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Funding News - Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research

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NINDS invites new and competing renewal applications for the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research program.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive movement disorder that affects the lives of at least one million people in the United States.  Although significant research advances have been made, a clear cause and definitive cure for PD have remained elusive.  The NINDS Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease program was developed in honor of former Congressman Morris K. Udall of Utah.  Udall Centers use a multidisciplinary research approach to elucidate the fundamental causes of PD as well as to improve the diagnosis and treatment of people with PD and related neurodegenerative disorders.

This announcement solicits applications that concentrate on an identified area of need:  the translation of basic and clinical research into clinical practice.  Each proposed Center must include at least one, early stage pre-clinical and/or clinical translational project designed to bridge the gap between research and treatment.

Letters of Intent Receipt Date: November 10, 2009

Application Receipt Date:  December 10, 2009

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Beth-Anne Sieber, program director, Neurodegeneration Cluster, NINDS; telephone: 301-496-5680; email:  For more information visit