APDA 2013-14 Funded Research

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was founded in 1961 to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure through research, as well as patient and caregiver support and education.   APDA has been a funding partner in most major scientific breakthroughs and will provide $1,148,177 in new research funding for this fiscal year 2013-2014 (Sept. 1 -  Aug. 31) through the following programs:

Eight Centers for Advanced Research located in major academic and medical centers across the country intended to strengthen and help to integrate already existing investigative teams.  These Centers have at least three successful research programs, preferably NIH funded, that include significant patient-oriented research and are funded $75,000 per year located at Boston University School of Medicine; Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta; UNDNJ Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, New Brunswick, NJ; University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville; UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles; University of Pittsburgh; University of Alabama at Birmingham; Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis.

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.

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

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”