What we Fund

APDA has been a funding partner in most major scientific breakthroughs and has awarded more than $42 million in research grants to date. APDA maintains eight Centers for Advanced Research and individual research grants and fellowships are awarded annually for promising research by experienced and young scientists. A prominent panel of the country's most outstanding neurologists and scientists reviews all research applications and recommends funding of the more promising ones.

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 served more than 26,000 patients in 2014 and received nearly $700,000 in funding to support the following: research trainees; fellowship programs; published peer review manuscripts and provided pilot data for NIH grants have at least three successful research programs, preferably NIH funded, that include significant patient-oriented research. The Centers facilitate optimum research at the forefront of Parkinson's disease in the following areas: inflammation in PD; DBS programs; functional surgery; epidemiological studies; genetics, clinical trials, biomarkers for PD; exercise in PD; ultrasound projects; heritability, the role of TG2; atypical parkinsonism; non-motor symptoms; alpha-synuclein; PD self-management; preclinical assessment of investigational therapies and L-dopa studies.

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.

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.