The Parkinson's Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that works to advance research on and improve care for people with Parkinson's disease, has announced grants totaling $8 million in support of the design and launch of PD-specific research centers.
Grants of $2 million each over four years will support the creation of research centers focused on Parkinson's at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Yale School of Medicine, University of Florida (in collaboration with Emory University), and the University of Michigan (in collaboration with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center). Over the next four years, the centers will conduct at least three interconnected PD studies. In addition, 10 percent of the grant funds will be reserved for innovative new collaborations or to jumpstart projects on the drawing board.
"We hope that fostering creativity and collaboration across multiple disciplines and looking at Parkinson's from new angles will lead to important breakthroughs," said Parkinson's Foundation senior vice president and chief scientific officer James Beck. "Not only research breakthroughs but also finding new implications for precision care and ways to modify the disease itself."
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