This week, a new initiative called Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) has injected a massive $161 million investment in global Parkinson’s research. We discover more about the projects that have received funding and find out how building on the research discoveries of yesterday will bring a brighter tomorrow.

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Let’s start with the big news. $161million worth of research funding for 21 teams based in 11 different countries has been awarded through a global research initiative called ASAP (Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s). The idea behind ASAP is simple — by investing in basic research, and fostering global collaboration and multidisciplinary working, we can uncover the roots of Parkinson’s and clear a more direct pathway to a cure.

Now researchers have been trying to understand the underlying causes of Parkinson’s for some time. Indeed in the last 20 years or so, real headway has been made in what we now understand is a very complex condition with many different driving factors that vary between individuals with the condition. …


Dr Beckie Port

Research Communications Manager at @ParkinsonsUK. Ex-researcher in oncology and virology.

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