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ASAP Initiative

The Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) Initiative was shaped by convening experts within and outside Parkinson’s disease research to develop an ambitious roadmap that tackles key scientific challenges in Parkinson’s disease.

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Led by Nobel Laureate Randy Schekman, ASAP was created by the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy with support from the Sergey Brin Family Foundation. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an active partner in the implementation of the ASAP Initiative.

Learn more about the Initiative at

Read an editorial in The Lancet Neurology on the ASAP initiative.

Open Funding Program

ASAP accepted funding applications for its Collaborative Research Network for projects that focus on Biology of PD-associated Genes or Neuro-immune Interactions. The deadline was January 8, 2020. 

The Initiative is planning to open a call in 2020 for funding applications from multidisciplinary teams studying Circuitry and Brain-body Interactions.

Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program

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The Initiative has also announced its support of the Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program (GP2), which aims to expand understanding of the genetic architecture of Parkinson’s disease to uncover novel risk factors, therapeutic targets and biomarker candidates. GP2 will genotype samples from more than 150,000 volunteers worldwide. Read more about this program.

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