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AU researcher receives million-kroner grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Poul Henning Jensen from Aarhus University has received a grant of DKK 3.8 million from The Michael J. Fox Foundation to conduct research into Parkinson's disease.

2018.01.04 | Helle Horskjær Hansen

Poul Henning Jensen has received almost 4 million kroner from The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

What are the causes of Parkinson’s disease and why does the disease develop? These are questions that Poul Henning Jensen from the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University is trying to find answers to. With a million-kroner grant from the American Michael J. Fox Foundation, the goal is to produce more precise forms of medicine and methods to follow how the disease develops in individual patients.

More specifically, the researchers will study how the alpha-synuclein protein clumps together, as this protein is a central element in the development of Parkinson's disease. The aim is to uncover precisely how these clumps look at the molecular level and to test whether a substance that binds the clump together can protect cells.

The research will be carried out in collaboration with researchers from the University of Southern Denmark and the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt.


Professor Poul Henning Jensen
Aarhus University, Department of Biomedicine
Tel.: (+45) 2899 2056

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