Office of Institutional Advancement

Grants from The Parkinson Council Further Patient Care & Research at Jefferson

Three grants totaling $150,000 from The Parkinson Council will enhance Parkinson’s disease research and care at Jefferson.

The Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience will use the funds to further the research of Parkinson’s disease therapies. A team headed by Lorraine Iacovitti, PhD, and Jingli Cai, PhD, is studying the use of human induced pluripotent stem (hiPS) cells as a therapy to replace midbrain dopaminergic neurons.

The second grant will also provide essential services to patients of Tsao-Wei Liang, MD, and Daniel Kremens, MD, JD, supporting a clinical care coordinator and home-visit program. It will also be used to train the next generation of movement-disorder specialists. 

The third grant supports a research project spearheaded by Jay Schneider, PhD, to investigate dysregulation of ganglioside biosynthesis in Parkinson’s disease brain, a possible contributor to pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease. 

Since 2007, The Parkinson Council has donated more than $770,000 to Jefferson for Parkinson’s disease research and care.

Based in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., The Parkinson Council, a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation, is the premier local organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients, caregivers and their families impacted by Parkinson’s disease. The Parkinson Council invests in research, education and programs provided by world renowned institutions, and innovative service organizations in the greater Philadelphia area.