We Fund Quality of Life Research
We are committed to funding the most promising Parkinson’s research aimed at therapeutics and lifestyle choices that promote living well with Parkinson’s disease today. If you would like to help support our Quality of Life Research Fund, you can donate here.
Grant Application for 2019 Parkinson’s Research Funding Now Closed
An active commitment to support and fund research focused on improving the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease is central to advancing the Davis Phinney Foundation’s mission of helping people with Parkinson’s to live well today. The Foundation is now reviewing the Letters of Intent (LOI) from researchers and program directors we received during our submission period, which concluded March 1, 2019.
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Dr. Angela Ridgel of Kent State University will develop and test SMART (Speed Manipulated Adaptive Rehabilitation Therapy) cycling. Her team will develop a computerized model for use in a SMART controller that can be mounted on the chassis of a stationary motorized bike. This controller will use biomechanical data from the rider to automatically adjust bike...Read More
Dr. Anson Rosenfeldt and Dr. Jay Alberts will examine if Pedaling for Parkinson’s (an existing, low-cost program hosted by YMCAs) can slow Parkinson’s progression. This team will follow 50 participants and track their motor symptoms, non-motor symptoms, number of classes attended and quality of life over a 12-month period. This project also aims to identify which individuals...Read More
Fatigue in adults with Parkinson’s disease: The contribution of visual, vestibular, and oculomotor system deficits. Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA will conduct a study of how visual and balance-related sensory systems contribute to fatigue in Parkinson’s. Her study will explore the effectiveness of a therapy program to reduce fatigue in...Read More
Dr. Olga Klepitskaya from the University of Colorado will study the impact of vocal fold augmentation on quality of voice in people with Parkinson’s. This involves a study of vocal folds augmentation injection treatments to treat voice and speech impairments in Parkinson’s. Both short-acting and long-acting gel will be studied as...Read More
The dual task intervention study used a virtual reality assessment to improve motor and non-motor function in individuals with Parkinson’s. This study aimed to characterize Parkinson’s dual task deficits and develop effective interventions targeting these declines. The research study utilized the three-demential, state of the art CAREN system for...Read More
Tai Chi integrates elements of balance, flexibility, and coordination (motor function) with focused mental attention and multi-tasking (cognitive function). Conducted at Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the study will use two types of fMRI-based neuroimaging to understand the impact of Tai Chi on the cognitive and motor performance of...Read More
This multi-center observational study allowed participants with Parkinson’s living in New York, Maryland, Delaware, California and Florida to have a one-time visit with a movement disorder specialist through video conferencing. This study assessed the feasibility, impact and acceptability of using telemedicine to remove barriers to care in Parkinson’s disease....Read More
This study examined the effects of exercise on cognitive and motor functioning in a group of newly diagnosed individuals with Parkinson’s. The overall goal of this study was to assess whether exercise had potential to slow Parkinson’s progression in individuals who had not yet been treated with anti-Parkinson’s medications....Read More
People with Parkinson’s can have trouble speaking clearly and audibly. Monotone, quiet speech is often a serious problem that impacts quality of life. This study at the Center for Biomedical Research in Music, Colorado State University examined the effectiveness of Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS), a gait training technique, in preventing...Read More
When this study was awarded, there appeared to be clinically meaningful benefits of short-term exercise programs on persons with Parkinson. However, claims regarding the long-term effects of exercise on disability were made without research support. Researchers examined the 2-year trajectory of disability in a group of people with Parkinson’s....Read More