Andy Ou, Mentor: Madeleine Sharp, M.D., M.Sc., Montreal Neurological Hospital Nuclear Membrane Abnormalities in a Symptomatic Dystonia Model CheyAnne Rivera, Mentor: William Dauer, M.D., University of Michigan Novel Neuro-ophthalmic Clinical Markers for Parkinson’s Disease Caroline Yu, Mentor: Y. Joyce Liao, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford School of Medicine * Denotes a second year of funding ** Denotes third year of funding °Denotes Center of Excellence Help us invest in Parkinson’s research. Donate now.