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Parkinson's Disease initiative

NIEHS awards multi-center grant to study gene-environment connections.

Laura DeFrancesco(defrancesco1@earthlink.net)

Sunnyvale, CA — The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Monday announced five grants, totaling $20 million, for a unique collaborative-centers initiative to identify the environmental risk factors responsible for the development or progression of Parkinson's disease. The Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale, California, Atlanta's Emory University, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are the three centers to receive the funding.

"Our best chance for finding successful treatments for persons suffering with Parkinson's disease is to understand more about what triggers the disease," said NIEHS Director, Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., in a press conference at the Parkinson's Institute. "Even better, this research may lead to ways to prevent Parkinson's disease in the first place."

According to Olden, the NIEHS initiative will create a new paradigm for research into complex chronic human disease, as it will bring together researchers with different expertise — clinicians, basic scientists, epidemiologists, and toxicologists —...

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