NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The British non-profit Parkinson's UK plans to provide £750,000 ($1.2 million) for research to find protein biomarkers for diagnosing and measuring the progress of Parkinson's disease.

The new grant, which is available to researchers within and outside the UK, will fund a study that uses a proteomics-based approach to identify biomarkers in blood or cerebrospinal fluid, Parkinson's UK said in a funding announcement late last week.

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