2018-19 Funded Research

Funded Research for 2018-19

George C. Cotzias Fellowship

The George C. Cotzias Fellowship is named in honor of the scientist who had a critical role in developing Levodopa as a treatment for Parkinson’ disease and is awarded with the purpose of encouraging young Neurologists to follow in his footsteps.

Aasef G. Shaikh, MD, PhD

Cleveland VA Medical Center, University Hospitals Cleveland, and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
The influence of basal ganglia, thalamus, and cerebellum network on discordant visual input induced gait disorder in Parkinson’s disease (PD)

Vivek K. Unni, MD, PhD

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
Molecular mechanisms of Lewy body pathology-associated cell death in Parkinson’s disease

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

This fellowship is awarded to 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 of $35,000 per year for one year.

Daniel Joyce, PhD

Stanford University, Stanford, California
Pupil-based biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease (PD)

Giulietta Riboldi, MD

NYU Langone Health, New York, New York
Role of GBA mutation in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease (PD)

Research Grants

This grant is awarded to investigators affiliated with and performing Parkinson’s disease research at major academic institutions, whose research holds promise to provide new insights into the pathophysiology, etiology and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. This is a grant of $50,000 per year for one year and is renewable.

Tim Bartels, PhD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dementia Research Centre, University College London
Alpha-Synuclein (αsyn) related lipid pathology in Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

Christopher Bishop, PhD

Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York
Targeting the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus to optimize treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD)

Shu G. Chen, PhD

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Novel knock-in models linking Rab phosphorylation to neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease (PD)

Elizabeth Disbrow, PhD

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana
Diversity in Biomarker Discovery

Yuanfang Guan, PhD

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Digital Biomarkers for Monitoring Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

Mallory Hacker, PhD

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Investigating Long-Term Clinical Outcomes of Subthalamic Nucleus Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease (PD)

Magdalena Ivanova, PhD

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Biochemical and structural studies of α-synuclein (αsyn) fibrils derived from brain tissues with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Dementia with Lewy bodies (LB) with Alzheimer’s disease

Cameron Jeter, PhD

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas
Protective role of the oral microbiome in Parkinson’s disease

Eunsung Junn, PhD

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey
In vivo identification of microRNAs associated with alpha-Synuclein (αsyn) mRNA

Roberta Marongiu, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York
Menopause as an important transition state in the susceptibility to Parkinson’s disease (PD)

Talene Yacoubian, MD, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama
Rab27b as a potential regulator of alpha-synuclein spread (αsyn)

2018 APDA-PF Summer Student Fellowships

This fellowship offers undergraduate and medical students $4,000 each in funding for Parkinson’s disease research projects to be conducted in a ten-week period over the summer. The 2018 funding is a collaboration between The American Parkinson Disease Association and the Parkinson’s Foundation (PF) to support research that will help solve, treat and end Parkinson’s disease.

Nadia Anabtawi

Mentor: Laura Volpicelli-Daley, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Characterizing the Neuronal Internalization and Spreading of Different Conformers of α-Synuclein

Sidhanth Chandra

Mentor: Andrew West, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Investigation of α-Synuclein Propagation and Neurodegeneration in LRRK2-knock-in Mutant Mice

Wai-Kat Chia

Mentor: Monica Driscoll, Ph.D.
Rutgers University
Neuronal Extrusion of Aggregates and Mitochondria from Dopaminergic Neurons

Michelle Chu

Mentor: Gregory Molnar, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Subthalamic Nuclei Gamma Frequency Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinsonian Non-Human Primates

Elsa Clinton

Mentor: Carlos Barcia, Ph.D.
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Diminishing microglial activation targeting Cdc42 in Parkinson’s disease: Therapeutic approach for experimental Parkinsonism

Yoan Ganev

Mentor: Shubhik DebBurman, Ph.D.
Lake Forest College
Evaluation of Combinatorial Impact of Post-translational Modifications on α- Synuclein in a Yeast Model

Ethan Marshall

Mentor: Luke Johnson, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
Classifying Stages of Sleep using DBS Leads in place of EEG

Helen Matsoff

Mentor: Marina Emborg, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mechanisms of cardiac sympathetic axonal degeneration

Ashley Park

Mentor: Jeff Bronstein, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Air Pollution, Inflammation, and Parkinson’s Disease

Dakota Peacock

Mentor: Daryl Wile, MD, MSc, FRCPC
University of British Columbia
ParkinSMART: Parkinson’s Disease Symptom Monitoring and Recording Technology

Richard Richter

Mentor: Angela Roberts, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Preliminary Research into Automatic Speech Analysis

Deepikaa Sriram

Mentor: Angela Roberts, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
Resolving the mystery of illegal omissions: Language-Motor interactions in real time language production in Parkinson’s Disease


APDA Awards $1.7 Million in Research Grants. 

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