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Advocates Guide $16 Million in US Department of Defense Parkinson’s Research Funding for Second Straight Year

Recently, four Parkinson’s Foundation Research Advocates helped guide $16 million in government funding for Parkinson’s disease (PD) research. This is the second straight year in which our Research Advocates have served as consumer reviewers for research funded by the US Department of Defense (DoD). The group included:

  • Bel Broadley, M.B.A., of Downingtown, PA, a US Air Force Veteran, Research Advocate
  • Jay Phillips of Summerville, SC, a US Army Veteran, Research Advocate and member, People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council
  • A.C. Woolnough, M.A., Sandpoint, ID, Research Advocate, Vice Chair, People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council
  • Paul Zimmet, D.D.S., of Reston, VA, a US Army Veteran, Research Advocate

The group of four reviewed applications from scientists seeking funding through the DoD Parkinson’s Research Program. Working alongside scientists, they shared their insights as to how funds could be best spent to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s.

“As a person with Parkinson’s, I consider our work with DoD to be an honor and a responsibility,” said Mr. Woolnough. “The great news is that our feedback about the needs of the Parkinson’s community was heard by scientists at the highest levels. I am hopeful that partnerships like these will drive improvements in our daily lives.”

“As a leader in patient-driven research, the Parkinson’s Foundation has learned that our community can point us toward the most pressing areas of need in research,” said Veronica Todaro, M.P.H., Vice President, National Programs, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “We applaud DoD for continuing to engage patient advocates to ensure their research funding aligns with community needs.”

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