APDA-Funded Research for 2023-2024

Exciting research is underway. Take a look at the innovative projects and inspiring researchers APDA is supporting this year.

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’s disease and is awarded with the purpose of encouraging young neurologists to follow in his footsteps.

Gary Ho, MD, PhD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Leveraging protein palmitoylation to correct vesicle trafficking defects in Parkinson’s disease

Krithi Irmady, MD, PhD

Rockefeller University, New York City, NY

RNA regulation in Parkinson’s disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesia

Abby L. Olsen, MD, PhD

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Harnessing the untapped therapeutic potential of glia in Parkinson’s disease

Diversity in Parkinson’s Disease Research Grant

The Diversity in Parkinson’s Disease Research Grant is awarded to investigators studying the health disparities or differences among under-represented PD communities.

Laura Andrea Prieto, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Physical activity among Latino/a people with Parkinson disease and their care partners

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

This fellowship is awarded to support post-doctoral scientists whose research holds promise to provide new insights into the pathophysiology, etiology, and treatment of PD.

Abdulmunaim Eid, MD

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

The neurobiological basis of Parkinson’s disease clinical subtypes

Naemeh Pourshafie, PhD

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Enhancing neuronal resilience to neurodegeneration via the epigenetic-metabolic axis

Research Grants

This grant is awarded to investigators performing innovative PD research at major academic institutions across the United States.

Andrew Arrant, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Investigating the role of progranulin in synucleinopathy

Briana De Miranda, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Cdk5 inhibition as a protective mechanism against environmental toxicant induced Parkinson’s disease

Jeff Eells, PhD

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-2 infection induced dopamine neuron damage

Enrico Opri, PhD

The Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Stimulation induced evoked potentials for guided intra and post-operative functional mapping

Nikhil Panicker, PhD

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Using IPSC models to interrogate Inflammasome-mediated pathogenesis in Parkinson’s Disease

Satya Surabhi, PhD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

The role of Lamp1 in age-related neurodegenerative diseases

William Zeiger, MD, PhD

University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Mechanisms of posterior cortical circuit dysfunction and cognitive impairment in a mouse model of PD


APDA Awards $1.975 Million in Research Grants. 

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