The Foundation supports research that can lead to the creation of better Parkinson's treatments. Here you can search previously awarded grants by keyword, program name, researcher name, institution or organization name and/or year.
FUNDED GRANTS ( 15)
Therapeutic Pipeline Program, 2015
There is a critical need for treatments that address depression and barriers to care among the approximately 5 million people living with Parkinson's disease (PD) worldwide. The purpose of this research is to test a new treatment (Telephone-Administered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or T-CBT) for depression in PD. The treatment does not involve medication but teac...
Researchers: Roseanne D. Dobkin, PhD
Improved Biomarkers and Clinical Outcome Measures, 2015
Validation of a Performance-based Assessment of Functional Ability Related to Cognition in Parkinson's Disease
There is a pressing need for new treatments to address cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease, yet there is no consensus on how to best evaluate their effectiveness. Treatment trials to date mainly use cognitive testing but improvement on such tests has questionable clinical or practical benefits. Functional assessments, which evaluate the ability to perfor...
Rapid Response Innovation Awards, 2014
A simple, painless and reliable method to detect Parkinson's disease at an early stage is very important to patients, doctors and researchers. Doctors want to help patients early, and scientists want to select patients for their research who will help in development of better drugs. We hope that the changes in electrical activity of hand muscles during handwriting will help in ...
Researchers: Michael Linderman, M.Sc.Eng., B.Sc.
Rapid Response Innovation Awards, 2013
Evaluation of Targeted Plasticity Therapy as a Treatment for Motor Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease
Deterioration of motor function is a debilitating symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD). We have recently developed a novel method that utilizes stimulation of the vagus nerve delivered during rehabilitative training to improve motor function after various types of brain injury. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) enhances plasticity, or the ability to change, within ne...
Rapid Response Innovation Awards, 2012
Orthostatic hypotension is a sudden drop in blood pressure (BP) when an individual changes position. Individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) commonly suffer from orthostatic hypotension and low BP due to reduced levels of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. Medications used to treat PD (such as levodopa) reduce norepinephrine levels, thus further reducing BP. Tyrosine is a ...
Researchers: Joanne DiFrancisco-Donoghue, PhD, RCEP