The Parkinson's Foundation has announced grants totaling $6.2 million in support of clinical trials, research centers, and fellowships and career development opportunities for scientists focused on the disease.
This year, the foundation increased its grantmaking by $2.2 million, which includes funding for five additional movement disorders training awards and postdoctoral fellowships. Fifty-three grants ranging from three months to three years in duration were awarded in support of diverse research initiatives, providing students, postdoctoral researchers, and clinicians with opportunities to test innovative ideas and continue their work in the field of Parkinson's research.
The grants include awards totaling $1.9 million to Parkinson's Foundation Research Centers at Columbia University and Rush University, Independent Investigator Awards totaling more than $2 million, and fellowships and early-career awards totaling $1.9 million. Recipients include Liana Rosenthal at Johns Hopkins University, a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence, who will use her $100,000 Clinical Research Award to study whether alpha-synuclein, a protein found in the brain, can predict cognitive decline in people with PD who develop dementia.
"Our goal at the Parkinson's Foundation is to increase funding for researchers making significant contributions to advance our understanding of Parkinson's disease," said Parkinson's Foundation president and CEO John L. Lehr. "By investing in innovative research, we are making progress toward better therapies and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson's."