The American Parkinson Disease Association has announced grants totaling more than $1.7 million in support of early-career scientists pursuing cutting-edge Parkinson’s disease research.
The awards include a clinical research fellowship, two postdoctoral research fellowships, and eleven research grants awarded to investigators at U.S. academic institutions.
The George C. Cotzias Fellowship, which supports a long-range project by a young physician-scientist with exceptional promise, was awarded to Aasef Shaikh (Cleveland VA Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University), who will use his award to investigate the influence of basal ganglia, thalamus, and cerebellum network on discordant visual input induced gait disorder in PD.
Postdoctoral fellowships were awarded to Daniel Joyce (Stanford University), who will study pupil-based biomarkers of PD, and Giulietta Riboldi (New York University School of Medicine), who will research the role of GBA mutations in the pathogenesis of PD. Recipients of research grants include Elizabeth Disbrow (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center), Eunsung Junn, (Rutgers University), Roberta Marongiu (Weill Cornell Medical College), and Talene Yacoubian (University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine).
The foundation also added PD research programs at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to its network of APDA Centers for Advanced Research, which work to facilitate investigations at the forefront of research on the causes, treatments, and ultimately a cure for PD.
"The work being done as a result of the grants in this new funding cycle will have an incredible impact on the world of PD," said Leslie A. Chambers, president and CEO of APDA. "This work is only possible because of the steadfast support of our generous APDA donors."