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Advocates Guide $16 Million in US Department of Defense Parkinson’s Research Funding for Second Straight Year

Recently, four Parkinson’s Foundation Research Advocates helped guide $16 million in government funding for Parkinson’s disease (PD) research. This is the second straight year in which our Research Advocates have served as consumer reviewers for research funded by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The group included:

  • Bel Broadley, M.B.A., of Downingtown, PA, a US Air Force Veteran, Research Advocate
  • Jay Phillips of Summerville, SC, a US Army Veteran, Research Advocate and member, People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council
  • A.C. Woolnough, M.A., Sandpoint, ID, Research Advocate, Vice Chair, People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council
  • Paul Zimmet, D.D.S., of Reston, VA, a US Army Veteran, Research Advocate

The group of four reviewed applications from scientists seeking funding through the DoD Parkinson’s Research Program. Working alongside scientists, they shared their insights as to how funds could be best spent to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s.

“As a person with Parkinson’s, I consider our work with DoD to be an honor and a responsibility,” said Mr. Woolnough. “The great news is that our feedback about the needs of the Parkinson’s community was heard by scientists at the highest levels. I am hopeful that partnerships like these will drive improvements in our daily lives.”

“As a leader in patient-driven research, the Parkinson’s Foundation has learned that our community can point us toward the most pressing areas of need in research,” said Veronica Todaro, M.P.H., Vice President, National Programs, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “We applaud DoD for continuing to engage patient advocates to ensure their research funding aligns with community needs.”

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Parkinson’s Foundation Adds John D. Thomopoulos to its Board of Directors
Monday, March 19, 2018

MIAMI & NEW YORK – March 19, 2018 – The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the election of John D. Thomopoulos to its board of directors. Thomopoulos is a partner at Ernst & Young.

In Memory of Edythe Kay Marsa
Monday, March 12, 2018

The Parkinson’s Foundation mourns the loss of emeritus board member, Edythe (Edy) Kay Marsa. From 1993 to 2014, she was a member of the Foundation’s board of directors and served on several committees. Edy is survived by her husband William Marsa, who founded the Herbert Kay Parkinson Chapter in honor of her first husband who passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s Foundation Announces New Genetic Initiative Connecting Parkinson’s Genetic Data with Clinical Care
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

MIAMI & NEW YORK—March 6, 2018—The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced a new initiative offering genetic testing and counseling to Parkinson’s patients within its Center of Excellence network.

Delegates From The Parkinson’s Community Converge On Capitol Hill To Advocate For Critical Research Funding
Monday, March 5, 2018

—2018 Parkinson’s Policy Forum Co-Sponsored by the Parkinson’s Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research—

Parkinson’s Foundation Appoints Jena E. Abernathy to Board of Directors
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

MIAMI – February 27, 2018 –  The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the election of Jena E. Abernathy to its board of directors.

Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Walks Fund Local Parkinson’s Programs in Seven Cities for Spring 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018

NEW YORK & MIAMI, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 — The Parkinson’s Foundation is proud to announce that Moving Day, A Walk for Parkinson’s, has funded more than $17 million in mission services to make life better for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Terranova’s Stephen Bittel Donates $450,000 to Parkinson’s Foundation to Support Expansion of Centers of Excellence Network
Thursday, February 1, 2018

MIAMI – February 1, 2018 – The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced that Stephen Bittel, chairman and founder of Terranova, has made a $450,000 donation to support the expansion of the foundation’s Centers o

Largest Clinical Study of Parkinson’s Disease Reaches 10,000-Patient Milestone, Reveals Critical Learnings
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NEW YORK & MIAMI - January 10, 2018 - The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the enrollment of the 10,000th Parkinson’s patient and the discovery of critical new learnings in what represents the largest clinical study of Parkinson’s disease in history.

Parkinson's Foundation Mourns the Loss of Harold P. Kravitz and His Daughter, the Honorable Shelley J. Kravitz
Friday, January 5, 2018

Today we mourn the loss of two prominent figures in the history of the Parkinson's Foundation: Harold P. Kravitz, Esq. and his daughter, the Honorable Shelley J. Kravitz.

Parkinson's Foundation Mourns the Loss of Robert Burke, MD
Friday, January 5, 2018

The Parkinson’s Foundation mourns the loss of Robert Burke, MD, professor of Neurology at Columbia University, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. He was a former member of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) Scientific Advisory Board and led the PDF Research Center at Columbia.


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