[Source: PRNewswire-USNewswire] – The Michael J. Fox Foundation announced $1.7 million in funding to drive new and continuing Parkinson’s research projects at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute and Mayo Clinic Arizona, sites of the Arizona Parkinson’s Disease Consortium. Of the total funding, $1.1 million represents renewed funding for directed projects led by principal investigators Charles Adler, MD, PhD, at Mayo Clinic Arizona and Thomas Beach, MD, PhD, at Banner Sun Health Research Institute. This funding will allow Drs. Adler and Beach to continue projects initially launched in 2006 under MJFF’s three-year, $2.8 million Prescott Family Initiative at the Arizona Parkinson’s Disease Consortium.
The remaining $600,000 will fund four collaborations with external experts. These collaborations are designed to leverage the Brain and Body Donation Program’s (BBDP) wealth of clinical and neuropathological samples and establish links between the underlying pathology and outward clinical features of Parkinson’s disease.