Christine Swanson-Fischer, Ph.D.

Job Title
Program Director
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Division of Neuroscience
Cluster, Section, or Program
Movement Disorders and Neurodegeneration
Areas of Interest

Portfolio: Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Lewy Body Dementias (LBD), and related synucleinopathies focusing on biomarker discovery and validation, omics-based approaches, clinical genetics, epidemiology, and natural history studies    

Additional Keywords: Human genetics; proteomics; transcriptomics; PDBP; AMP PD; AMP PDRD

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Dr. Christine Swanson-Fischer is a Program Director in the Division of Neuroscience. 

Among her current duties at NINDS, Dr. Swanson-Fischer manages portfolio of research grants and cooperative agreements and supports NINDS clinical data- and biomarkers-focused programs in Parkinson’s Disease (PD), including the NINDS PD Biomarkers Program (PDBP) and the public-private partnership Accelerating Medicines Partnership for PD (AMP PD). 

Prior to joining NINDS, Dr. Swanson-Fischer was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Alice Chen-Plotkin at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Neurology, where she studied unbiased approaches to biomarker discovery and validation in Parkinson’s disease.  She completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she focused on neuroprotective and regenerative strategies for Parkinson's disease in preclinical models.