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Patient Groups to Help Chart the Course of $20 Million NIEHS Parkinson's Initiative

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Washington Fax reported on September 9 that advocates for people with Parkinson's disease will help craft the research goals of a new National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) initiative to conduct research into the relationship between environmental agents and Parkinson's disease. NIEHS will fund three centers with 5-year grants totaling $20 million, NIEHS Director Kenneth Olden announced on August 26. “We will involve patient advocacy groups in setting the research priorities. By involving patient groups, I am positive that the initiative will not lose its momentum,” Olden said during the plan's announcement at the Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale, Calif. The advocacy groups “will make scientists focus on what's really important,” he noted.

The Sunnyvale Parkinson's Institute will serve as the coordinating …

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