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Michael J. Fox Foundation Funds GVSU Research into Parkinson's Biomarker

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has awarded Sok Kean Khoo, an associate professor of molecular genomics at Grand Valley State University, a $110,000 grant to study molecular biomarkers for monitoring the advancement of Parkinson's disease.

Khoo will use the grant to continue work that she began while she was at the Van Andel Institute to identify biomarkers that may be useful in a blood-based test for Parkinson's. The pilot project was funded by an MJFF grant and was conducted in collaboration with Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hauenstein Neuroscience Center, the University of Colorado, Denver, and Umeå University in Sweden.

About 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson's with 50,000 to 60,000 newly diagnosed patients each year, GVSU said.