2010 IoN News Archive
- Professor Alan Thompson elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
- Michael J. Fox Foundation awards IoN researcher grant to advance Parkinson's research.
- Traces of the past: computer algorithm ‘reads’ memories
- Professor Lees awarded first Lord Brain Memorial Lecture
- Award for Professor Chris Frith
- Professor John Duncan appointed as NIHR Senior Investigator
- Queen Square Symposium success
- IoN brings the scientific method to London primary schools
- Robot trainer to benefit stroke patients
- Researchers to study how the brain 'rewires itself'
- St Peter's Medal for Professor Clare Fowler
- Elections to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowships announced
- New website to help stroke survivors learn to read again
- Queen's Birthday Honours
- Brain study reveals that agreement is rewarding
- Wellcome Success
- Win for IoN at Shape of Science Symposium
- Research shows that two heads are better than one
- Lizard venom offers hope for Parkinson’s disease patients
- Epilepsy prizes
- Developing a cell library resource for dementia research
- Stents may double the risk of stroke in patients over 70
- Scientists identify link between introspection and brain structure
- IoN scientist lands £329k funding boost from dementia research charity.
- Study results consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain
- Parkinson's UK Fellowship Award
- Award for Professor Lees
- 2010-11 IoN PhD Studentship Round Now Open
- New brain imaging tests to track Huntington’s
- World-leading scientist secures funding for gene research
- Fighter pilots' brains are ‘more sensitive
- Alzheimer’s changes detectable in healthy elderly
- IoN Student wins Santander Formula One Scholarship
- New hope for cluster headache sufferers
- Prestigious European research grant awarded
- New centre brings hope to patients with muscle wasting diseases
- Prestigious stroke program grant awarded
- A role for astrocytes in learning and memory?
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Michael J. Fox Foundation awards IoN researcher grant to advance Parkinson's research.
4 March 2010
The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson's Research has awarded a $624,790 grant to Dr Patrick Lewis (Department of Molecular Neuroscience) for his work contributing to a potential new treatment approach for Parkinson's disease.
The MJFF has announced $3.5 million funding for a consortium of groups from academia and industry around the world to advance understanding of the LRRK2 gene, which is a key therapeutic target for Parkinson's disease. The funding project aims to help accelerate LRRK2 therapeutic development efforts.
Dr Lewis said "this is a major international collaborative effort". "Our research is focused on understanding how mutations in this gene alter protein signaling in cells and brain tissue from patients with the disease. Our hope is that by dissecting how mutant LRRK2 interacts with signaling pathways in the cell, we will be able to narrow down how to target this protein in disease".
First linked to Parkinson's disease in 2004 by researchers at the UCL Institute of Neurology, the LRRK2 gene is now believed to be the most common genetic contributor to the disease. Recent evidence also suggests that genetic variation in LRRK2 may be involved in the more common, sporadic form of PD. For these reasons, MJFF has identified LRRK2 as a high-priority therapeutic target, investing nearly $17 million to date for a broad and integrated strategy to drive critical LRRK2-related initiatives at every stage of drug development.
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