What We Fund Research & Impact What We Fund What We Fund APDA has been a funding partner in many major scientific breakthroughs and has awarded more than $49 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. Grants are awarded through a competitive application process and reviewed by APDA’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is comprised of scientists with a wide array of backgrounds and expertise in all areas relevant to Parkinson’s disease research. Funded Research 2020-2021 Funded Research 2019-2020 Funded Research 2018-2019 Funded Research 2017-2018 Funded Research 2016-2017 Funded Research 2015-2016 Funded Research 2014-2015 Funded Research 2013-2014 Funded Research Professional Education APDA provides sponsorship support for select professional education opportunities to foster and encourage the sharing of ideas, knowledge and possibilities among PD professionals. Learn more about APDA’s support of these programs Centers for Advanced Research are located in major academic and medical centers across the country intended to strengthen and help to integrate already existing investigative teams. These Centers receive funding to support large research programs which include: research trainees; fellowship programs; early stage discovery programs and later stage clinical translation. These Centers facilitate research which is at the forefront of investigation into the causes, treatments and ultimately the cure(s) for Parkinson’s disease. Dr. George C. Cotzias Memorial Fellowship George C. Cotzias, MD was a pathfinder in the pharmacologic exploration of brain functions and in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease with levodopa. His work stimulated much of the current interest and research on neurological movement disorders. The American Parkinson Disease Association has established the Cotzias fellowship, in honor of his memory, to stimulate neurologists to follow his leadership. The goal of the Cotzias fellowship is to assist promising young neurologists in establishing careers in research, teaching and clinical services relevant to the problems, causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease and related neurological movement disorders. This is a fellowship is for three years and is not renewable. Post-Doctoral Fellowships awarded to support post-doctoral scientists whose research holds promise to provide new insights into the pathophysiology, etiology and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. This is a fellowship for one year. Research Grants awarded to investigators affiliated with and performing Parkinson’s disease research at major academic institutions across the United States. This is a grant for one year, renewable. Research for All one year grant up to a maximum of $75,000 will be awarded to a research scientist (MD, MD/PhD, or PhD). The American Parkinson Disease Association will award a one-year grant to study the health disparities and/or biological differences among under-represented PD communities. A recent APDA conference presented the existing data concerning PD in diverse populations, reported successes in this area from other disciplines and highlighted the experience of PD patients from various racial and ethnic groups. It also allowed for active discussion of the unanswered questions in the field. APDA is thrilled to release a video that showcases the impact and progress we have made in the research arena since 1961. The video highlights the urgent need to advance science to help stop the disease progress and ultimately find a cure. APDA prides itself in funding the brightest talent and attracting researchers to the field who want to make a commitment to building a life long career in Parkinson’s research.