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Five academic centers, in the United States and Canada, have been chosen by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, to host the Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders class, as announced at 9:12 ET on April 13, 2017. This is the third class to be held in collaboration with the Michael J. Fox Foundation partner and supporter.
To further illuminate the efforts for Parkinson disease research, the April announcement by the foundation has been fittingly made during Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders was established in 2014 to assist with funding for movement disorder specialists training.
The academic centers, selected for the 2018-2020 class, are several well-established teaching institutions. Named are the universities of Alabama at Birmingham, Columbia Medical Center in New York, Michigan, and Toronto Western, Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital, in association with Harvard Medical School in Boston,
The goal is for more neurological specialists in movement disorders, to grow their research abilities globally. They are working to find new ways to diagnose and manage Parkinson’s disease.
Lily Safra, the chairwoman of The Edmond J. Safra Foundation, noted the hope of the class:
This program will ultimately benefit people with Parkinson’s, who will receive remarkable care and have research designed with their interests in mind.
Applicants were rated by an appointed advisory committee, who chose the institutions. Each center must name a fellow to receive two years of specialized training, beginning July 2018.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation was created by the actor of the same name. Fox was given the diagnosis in 1991, of early-onset Parkinson’s disease. In 1998, he announced his ailment to the public. Since then, Fox has committed his life to supporting research to combat the disease.
Written by Carol Ruth Weber
Edited by Tracy Blake and Jeanette Smith
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