Equipment for Parkinson Disease Research
Organized by: Thomas Jeitner
Parkinson Disease affects one million Americans. The chances of getting this disease also increase the longer you live. Parkinson Disease is due to the formation of Lewy Bodies. These structures are made up of thousands of protein molecules. Most researchers study the binding of just a few of these molecules. By contrast, my laboratory studies how the thousands of molecules bind together to make Lewy Bodies. We believe that by understanding this process that it will be possible to break Lewy Bodies into smaller pieces. The cells will then be able to destroy the smaller pieces. It will be possible to break Lewy Bodies into smaller pieces because the bonds holding these structures together are weaker than those bind a few molecules. My laboratory requires a piece of equipment – a flow cytometer – for our studies. We’d like to buy a second-hand flow cytometer. Most funding for Parkinson Disease research goes to large organizations that use a lot of the monies for administration. What is left over goes to big name institutions like Harvard and Columbia. Smaller laboratories like mine have a hard time getting funded by the larger organizations or competing with Harvard. It is the smaller labs, however, often come up with paradigm-changing ideas. Thank you for reading this note and your generosity.