Weston grants to accelerate development of new therapies for Parkinson disease and related dementias

November 26, 2014

Drs. Michael Schlossmacher and Julianna Tomlinson and their colleagues have been awarded $300,000 from the Weston Brain Institute for two research projects aimed at developing new therapies for Parkinson disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. These projects stem from the Schlossmacher group’s recent research revealing how GBA1 gene mutations contribute to both of these diseases. The first grant (led by Dr. Tomlinson) will allow the team to characterize an innovative new mouse model based on this research, while the second grant (led by Dr. Schlossmacher) will allow them to use the mouse model to see if small molecules that target GBA1 may be able to improve behavioural and biochemical abnormalities.

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