Michael J Fox Health Update

Foundation grants $7.7M for new Parkinson’s disease research

| Michael J Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease back in 1991, set up the Michael J. Fox Foundation back in 2000.

Earlier this year, the charity award new research projects with funding totaling $7.7 million.

Following his diagnosis, the Canadian and American actor, now 57, became an advocate for research toward finding a cure and set up the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) in 2000.

The charity has since become the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s disease research – with the foundation investing more than $650 million in research.

Last month, the foundation pledged a total of $7.7 million (£5.9 million) in funding for 39 projects in 12 different countries.

The donation came during the MJFF’s biannual open funding round.

Selected studies propose innovative approaches to advance the understanding, measurement, and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Some techniques include retinal scanning, natural killer cells, and profiling of pesticide exposure.

MJFF CEO Todd Sherer, PhD, said: “Our latest funding round builds on The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s longstanding tradition of supporting novel research poised for scientific breakthroughs that move the field toward patients’ greatest unmet need — therapies to prevent, slow or stop Parkinson’s progression — and better lives for those living with the disease today.”

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, after Alzheimer’s disease.

Last year, the MJFF invested almost $100 million in research into the disease.

Michael opened up about living with the condition, during an interview with CBS.

“Somebody’s grandmother had it. I mean, it was not a thing that I noticed or thought about as this 29-year-old guy,” he admitted.

“Yeah, well, I mean, as happy-go-lucky as I seem to be and as at-ease with this as I seem to be,” he started.

“I mean, it sucks. I hate it!” See the full story and more images at The Express. 

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