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  • Sphingolipid and Alpha-synuclein Interactions

    Study Rationale:                   
    The contributions of multiple factors to Parkinson's disease (PD) are not fully understood.  However, it is clear that a normal cellular protein called alpha...


    Year Funded: 2019
  • Connexins as a New Therapeutic Target to Impede Spreading of Alpha-synuclein Pathology

    Study Rationale:
    Direct cellular connectivity has recently been implicated in the transfer of alpha-synuclein pathology associated with Parkinson’s disease. The gap junction proteins known as connexins...


    Year Funded: 2019
  • Biomaterial-enhanced Cellular Brain Repair for Parkinson's Disease

    Study Rationale:
    One promising approach for the treatment of Parkinson’s is to replace the cells that have died in the disease through transplantation of healthy cells into the brain. However, this...


    Year Funded: 2019
  • Study in Finnish Population to Identify Therapies with Repurposing Potential for Parkinson’s Disease

    Study Rationale:
    Effective treatments for slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease are urgently needed. Searching for possible treatments among drugs already used for other indications is a...


    Year Funded: 2019
  • Restoring the Nigrostriatal Pathway with Living Micto-tissue Engineered Axonal Tracts Supplement

    Promising Outcomes of Original Grant:
    The classic motor deficits of Parkinson’s disease (PD) are caused by degeneration of dopamine neurons, resulting in the loss of part of the neurons called axonal...


    Year Funded: 2019
  • Genome-wide Association Study in Parkinson’s Disease Among an East Asian Population

    Study Rationale:
    The majority of the genome-wide association studies in Parkinson’s disease have included European ancestry cases and controls only, and targeted studies in East Asian populations only...


    Year Funded: 2019
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