--Two Studies Focus on Early Cognitive Changes--
MIAMI, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National ParkinsonFoundation (NPF) has awarded nearly $1 million to four investigators pursuing clinical research projects in 2010. The research NPF is funding will help advance the field in two key areas: early signs of cognitive change
Under the direction of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board, NPF supports cutting-edge research conducted by the world's top neurological experts. These Clinical Research Fund awards will support four novel clinical investigations at Centers of Excellence in the United States, Canada and Australia.
"These awards are part of NPF's emphasis on clinical and comparative effectiveness research that is focused on improving care," said Joyce Oberdorf, President and CEO of the National Parkinson Foundation, an international foundation based in Miami. "Each project can have an immediate impact on the lives of Parkinson's disease patients worldwide."
The following NPF 2010 individual-investigator grants have been funded:
NPF issues requests for proposals for the Clinical Research Fund annually with additional calls for proposals for other targeted initiatives throughout the year. NPF will announce the 2011 grant program in August of 2010.
About the National Parkinson Foundation
The National Parkinson Foundation supports a strong network of 43 Centers of Excellence dedicated to excellence in research and providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to more than 50,000 Parkinson's patients and their families worldwide. Founded in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson's disease through research, education, and outreach. Since 1982, NPF has funded more than $150 million in care, research and support services.
About Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's with an estimated one million people with the disease in the U.S. and four to six million worldwide. At present, there is no cure for Parkinson's disease and 50-60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
For more information about Parkinson's disease or the National Parkinson Foundation, please visit www.parkinson.org or call 800-327-4545.
SOURCE National Parkinson Foundation
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