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Dr. Nicholas Hatsopoulos

Foundation Forward

In 2002, Dr. Nicholas Hatsopoulos, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at The University of Chicago, was awarded his first BRF Seed Grant for $25,000. His lab set out to understand the basics behind how neurons in the motor cortex controlled reaching movement. In 2008, his project expand...

Dr. Dane Chetkovich

New Antidepressant Target Discovered by Brain Research Foundation Grantee

Most existing antidepressants affect mood and emotions by increasing levels of neurotransmitters called monoamines, namely serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. But the fact that these drugs are not effective for many patients suggests there are additional mechanisms underlying depression yet t...

Daniel K. Leventhal, M.D., Ph.D.

For more than 40 years dopamine replacement therapy has improved motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease, but how or why is still a mystery. If more were known, therapy could perhaps be fine-tuned to give people living with Parkinson’s more control over their movements and a better quality of life.

Tremors, slowed movement, a shuffling walk, impaired balance. These are some of the characteristic symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a disabling condition that progressively diminishes a person’s motor control.

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