Xiqun Chen, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, has received a $6M Neuro-immune Interactions award from the ASAP Collaborative Research Network, a program of the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative being implemented through The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Chen and her team received the award for their study, “From Cancer Associations to Altered Immunity in the Pathogenesis of Parkinson’s Disease.” The findings of the project will advance the understanding of how immune dysregulation triggered by Parkinson’s and cancer-associated genes can lead to degeneration of dopaminergic neurons, and may open new avenues for prevention and therapies for Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Chen on the Impact of Her Research and What it May Mean for Patients