NIH grant will support study of approaches to movement difficulty in Parkinson's disease

NIH grant will support study of approaches to movement difficulty in Parkinson's disease

A team of Creighton University researchers in the Department of Pharmacology has earned a National Institutes of Health grant to help people experiencing the gross motor dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease.

The two-year, $412,400 grant will examine the effects of drug therapy on a receptor in nerve cells tied to such activities as walking. The misfiring of the nerve cells, housed in the brain’s globus pallidus structure, is suspected to cause difficulty in movement and immobility.

Shashank Dravid, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, is the lead investigator on the grant, with a research group comprising Gajanan Shelkar, PhD, a post-doctoral researcher, Jinxu Liu, a research associate, Ratnamala Pavuluri, research technician and a graduate student, Pauravi Gandhi.

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