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Update on Community Choice Research Awards 

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James Beck, Ph.D.

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Research We Fund

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is pleased to announce new 2016 research investments to solve, treat and end Parkinson’s disease.

The grants are part of our strategy to invest in leaders in science, health care and the patient community and then mobilize those leaders to work together toward the cure for Parkinson's.

Please stay tuned for additional research announcement throughout the year.

[+] PDF Research Centers

PDF 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.
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.
Dustin R. Wakeman, Ph.D.

[+] PDF Advancing Parkinson’s Treatments Grants

PDF Advancing Parkinson’s Treatments Grants | $317,875

Facilitate the movement of treatments from “bench to bedside.”

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

PDF Parkinson’s Prevalence Project | $50,000

Parkinson’s Prevalence Data Analysis
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

Meeting Sponsorship | $88,375

The Disease Modification in Early Parkinson’s Disease Consortium | $15,000
(In partnership with the American Parkinson Disease Association)
David Charles, M.D., and Mallory Hacker, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Dystonia in Parkinson’s Disease | $20,000
William T. Dauer, M.D., University of Michigan

Non-pharmaceutical Ways of Maintaining Cognitive Function in Parkinson’s | $20,000
Jennifer G. Goldman, M.D., M.S., Rush University Medical Center

Third Global Force PD: Cell Based Therapies | $15,000
Jeffrey H. Kordower, Ph.D., and Lorenz Studer, M.D., Rush University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Second Palliative Care in Parkinson’s | $18,375
Keiran Tuck, M.B.B.S., Julie Carter, R.N., M.S., A.N.P., and Benzi Kluger, M.D., M.S., Oregon Health & Science University and University of Colorado

PAIR Leadership Awards | $29,500

Meaningful Cognitive Outcomes in PD | $5,000
Jared Benge, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.-C.N., Baylor Scott & White Health

Enhancing Patient Engagement in PD Mental Health Research | $5,000
Roseanne D. Dobkin, Ph.D., Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Impact of Exercise on Fatigue, Anxiety and Depression in PD | $9,500
Mary S. Feldman, D.O., Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Parkinson’s Disease Outreach and Education to Underserved Communities | $5,000
Jacqueline Rick, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

The Ecological MOod TrackEr (EMOTE) App in Parkinson’s Disease: Filling the Unmet Need | $5,000
Alit Stark-Inbar, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

[+] PDF Fellowship and Career Development Awards

PDF 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.
Lan Luo, M.D.*
Sarah O’Shea, M.D.
Miriam Sklerov, M.D.**

Rush University Medical Center
Meagan Bailey, M.D.*
Avram Fraint, M.D.

Stanley Fahn Junior Faculty Awards | $900,000

High Throughput in Vivo Screens for Targeted Parkinson’s Disease Gene Therapies
James Dahlman, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

Parkinson’s Genetic Risk Factors in Latino Populations
Ignacio Fernandez Mata, Ph.D., University of Washington

Direct Pathway Striatal Activity in Dyskinesia
Alexandra Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships | $500,000

Dynamic Interaction Between Striatal Dopaminergic and Cholinergic System in Regulation of Beta-band Oscillations as Mechanisms Underlying PD Pathophysiology
Daigo Homma, Ph.D., Mentor: Ann Graybiel, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Investigating the Function of Mitochondrial Derived Vesicles in Neurons and Their Role in PD
Rosalind Roberts, D.Phil., Mentor: Edward Fon, M.D., McGill University

Loss of Glucocerebrosidase Increases Dopaminergic Neuronal Vulnerability by Impairing Autophagic Flux
Emily Rocha, Ph.D., Mentor: J. Timothy Greenamyre, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Alpha-synuclein Mediated Toxicity in the Aged Rat Brain Molecular Mechanism of the Nucleus
Ivette Martinez Sandoval, Ph.D., Mentor: Timothy Collier, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Thalamostriatal Adaptations in Parkinson’s
Asami Tanimura, Ph.D., Mentor: D. James Surmeier, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Collaborative Fellowships | $102,500

PDF-ABF Clinician-Scientist Development Award | $52,500
(In partnership with the American Brain Foundation)
Parkin Overexpression as a Therapeutic Strategy**
Amber Van Laar, M.D., Mentor: J. Timothy Greenamyre, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

PDF-PSG Mentored Clinical Research Award | $50,000
(In partnership with the Parkinson Study Group)
Cerebellar Morphologic and Functional MRI Measures as a Biomarker of Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease
Baijayanta Maiti, M.D., Ph.D., Mentors: Joel Perlmutter, M.D., and Steven Petersen, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

PDF-APDA Summer Student Fellowships | $60,000
(In partnership with the American Parkinson Disease Association)

Identifying Elements of the Transcriptional Regulatory Network of PARIS (ZNF746) Involved in Alpha-synuclein-Induced Neurodegeneration
Preston Ge, Mentor: Ted Dawson, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

The Interaction of Parkinson’s Disease Gene FBXO7 with Bag2
Dima Hage, Mentor: David Park, Ph.D., University of Ottawa

DBH-ASYN Mouse Model, Effect of Inflammation in Gastrointestinal System
Kiana Khosravian, Mentor: Malú Tansey, Ph.D., Emory University

The Role of the ESCRT Complex in a Vesicular Trafficking Pathway from Mitochondria to Lysosomes
Sydney Lee, Mentor: Edward Fon, M.D., McGill University

REM Sleep Without Atonia Signatures Help Distinguish Between Synucleinopathy Disorders
Stuart McCarter, Mentor: Erik St. Louis, M.D., Mayo Clinic

In Vivo Optical Measurement of Direct and Indirect Path Projection Neuron Activity in a PD Rodent Model with Treatment of L-DOPA and Cannabinoid Antagonists
Rachel Mikofsky, Mentor: David Sulzer, Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center

Relevance of Amino Acid Charge/Polarity in New Familial Mutants of Alpha-synuclein
Emily Ong, Mentor: Shubhik DebBurman, Ph.D., Lake Forest College

Impact of Inflammation on Alpha-synuclein Expression in the Colonic Enteric Nervous System
Henry Resnikoff, Mentor: Marina Emborg. M.D., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Association Between Water Source and Incidental Parkinson’s Disease
Maya Silver, Mentor: Brad Racette, M.D., Washington University

Investigation of Dopamine Neuron Degeneration as a Consequence of Microbiome-Derived Bacteria
Samuel Stanley, Mentor: Kim Caldwell, Ph.D., University of Alabama

Parkinson’s Disease Penetrance in Obligate Carriers of SMPD1 Mutations
Adina Wise, Mentor: Roy Alcalay, M.D., M.S., Columbia University Medical Center

High Angular Resolution Diffusion Imaging Correlates of Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease
Kali Xu, Mentor: Kathleen Poston, M.D., M.S., Stanford University School of Medicine

* Denotes a second year of funding ** Denotes third year of funding 

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