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Duke trio shares $1 million award to understand genetic roots of Parkinson’s disease

Three Duke researchers have received a grant of more than $1 million to study the role of astrocytes--common, star-shaped support cells within the brain--in the development of Parkinson’s disease. The award is part of more than $52 million in funding being given by the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative (CZI), which brings together experimental scientists from a variety of fields to better understand the root causes of neurodegenerative disorders. Cagla Eroglu, PhD, (left) from the Department of Cell Biology, will act as lead principal investigator, along with the Neurology Department’s Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD, (right) the clinical principal investigator, and Al La Spada MD, PhD (center).  Read More

Duke Department of Cell Biology

Cell Biology is one of the eight basic science Departments of Duke Medical Center. Faculty of our Department are internationally recognized for their research, which excels in basic biomedical research at the cellular, molecular, structural, and organismal level. Equally important to the mission of the Department is preparing our graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students for successful and rewarding careers in academic, clinical, and non-academic settings. Members of Cell Biology work together to generate a supportive, enthusiastic, and diverse environment that fosters the innovative and creative ideas that drives our science. Learn more....


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