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Michael J. Fox Foundation grant funds way to peer at Parkinsonís onset

January 8, 2014

Drs. John Woulfe and Doug Gray have received a $75,000 Rapid Response Innovation Award from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonís Research to develop a mouse model for visualizing and measuring the buildup in the brain of a protein associated with the onset of Parkinsonís disease. This model would provide a useful window for understanding why and how the protein alpha-synuclein builds up in the brain, which could help to identify potential therapies for Parkinsonís. It could also be used to measure the effect of potential drugs or biotherapeutics. See details at The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

For more information on Parkinson's research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, visit the Parkinson Research Consortium webpage.

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