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Episode 12: Accelerating Discovery by Developing and Distributing Research Tools with Nicole Polinski

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research established its Research Tools Program to address gaps in the field and common challenges surrounding the development of reagents and models that slowed the initial stages of promising research projects. In collaboration with many partners and stakeholders, the Research Tools Program helps ensure that scientists around the world have access to high-quality reagents, models, and more. These tools have been instrumental in launching novel research projects to better understand Parkinson's disease and to develop promising new treatment strategies. This episode features Dr. Nicole K. Polinski, Director of Research Resources at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In our conversation, she discusses her role in the organization, the wide variety of tools available through the Research Tools Program, and how academic and industry researchers can share their insights and feedback on current tools and future directions for tool development.

This podcast is geared toward researchers and clinicians. If you live with Parkinson’s or have a friend or family member with PD, listen to The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast. Hear from scientists, doctors and people with Parkinson's on different aspects of life with the disease as well as research toward treatment breakthroughs at

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You can learn more about the many resources The Michael J. Fox Foundation offers to researchers here.

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