New research project funded at NeuRA

Shake It Up Australia Foundation is delighted to be funding more world leading research at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). The twelve month research grant funded in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will enable Professor Glenda Halliday and Dr Nicolas Dzamko to continue their important research in the area of LRRK2.

Professor Glenda Halliday and Dr Nicolas Dzamko

Professor Glenda Halliday and Dr Nicolas Dzamko

Mutations in the LRRK2 gene are the most common genetic cause of Parkinson’s disease and while only a few percent of all Parkinson’s cases are directly due to LRRK2 mutations it gives researchers a strong clue of where to look for things that go wrong in Parkinson’s patients. Understanding what LRRK2 does and what it may do differently in Parkinson’s patients is a big research priority internationally and we are pleased to say that NeuRA is at the forefront of that research.

As always there is a cost associated with this research and in this case the Shake It Up committment is $66,000. We rely on a united Parkinson’s community to continue running events and raising funds so that we can in turn fund these projects. Please go to our getting involved page and consider what you can do to make this and other research possible.

Read a recent interview Shake It Up conducted with Dr Dzamko to learn more about the LRRK2 research at NeuRA.

To read more about the projects we fund visit out Funded Projects page.