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New Florida Grant Supports Scholar Training in Movement Disorders Research

The University of Florida has received a nearly $1 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to train future movement disorders scientists.

The Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration program will train 12 doctoral students to become independent researchers whose work will lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor and ataxia.

Dr. Dawn Bowers, a professor in the department of clinical and health psychology in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions, and Dr. David Vaillancourt, a professor in the department of applied physiology and kinesiology in the College of Health and Human Performance, serve as the training program directors.

“Across the nation there is a shortage of well-trained scientists who have expertise in clinical and basic science research methods, interventions and clinical outcome measures, and who can capitalize on collaborations across these areas to promote the understanding and eventual cure of people with debilitating movement disorders,” Dr. Bowers said.

“The training will provide a broad understanding of a specific movement disorder from genetics to cells, circuits and clinical presentation of a person,” Dr. Vaillancourt said. “It will also provide exposure to motor, cognitive and emotional features of movement disorders. We hope to build a cadre of rigorously trained, scientifically competent and innovative young scientists.”