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Parkinson’s group gets $2.8 million from Michael J. Fox Foundation

Wednesday November 22, 2006

Jodie Snyder

Nov. 16, 2006(Arizona Republic) - Sun Health Research Institute and other members of the Arizona Parkinson’s Disease Consortium have received a $2.8million, three-year collaborative grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

The money will go to help the institute’s Brain and Body Donation Program, which conducts in-depth clinical and post-mortem studies of patients with Parkinson’s and those without the disease.

The program was started 19 years ago and currently has more than 780 participants. Participants are evaluated annually by specialists, and they all agree to donate their brain and/or organs following death.

The institute is known worldwide because it performs rapid autopsies on normal and Parkinson’s patients who have been intensively studied before their death.

The money will also help other consortium members tap into the findings of the body-donation program and use that research to help develop earlier tests for Parkinson’s.

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