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Parkinson's Disease Foundation announces research awards totaling $1.2 million

Dr. Pallanck says this discovery, "in turn, may one day lead to the identification of a potential treatment for Parkinson's."

A full list of 2011 research projects appears below and is available on the PDF website at In fiscal year 2010, PDF contributed $5.5 million towards Parkinson's research programs.

2011 International Research Grants and Fellowships

Ataxin-3-Mediated Regulation of Parkin Stability and Activity
Thomas Durcan, Ph.D.
Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

The Role of Alpha-Synuclein in Parkinson's Disease Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Sonia George, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota

Telomere Biology in Patients with Incident Parkinson's Disease
Tobias Kurth, M.D., Sc.D., and Robert Y.L. Zee, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Regulation of Somatodendritic Dopamine Release
James Maas, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco

Identification of Neuroprotective Factors in Tobacco
Leo J. Pallanck, Ph.D.
University of Washington

Potential Role of DJ-1 in Modulating the VHL/HIF Pathway and its Relevance to PD*
David Park, Ph.D.
University of Ottawa

Mechanism of FADD Recruitment and Activation in Mutant LRRK2-Induced Neurodegeneration*
Hardy Rideout, Ph.D.
Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens

Correlating the Structure of Membrane-Bound Alpha-Synuclein with Function and Toxicity
Khurshida Shahidullah, Ph.D.
Weill Cornell Medical College

The Contribution of Dopaminergic System in Pathological Gambling in Parkinson's Disease*
Antonio P. Strafella, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Toronto Western Hospital/Institute
University of Toronto

A Functional and Structural Neuroana

Contact: Melissa Barry
Parkinson's Disease Foundation

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