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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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Study in French Population to Identify Therapies with Repurposing Potential for Parkinson’s Disease

    Study Rationale:
    There is an urgent need to identify effective, safe and inexpensive drugs for Parkinson’s disease, and over past years, there has been increasing interest on ways to repurpose existing...

    Year Funded: 2019
  • CRISPRi/dCas9 Downregulation of Alpha-synuclein as a Novel Gene Therapy

    Study Rationale:
    Neurodegeneration in the brains of people with Parkinson’s may be caused by protein clumps called Lewy bodies, the pathological hallmark of the disease. Lewy bodies consist of a...

    Year Funded: 2019
  • Correlating MRI, Pathology and Cognitive Assessments toward Biomarkers of Cognitive Decline

    Study Rationale:
    Parkinson’s studies are working to identify magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biomarkers for early diagnosis, disease severity and progression. However, attempts to explore how brain...

    Year Funded: 2019
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