Getting closer to a cure –grants awarded for research into Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s NSW has awarded $288,000 for research into Parkinson’s disease.

Leading Australian researchers have received grant funding for 7 projects that,  if successfully developed will aid in finding a cure for Parkinson’s and help those living with the disease improve their quality of life.  The 7 projects chosen by the Parkinson’s NSW independent judging panel cover the most innovative research in biological/non-clinical and clinical/psychosocial research.    The highly competitive grants cover areas such as; new drug treatments, non-drug treatments, familial Parkinson’s, uptake and adherence to exercise programs and new treatments for hallucinations.

Parkinson’s NSW has awarded over $1 million in research grants over the past 8 years to help find a cure for Parkinson’s.  These grants have been made possible by the fundraising and events program by Parkinson’s NSW and sponsorship by Bendigo Bank.

The grant recipients include:

Dr Bryce Vissell, Garvan Institute, University of New South Wales
Associate Professor Kay Double, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Colleen Canning, University of Sydney
Dr James Macquarie Shine, Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney
Dr Dan Johnstone, University of Sydney
Dr Jin Sung- Park, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney
Dr Nicolas Dzamko, Neuroscience Research Australia, University of New South Wales

Miriam Dixon, Parkinson’s NSW CEO said “the awarding of these research grants plays a crucial role in helping to support innovative research to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s and finding a cure for Parkinson’s”.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition which affects the brain’s ability to control movement and may also be associated with other symptoms including mood, depression and anxiety. In Australia, every hour of every day someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  There are 25,000 people with Parkinson’s in NSW across all age groups. Whilst the majority of people affected are over 60 at the time of diagnosis, 20% are of working age and 10% are under the age of 40. There is no known cause or cure.

MEDIA INFO: Clare Audet, Marketing Director, Parkinson’s NSW  (02) 8875 8913 / 0431 200 435 / clareaudet@parkinsonsnsw.org.au

About Parkinson’s NSW

Parkinson’s NSW funds research for people living with Parkinson’s disease and is the only organisation in NSW providing free support services including a free InfoLine which is staffed by health professionals, counselling and support groups to people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.

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