Sunnyvale-based Parkinsonís Institute receives grant from CIRM to support stem cell research
Dr. Dennis Steindler will lead new lab and research
Published Friday, September 21, 2012
by The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center

Sunnyvale, CA: The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center (PI) announced that it has been awarded a five year, $6.7 million Research Leadership Award grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Importantly, the CIRM Board has awarded only five such grants since its inception. The award was made by the Governing Board at their recent September meeting.

The CIRM Research Leadership Awards are designed to enable California research facilities to attract talented stem cell researchers. With this funding, The Parkinson's Institute will bring Dr. Dennis Steindler, currently at the University of Florida, on staff. Dr. Steindler is expected to join the PI in early 2013.

Dr. J. William Langston

"This will move the Institute to the forefront of stem cell research facilities working in the Parkinson's disease area," said Dr. J. William Langston, CEO of The Parkinson's Institute. "Dr. Steindler's work is recognized around the world, and we are honored that he wants to continue his life's work at The Parkinson's Institute."

Dr. Steindler will build a laboratory at The PI focused on research into how stem cells can be used to better understand and treat Parkinson's disease. This research will also provide insights into the role of stem cells in the propagation of Parkinson's disease and how this process can be favorably altered.

"The support of CIRM in bringing a researcher of Dr. Steindler's reknown to The Parkinson's Institute will result in immediate and long term advances for Parkinson's disease research," continued Dr. Langston, "and get us closer to a cure, which is what we all are striving for."

The formal title of Dr. Steindler's research is Stem Cell Pathologies in Parkinson's disease as a key to Regenerative Strategies. "I'm very excited to continue my research at the Parkinson's Institute with the support of this grant," said Dr. Steindler. "This project will allow us to focus on new ways of thinking about how brain cells and circuits vulnerable in Parkinson's might reveal their nature early and during both disease and treatment via new cellular biomarkers. Eventually, that might lead to a better understanding of how these cellular processes can become targets for new treatment approaches."

About The Parkinson's Institute

The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center is America's only independent, non-profit organization providing comprehensive care to individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). The PI is a leader in researching causes and potential cures for PD. Since its founding in 1988, The PI has helped more than 50,000 PD patients better manage their disease, developed new treatments for this disease, and published ground-breaking research focused on closing the gap between science and practical care. To learn more about the research at The Parkinsonís Institute, click here.

About CIRM

CIRM was established in November 2004 with the passage of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act. The statewide ballot measure, which provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell research at California universities and research institutions, was overwhelmingly approved by voters, and called for the establishment of an entity to make grants and provide loans for stem cell research, research facilities, and other vital research opportunities. A list of grants and loans awarded to date may be seen here:

If you would like more information, please email Mary Tunison, Development Director, at mtunison@thepi.


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