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Investigating Environmental Factors that Increase the Risk for Parkinson’s Disease


This funding program supported projects to investigate environmental exposures, such as chemicals or toxic emissions, that increase the risk of PD and/or influence disease progression.

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While there are reports linking a variety of environmental factors with risk of PD, much remains unknown regarding the identification of specific environmental factors, their role in disease, and quantification of their contributions. A better understanding of such factors could lead to efforts to reduce or prevent such exposures in order to reduce the risk of PD.

What Fits

Applications could focus on studies that achieve the following goals: 

  • Analyze large epidemiological datasets to identify environmental risk factors, such as exposure to chemicals, toxic emissions, air pollutants, and dietary contaminants, which are associated with an increased risk of PD.

This program was not appropriate for studies that require additional or prospective data collection.

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