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Parkinson's Foundation Offers 2-Year Award for Research

Posted 12/11/2017

Program Overview

This two-year award supports the research expenses of a clinician scientist whose clinically oriented research involves people living with Parkinson’s disease. Clinician scientists of all stages (from fellows to established faculty) may apply but preference will be given to the support of junior investigators. It is anticipated that 2-3 awards will be funded via this RFA.

Level of Support

The Parkinson’s Foundation Clinical Research Award is for $200,000 total over two years.  Up to 10% of the award total, i.e., $20,000, may be used to defray indirect costs.  Salary support is permitted but for no more than 40% of the recipient’s salary and capped at $50,000 per year. 


This Award is open to all clinician-scientists who are licensed to care for patients regardless of nationality or location.  Physicians must have completed a residency in neurology or be able to justify the relevance of their training pathway is of benefit to people with PD.  Allied health professionals must hold an advanced research degree, typically a PhD. All applicants must demonstrate a significant research focus on PD.

Applicants who are fellows, in a mentored status or within 2 years of starting an independent position must identify an appropriate mentor with research experience to provide oversight of the proposed project. A letter of support from the mentor detailing their research experience, past mentoring success, and planned mentoring role will also be required.

Relevant Dates
  • Letter of Intent due: Monday, January 22, 2018
  • Notification: early March 2018
  • Invited Full Application Due: Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Award begins: June/July, 2018 

To apply, please create an account or log into your existing account on our online grants portal


1st AMPARO Workshop: First year of activities of the NeuroMat network to educate people with Parkinson's disease

Posted 10/23/2017

The Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center for Neuromathematics has a network to promote the collaboration of people living with Parkinson's disease, families and health professionals to face clinical and research challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease. This initiative, called AMPARO in Portuguese, is coordinated by the NeuroMat investigator, Maria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte, a physical therapist and professor at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

In its first year of activities, AMPARO offered 12 lectures for people with Parkinson's disease, their care partner and family about important issues an improve the quality of life. In parallel, AMPARO offered 12 lectures for health professionals about the interprofessional care in PD. All lectures are available on the AMPARO website and their key points are being published in the AMPARO Book 2017.

As part of celebration of first year of activities, AMPARO promoted its 1st AMPARO Workshop on November 2-3 in São Paulo, Brazil. The main purpose of this event was to build capacity for comprehensive interprofessional care in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease through state-of-the-art lectures and interactive multidisciplinary breakout lectures offered by Brazilian experts in PD. The audience included neurologists and allied health professionals.

For more information, contact Prof. Maria Pimentel Piemonte.

NIH Seeks Patients With Parkinson's Disease for Research Study

Posted 6/29/2017

The National Institutes of Health (the NIH) has a new research study to recruit patients who have PD, are on an MAO inhibitor, and are not on levodopa. The purpose of the study is to find out if a drug called N-acetylcysteine (NAC) might be beneficial, by decreasing damage caused by oxidative stress in dopamine neurons in the brain.

Protocol website: NIH Protocol No. 17-N-0076

For more information, contact:

David S. Goldstein, MD PhD, Senior Investigator, NINDS/NIH
Phone: +1 (301) 675-1110

Filmmakers Looking for Job Seekers With Neurological and Movement Disorders

Documentary producers at Optomen USA are looking for people with neurological conditions and movement disorders such as Tourette Syndrome who would like our assistance finding employment on the documentary TV series "Employable Me." EmployableMe seeks to prove that having a neurological condition or disability can be viewed as an asset rather than an obstacle in the workplace. High profile companies and brands are beginning to discover the benefits of recruiting from the ranks of those whose “brains are wired differently.”

The job-seekers selected to appear on our documentary series will be encouraged to unlock their hidden talents with the help of experts and specialists so they can at long last find a job that best suits their unique skill sets and strengths. Please visit our series page to view episodes of our TV series. A diverse workforce can be great for a business and Employable Me wants to dramatically shake up the system to prove it.

Contact for more information on how to be considered for this opportunity.

Tourettes Action Offers Non-Financial Support to Researchers and Students for Studies

Interested in conducting Tourette Syndrome research? Tourettes Action (UK) offers non-financial support to researchers/research students wishing to recruit people for their research studies.

Tourette Syndrome is an inherited neurological condition causing involuntary and uncontrollable motor and vocal tics which can be painful, disabling and affect the quality of life of over 300,000 people in the UK.

There are many ways we can help to publicize your research project (newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, forums, email etc). Please contact Tourettes Action Research Manager Seonaid Anderson at for more information.