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Michael J. Fox Foundation Commits Up to $3 Million for Clinical Trials That Can Improve Treatment of Parkinson's Disease
Date:2/26/2008

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- In the interest of accelerating delivery of transformative treatments for Parkinson's disease, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research today announced the 2008 launch of its annual Clinical Intervention Awards. The program, formerly known as Clinical Discovery Awards, has been revamped with an even greater focus on clinical testing of promising therapies with potential to fundamentally improve the treatment of Parkinson's disease symptoms and even impact disease progression.

"Trials to develop transformative treatments are not only scientifically and technically challenging but are often hampered by budgetary constraints that can limit the quality and quantity of data collected and therefore the interpretability of results," said Katie Hood, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. "Clinical Intervention is designed to accelerate the development of transformative treatments by strategically allocating resources to address this challenge, and ultimately to increase the number of therapies progressing through the clinical trial pipeline."

Ideal proposals will be rooted in well-designed and rigorous clinical trials that test potentially high-impact treatment approaches. Applicants may seek full support for a trial, if feasible within the program budgetary constraints, or may request funding to supplement a clinical testing effort supported by other funding sources. In the latter case, MJFF is particularly interested in assisting sponsors wishing to maximize data collected from clinical trials by the inclusion of additional trial features (e.g., increased sample size, inclusion/testing of additional or novel endpoints, increasing frequency of subject assessments or trial duration, etc.). Applicants should make a strong case for how the additional information can significantly improve the overall trial and lead to better decision making regarding continued clinical development of the teste
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