2013-14 Funded Research

Four Post-Doctoral Fellowships awarded to support post-doctoral scientists whose research training holds promise into new insights of geriatric psychology, pathophysiology, etiology and treatment of Parkinson's disease. This is a fellowship of $35,000 per year for one year.

João Paulo Lima Daher, MD, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham
“Defining LRRK2 Action in a-Synuclein
Induced Neurodegeneration"

Mian Cao, PhD

Yale University
“The Function of Parkin-mediated
Ubiquitination in Synaptic Function"

Dirk Landgraf, PhD

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
“Investigating Alpha-synuclein Toxicity
by Analyzing Single-cell Dynamics"

Cathy N.P. Lui, PhD

Northwestern University
“Nanoparticle-driven Neuroprotection
of Dopamine Neurons"

Seven Research Grants awarded for junior investigators to pursue research in Parkinson's disease. The applicant must be affiliated with and perform the research project at an academic institution. This is a grant of $50,000 per year for one year, renewable. September 2014 Progress Update

Ming Guo, MD, PhD

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
“Identification and Characterization of a
Suppressor of the PINK1/Parkin Pathway
in Drosophila and Mammalian Cells"

Laura Vopicelli-Daley, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham
“LRRK2 in Pathological Synuclein
Transmission"

Sheng-Han Kuo, MD

Columbia University
“The Role of Glucocerebrosidase
and Chaperone-medicated Autophagy
in Parkinson's Disease"

Talene Yacoubian, MD, PhD.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
“Effects of 14-3-3s on Alpha-synuclein
Release and Toxicity"

Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS

Boston University
“Mobile Health Technology to Promote
Physical Activity in Persons with Parkinson's Disease"

Xin Qi, PhD

Case Western University School of Medicine
“Protection of Mitochondrial Function
in Neurons from Patients with Parkinson's Disease"

C. Savio Chan, PhD

Northwestern University
“Corticostriatal Disruption in a
Parkinson's Disease Model"

The 2013 Summer Student Fellowships are as follows:

Ricky R. Savjani
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

“An Adaptive Psychophysics Battery for
Recording in Human Basal Ganglia
Neurons During Intraoperative
Deep Brain Stimulation"

Mitchell J. Bartlett
The University of Arizona

“Investigations of Glycosylated
Peptides for the Treatment of
Levodopa-induced Dyskinesia"

Josh Doorn
Stanford Research Center

“Characterization of Mitochondrial Function
and Neurodegeneration in the PARK9 Mouse"

David Adamowicz
University of California-San Diego

“Characterization of induced Pluripotent
Stem Cell Models of Sporadic
Parkinson's Disease and Optimization
of Transfection Methods for Future Live Imaging"