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The Foundation supports research across basic, translational and clinical science to speed breakthroughs that can lead to the creation of new treatments and a better quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease.

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  • Biosample Use Program, 2020
    Metabolomic Analysis of Penetrance, Prognosis and Tracking Biomarkers of LRRK2 PD

    Study Rationale:
    Mutations in a gene called LRRK2 can cause Parkinson's disease but only a quarter to half of the people who carry one of these mutations will actually develop Parkinson’s in their...

  • Research Grant, 2020
    More Than Pretty Pictures: Ion Imaging of Lipid Content and Flux Kinetics in Models of Parkinson’s Disease

    Study Rationale:
    Glycosphingolipids are natural cellular fats. They are components of cellular membranes that fulfill multiple functional roles, from cell structure and transport to signaling. The...

  • Therapeutic Pipeline Program, 2020
    Developing TMEM175 Activators as Therapeutics for Parkinson's Disease

    Study Rationale:    
    Our aim is to develop a drug that will slow or stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease in patients who carry a mutation in the TMEM175 gene. The TMEM175 gene produces a...

  • Therapeutic Pipeline Program, 2020
    Identification and Characterization of Small Molecule Activators of ATP13A2 for Parkinson’s Disease Therapy

    Study Rationale:
    In Parkinson’s disease, neurons degenerate because of a disturbed function of the lysosomes and mitochondria. The lysosomal transporter ATP13A2 (PARK9) is genetically implicated in...

  • Target Validation, 2020
    Identification of apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD (ASC) as a disease-modifying therapeutic target in Parkinson’s disease

    Study Rationale:
    Inflammasomes are large multiprotein complexes that play a central role in the innate immune system, the body’s first line of defense against microbes. Inflammasomes are key drivers...

  • Research Grant, 2020
    Chemogenetic and Pharmacological Targeting of the Raphe-Cortical Pathway to Reduce the Development and Expression of Levodopa-Induced Psychosis

    Study Rationale:
    Parkinson’s disease is best known as a movement disorder, yet non-motor symptoms such as anxiety, depression and psychosis afflict over 50 percent of patients and severely impact...

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