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2017 / 2018 Research Fellowships and Scholarships Announced

Apr. 13, 2018

On World Parkinson’s Day on Wednesday 11th April at our InSearch research lectures in Melbourne, Parkinson’s Victoria was pleased to award the following Fellowships & Scholarships.

Over the last two years we received over $500,000 in donations to research, and Parkinson’s Victoria has invested the same. 

In addition to the annual Fellowship and Scholarship program, we continue our support of Brainbank and the three year commitment to Prof. Paul Fisher’s research into the development of a diagnostic test for Parkinson’s.

Argyrou Family Fellowship

Dr Dominic J Hare
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Project Name:
Metals and superoxide dismutase-1 proteinopathy in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Project Summary:
A multidisciplinary team will examine metal levels and metalloproteins including SOD1 in the human PSP brain, with the goal of identifying metal-associated mechanisms of neurodegeneration that can be targeted during early stages of disease to prevent cell death.

Atypical/Argyrou Family Fellowship

Dr Susan C Slade & Dr Meg Morris
School of Allied Health
College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University

Project Name:
Designing Evidence-Based Exercise Programs for People Living With Progressive
Supranuclear Palsy Informed by Consumers and International Research

Project Summary:
This study aims to use evidence coupled with patient and care-givers’ experiences of Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and exercise, and clinician beliefs about management, to design new PSP exercise programs and accompanying education resources.

Argyrou Family Scholarship (extension for 6 months)

Ms Sonia Rao
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Project Name:
The pathological interaction between iron and tau in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Project Summary:
The overall aim of this project is to translate basic science into effective therapeutics and improve the lives of people living with this devastating condition.

Parkinson’s Victoria Scholarship

Ms Tracy Zhang
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Project Name:
Unifying biochemistry, neuroimaging and behaviour to trace iron from neurodevelopment to neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease

Project Summary:

With access to cutting edge technology, Ms Zhang will trace the life cycle of iron from neurodevelopment through to the onset of Parkinson’s disease symptoms, studying the effects of across the entire lifespan to precisely identify when brain iron overload becomes neurotoxic.


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