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Michael J. Fox Foundation Commits up to $6.5 Million in Funding for Critical Challenges in Parkinson's Disease
Date:4/1/2009

logy and biological correlates of posture and gait dysfunction, which patients report to be one of the most debilitating aspects of living with PD, and which is not well-managed by currently available therapies.

"Through the Critical Challenges programs, MJFF targets research that we believe to have critical relevance to the entire field," said Katie Hood, CEO. "Our in-house research staff, in consultation with the Foundation's scientific advisors, designs each Challenge to address a specific priority area where our funding and expertise can make the greatest difference in speeding scientific developments toward the clinic and patients."

Critical Challenges complement the Foundation's annually recurring Pipeline Programs, which do not identify a specific research priority area to be pursued, but instead provide opportunities for projects at various stages of development to be funded, ensuring that new ideas continue flowing into Parkinson's research. Last November, MJFF announced $11 million in 2009 Pipeline Program funding.

Abbreviated information on the 2009 Critical Challenges follows. Full details are available at www.michaeljfox.org/research.cfm.

Clinicopathological Correlations of Parkinson's Disease 2009

Total available funding: $1.5 million

Deadline: 6 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Funding Anticipated: December 2009

Postural Instability and Gait Disturbances 2009

Total available funding: $2 million

Deadline: 6 p.m. ET, Friday, June 5, 2009

Funding Anticipated: December 2009

Understanding LRRK2 Biology 2009

Total available funding: $3 million

Deadline: 6 p.m. ET
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