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$1.7 million in Fellowship and Career Development Awards prepare leaders in Parkinson’s research and clinical practice. Funding includes:

Clinical Training Fellowships: $460,000

Columbia University Medical Center
Deepak Gupta, M.D.*
Devin Hall, M.D.*
Krithi Irmandy, M.D., Ph.D.
Lan Luo, M.D.**
Sarah O’Shea, M.D.*

Rush University Medical Center
Avram Fraint, M.D.*
Anjali Gera, M.D.

Stanley Fahn Junior Faculty Awards: $300,000

Direct Imaging of the Cause and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease with Synthetic Modulatory Neurotransmitter Nanosensors
Markita Landry, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

In Vivo Systems-based and Unbiased Approaches to Study A-syn Toxicity
Maxime Rousseaux, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

Deconstructing the Behavioral Neuropharmacology of Parkinson’s Disease
Michael Tadross, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships: $275,000

White Matter Templates in Parkinson’s Disease
Derek Bradley Archer, Ph.D., Mentor: David Vaillancourt Ph.D., University of Florida

D620N VPS35 Knock-In Mice: A New Model of Familial Parkinson’s Disease
Xi Chen, Ph.D., Mentor: Darren Moore, Ph.D., Van Andel Institute

Mitochondrial Protein Homeostasis in Peripheral Axons
Jill Falk, Ph.D., Mentor: Thomas Schwarz, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston

Human Dopamine Neuronal Progenitors for PD Therapeutic Development
Xiang Li, Ph.D., Mentor: Su-Chun Zhang, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Role of Cerebellum on Basal Ganglia Area of the brain responsible for producing smooth, continuous muscular actions, including starting and stopping movements; also responsible for elements of thinking. Cortical Network in Parkinson’s Disease
Nicholas Strzalkowski, Ph.D., Mentor: Zelma Kiss, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.S.C., University of Calgary, Canada

Parkinson’s Foundation-APDA Summer Student Fellowships: $60,000

(In partnership with the American Parkinson Disease Association)

Development of Non-invasive Immunotherapy for PD: Intranasal Targeting of Immunoglobulin G Antibodies to the CNS
Sam Boroumand, Mentor: Robert Thorne, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brain Atrophy and the Progression of Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s
Carolina Cao, Mentor: Meghan Campbell, Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine

Role of Lactate Shuttling in Motor Control of GPe Neurons
Isabel Fan, Mentor: C. Savio Chan, Ph.D., Northwestern University

The Interaction of Two Parkinson’s Disease Genes FBX07 and PINK1
Dima Hage, Mentor: David Park, Ph.D., University of Ottawa

Modulating SNr Neuronal Activity in PD and LID
Yong Hu, M.D., Ph.D. Student, Mentor: Un Jung Kang, M.D., Columbia University Medical Center

Characterizing Microsaccades as a Novel Diagnostic Biomarker for PD
Sarah Kang, Mentor: Aasef Shaikh, M.D., Ph.D., Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Stability, Activity and Mutation Effects in Human and Mouse LRRK2
Rebekah Langston, Mentor: Mark Cookson, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health

Using Human Neurons to Delineate the Role of the Unfolded Protein Response in Parkinson’s Disease
Lotus Lum, Mentor: Scott Oakes, M.D., University of California, San Francisco

Mapping of Cortical Networks Activated by Dorsal vs. Ventral STN-DBS
Aarathi Minisandram, Mentor: Todd Herrington, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

Effect of Levodopa on the Consolidation of Learning in People with PD
Zhen-Yi Andy Ou, Mentor: Madeleine Sharp, M.D., M.Sc., Montreal Neurological Hospital

Nuclear Membrane Abnormalities in a Symptomatic Dystonia Model
CheyAnne Rivera, Mentor: William Dauer, M.D., University of Michigan

Novel Neuro-ophthalmic Clinical Markers for Parkinson’s Disease
Caroline Yu, Mentor: Y. Joyce Liao, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford School of Medicine

* Denotes a second year of funding
** Denotes third year of funding
°Denotes Center of Excellence


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