Christine Swanson-Fischer, Ph.D.

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Division of Neuroscience
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Parkinson's Disease Biomarkers Program, NINDS Biorepository (BioSEND), NINDS Human Cell and Data Repository (NHCDR), Accelerating Medicines Partnership for Parkinson's Disease

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Dr. Christine Swanson-Fischer is a Program Officer in the Division of Neuroscience.  Christine joined NINDS as a Program Analyst in the Neurodegeneration Cluster in 2015 assisting with initiatives related to biomarker discovery and validation, Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia, Lewy Body Dementia, and Frontotemporal Dementia. She also facilitated activities within the Parkinson’s Disease Biomarkers Program (PDBP) and coordinated biospecimen requests and distributions from the NINDS biomarker repository (BioSEND).

Among her current duties at NINDS, Dr. Swanson-Fischer manages cooperative agreements for NINDS resources including the NINDS Human Cell and Data Repository (NHCDR) and the NINDS biomarker repository (BioSEND) along with supporting efforts in PDBP and the Accelerating Medicines Partnership for Parkinson’s Disease (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 her B.S. and obtained a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she focused on proof-of-concept studies of PPAR-gamma agonist development for Parkinson’s disease.