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HDSA Research Grants and Fellowships Program
HDSA Research Grants
HDSA Research Grant awards serve as vital seed funding for new or innovative research projects with the expectation that they will develop sufficiently to attract funding from other sources. These grants meet an important need in funding HD research. While the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fund the vast majority of research sponsorships for established research in the United States, the NIH does not have the capacity to provide seed money for projects in the early stages of development. Without the HDSA Research Grants program, many new initiatives in HD research might never have had the chance to begin.
HDSA Research Grant awards are available to Principal Investigators in the amount of up to $50,000 for one year. Grants are not renewable but investigators can apply for another grant.
Our 2008 Research Grant recipient is Dr. Ruth Luthi-Carter. Dr. Carter will investigate "Cellular mRNA Changes in Human HD Caudate: Laser-capture Microdissection Combined with Microarray Analysis."
Ruth Luthi-Carter, Ph.D.
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (Switzerland)
Visit her lab page: http://bmi.epfl.ch/page61122.html
Catch up with an early grant recipient, Nancy Bonini, Ph.D., and find out about her surprising new research findings.
HDSA Research Fellowships
HDSA Research Fellowship awards are designed to help promising postdoctoral investigators in the early stages of their careers. This program can be instrumental in encouraging a young investigator to enter the field of HD research.
Fellowship awards are available in amounts up to $40,000 for one year.
Fellows who have demonstrated sufficient progress are eligible to apply for a second and final year of funding.
Bronwen Martin, Ph.D.
National Institute on Aging
"Exendin-4 and GLP1/hTf"
Jean Savare, PharmD, Ph.D.
J. David Gladstone Institutes (CA)
"Genome-wide Analysis of Physical and Genetic Interactions of Full-Length Huntingtin in Yeast and in Neurons"
Austin J. Milnerwood, Ph.D.
(co-sponsored with Huntington Society of Canada)
University of British Columbia
"Role of PolyQ Length and Caspase-6 Cleavage inMutant Huntingtin's Effects on Corticostriatal Synaptic Function in the YAC HD Mouse Model."