Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research

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Church Street Station PO Box 780 New York NY 10008 USA


The Michael J. Fox Foundation was launched in 2000 and directs funds to promising research opportunities worldwide. The Foundation strives to make every dollar count as it seeks a cure for Parkinson''s disease. With growing resources, the Foundation''s focus is increasingly on the clinical and translational research crucial to making strides toward a cure and improved therapies for those living with Parkinson''s today. Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson''s disease in 1991. Armed with the knowledge that with proper funding, a cure for Parkinson''s disease was within reach, Fox publicly disclosed his condition in 1998 and committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson''s awareness and research funding.


The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research remains focused on funding innovative partnerships and programs that can move promising research to clinical application. The Foundation implements its research strategy through a diverse portfolio that includes: investigator-initiated programs, directive programs and collaborations. Investigator-Initiated Programs: The Foundation has designed programs to capture "best-in-field" Parkinson's research opportunities, inviting scientists from around the world to submit their best ideas across a range of disciplines with an emphasis on new and novel approaches. These investigator-initiated programs such as the Foundation's annual Fast Track program, allow the Foundation to keep an ear to the ground for the most innovative and promising ideas worldwide and attracts talented newcomers to the field. Directive Programs: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and its Scientific Advisory Board has initiated a series of strategic scientific workshops to identify specific areas where the Foundation could dramatically advance the science. Each workshop focuses on a high priority area of Parkinson's research, bringing together leaders in the field to assess progress, examine constraints and recommend specific courses of action. In direct response to recommendations from these workshops the Foundation has been able to zero-in on, and fund, potentially high-impact areas of research with the goal of moving promising research to clinical application. Collaborations: The Foundation's scientific advisors have encouraged the Foundation to increase collaboration among researchers by funding innovative partnerships and programs. A notable example is LEAPS (Linked Efforts to Accelerate Parkinson's Solutions), a milestone-driven program designed to enable all-star research teams to jump-start progress through collaborative, multidisciplinary research efforts that address questions that will have meaningful impact on those living with Parkinson?s. In another collaborative effort, The Edmond J. Safra Global Genetics Consortia, participating researchers are required to share findings to improve understanding of genetics and Parkinson's.

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