College of Liberal Arts

Psychology Graduate Student Awarded Grant to Research Parkinson's Disease

Tue, Jul 29, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas—Elizabeth Smith, a psychology graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded a Summer Student Fellowship from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) to study medical interventions for Parkinson’s disease.

Her project, titled “Methylene Blue as a Treatment for Motor & Cognitive Deficits in a Rodent Model of Parkinson’s,” was selected from a highly competitive group of student research proposals. Her project is mentored by Hongjoo Lee, assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Austin.

PDF’s Summer Fellowship Program supports advanced undergraduates, graduate and medical students in their pursuit of Parkinson’s-related summer research projects. As a whole, PDF funds promising scientific research and supports people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services.

"The Parkinson's Disease Foundation, through this latest selection of research grants, renews its most important promise to the community: to understand and help find the cure for Parkinson's disease, and for as long as that search continues, to ensure that those families and individuals who live with Parkinson's disease are able to achieve and maintain the best quality of life," says PDF President Robin Anthony Elliott.

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