The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has awarded thirty-nine grants totaling more than $5 million in support of Parkinson's disease research. The selected grant recipients reflect the research strategy to define, measure, and treat Parkinson's disease. The foundation also awarded grants to help develop the research tools the field needs to advance.
The grants will support projects focused on defining the causes of and factors that account for variability in Parkinson's; new methods of diagnosing the disease; and effective treatments to stop or slow its progression. The funding also will support projects focused on developing critical research tools the field needs to advance, including assays, cell lines, and DNA plasmids.
All of the funding decisions serve the foundation's mission to find a cure for Parkinson's and improved treatments for those living with the disease today. Each research step -- from laboratory studies to understand the disease through clinical trials of potential drugs to stop it -- is designed to support those goals.