Portuguese American Journal

Coimbra: Portuguese researchers receive Michael J. Fox Foundation Award – Portugal

The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), dedicated to founding research for the cure of Parkinson’s disease, has awarded the University of Coimbra, Portugal with a $250 thousand research grant.

Pledged last year, the “Rapid Response Innovation Award” will fund the work of Portuguese researchers Carlos Palmeira and Rodrigo Cunha affiliated with the Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra.

Carlos Palmeira is an Associate Professor in the Department of Life Sciences and a research scientist at the Center for Neurosciences and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra. A member of several international societies, he is author and co-author of more than 70 papers. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Coimbra and did a postdoctoral training in biochemical toxicolog at the University of Minnesota, USA.

Rodrigo Cunha is an Associate Professor and researcher at the Faculty of Medicine and director of the Department of Neuropharmacology of the Center for Neurosciences of the University of Coimbra. He has published over 130 papers and is also a member of Steering Committee of the European Neuroscience Campus (ENC, first European PhD program in neurosciences) and European Neuroscience Institute Network (ENI-Net). He holds a PhD in Biochemistry (Pharmacology) from the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Established in 2000, by Canadian screen actor Michael J. Fox, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’sResearch supports novel Parkinson’s disease related research in real-time through innovative research focused on the cause of and cure of the disease. The Foundation has become the largest private funder of Parkinson’s disease research in the world, investing nearly $285 million in research to date.  Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.

Founded in 1290 by Portuguese King D. Dinis (1261-1325), the University of Coimbra is the oldest university of Portugal and one of the oldest universities in Europe and the world.  The University of Coimbra has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.

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