The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research just announced plans to fund Emory pharmacology researcher Zixu Mao in his work to validate therapeutic targets for Parkinson’s disease (PD).
The two-year, $250,000 grant will fund research in Maoâ€™s lab in the departments of neurology and pharmacology. He and his team hope to verify whether a particular protein â€“ MEF2D â€“ may be a good drug target in models of PD. If it is, his efforts will provide the basis for further research to identify ways to manipulate the activity of this protein as a way to treat PD.
Mao says this type of study is very important Maglie Calcio to allow the transition from findings made by basic research to more clinically relevant discoveries and is generally difficult to get funded by other major funding sources.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinsonâ€™s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinsonâ€™s today. Learn more about Mao’s research.