The Parkinson’s Foundation announces a $3.4 million investment across 34 research grants to advance promising Parkinson’s disease (PD) research.

“The Parkinson’s Foundation continues to provide these annual grant opportunities especially during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that PD research can successfully move forward. These research grants are a critical to driving better patient outcomes and ensuring a better future for people with Parkinson’s disease.”  

— John L. Lehr, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation

Parkinson’s Foundation research grants fund a diverse array of research studies that provide pre and postdoctoral researchers with training opportunities, and established scientists and clinicians with the support to test innovative ideas that can lead to impactful research findings in the Parkinson’s field, according to a media release.

“With the support of the Parkinson’s Foundation, we hope to better understand how the nervous system functions as it relates to people with advanced Parkinson’s disease experience freezing gait, an inability to move their feet, during demanding or particularly stressful situations. We hope to develop ways to identify those at risk of developing cognitive and walking impairments as their disease progresses and provide the key to better therapies.”

— Kevin Wilkins, PhD, a postdoctoral grant recipient

This year the Foundation invested $450,000 in Impact Award programs. This award supports high-risk, high-reward projects that discover more about the biology of Parkinson’s and new treatments to people with Parkinson’s. Impact Award recipients received a maximum of $150,000 for approximately 1 year.

“These research grants allow us to better understand Parkinson’s disease and move the needle forward for better care and therapies for people with PD. We are thrilled to support these highly promising grant recipients as they advance research towards a cure.”

— James Beck, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation

Parkinson’s Foundation research investments are selected through a competitive application process and peer-reviewed by a panel that includes scientific experts and Foundation-trained research advocates. Since 1957, the Foundation has invested more than $365 million in Parkinson’s research and clinical care.

Research award categories include: independent investigator awards, fellowships and early career awards, collaborative fellowships awards and Parkinson’s Foundation Research Centers awards.

For more information about Parkinson’s Foundation research grants, visit Parkinson’s Foundation.

[Source(s): Parkinson’s Foundation, PR Newswire]

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