2015-16 Funded Research

Research We Funded in 2015-16

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.

Xi Chen, PhD

Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
Functional Interaction of VPS35 and Alpha Synuclein in Models of Parkinson’s Disease


Fabienne C. Fiesel, PhD

Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
Pathophysiological relevance of phospho-ubiquitin to genetic and environmental Parkinsonism


Serene Paul, PhD

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
The impact of dopamine and practice on postural motor learning in Parkinson’s disease


Emily Rocha, PhD

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Defining the role of glucocerebrosidase and TFEB in Parkinson’s disease



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.

Tim Bartels, PhD

Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Differential detection of physiological and pathological alpha synuclein


Jacqueline Burre, PhD

Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
Aging increases the aggregation-prone cytosolic pool of alpha synuclein


Alice Cronin-Golomb, PhD and Joseph DeGutis, PhD

Boston University, Boston, MA
Attentional and Exercise Interventions to Improve Non-Motor and Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease


Andreas H. Kottmann, PhD

The Research Foundation for CUNY, New York, NY
Preclinical Evaluation of Smoothened Pharmacology as Adjuvants Strategy to Avoid L-Dopa Induced Dyskinesia Formation


Jeane Latourelle, DSc

Boston University, Boston, MA
Comparison of microRNAs across Parkinson’s brains and biofluids


Oren Levy, MD, PhD

Columbia University Health Science Center, New York, NY
Yes: A novel regulator of parkin levels and neuronal survival in Parkinson disease


Vivek K. Unni, MD, PhD

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
In vivo imaging of Lewy pathology & neurodegeneration in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease


Stephen N. Witt, PhD

Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA
CDP-ethanolamine as a possible inhibitor of α-synuclein-induced pathology and behavioral deficits in a progressive mouse model of Parkinson’s disease-A pilot study.



Summer Student Fellowships

Awarded to undergraduate and medical students to support research that will help solve, treat and end Parkinson’s disease. The focus of this award is to inspire and invest in young scientists at a critical time in their educational and professional careers. This is a $4,000 stipend for projects conducted over a ten-week period this summer.

Preston Ge

Mentor: Ted Dawson, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Identifying Elements of the Transcriptional Regulatory Network of PARIS (ZNF746) Involved in Alpha-synuclein-Induced Neurodegeneration

Dima Hage

Mentor: David Park, PhD
University of Ottawa
The Interaction of Parkinson’s Disease Gene FBXO7 with Bag2

Kiana Khosravian

Mentor: Malú Tansey, PhD
Emory University
DBH-ASYN Mouse Model, Effect of Inflammation in Gastrointestinal System

Sydney Lee

Mentor: Edward Fon, MD
McGill University
The Role of the ESCRT Complex in a Vesicular Trafficking Pathway from Mitochondria to Lysosomes

Stuart McCarter

Mentor: Erik St. Louis, MD
Mayo Clinic
REM Sleep Without Atonia Signatures Help Distinguish Between Synucleinopathy Disorders

Rachel Mikofsky

Mentor: David Sulzer, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
In Vivo Optical Measurement of Direct and Indirect Path Projection Neuron Activity in a Parkinson’s Disease Rodent Model with Treatment of L-DOPA and Cannabinoid Antagonists

Emily Ong

Mentor: Shubhik DebBurman, PhD
Lake Forest College
Relevance of Amino Acid Charge/Polarity in New Familial Mutants of Alpha-synuclein

Henry Resnikoff

Mentor: Marina Emborg. MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Impact of Inflammation on Alpha-synuclein Expression in the Colonic Enteric Nervous System

Maya Silver

Mentor: Brad Racette, MD
Washington University
Association Between Water Source and Incidental Parkinson’s Disease

Samuel Stanley

Mentor: Kim Caldwell, PhD
University of Alabama
Investigation of Dopamine Neuron Degeneration as a Consequence of Microbiome-Derived Bacteria

Adina Wise

Mentor: Roy Alcalay, MD, MS
Columbia University Medical Center
Parkinson’s Disease Penetrance in Obligate Carriers of SMPD1 Mutations

Kali Xu

Mentor: Kathleen Poston, MD, MS
Stanford University School of Medicine
High Angular Resolution Diffusion Imaging Correlates of Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s


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