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Opportunity profile: A better future for Parkinson’s patients

The Michael J Fox Foundation is now a major global funder of Parkinson’s Disease research. Brian Fiske, senior vice-president of research programmes at the charity, gives Ben Upton the lowdown on its Core Funding Programmes.

Since the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research was set up in 2000, it has given out more than $800 million (£612m) to advance understanding of the neurodegenerative condition with the ultimate goal of curing it.

Unusually for a foundation based in the United States, it does not preferentially fund scientists working in the US. In Fiske’s words: “We’re agnostic to where the work is happening, as long as it’s a good idea.” That principle also stands with regard to whether applicants are academics in universities or scientists working in life sciences companies.

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