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Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s represents a major new funder for Parkinson’s research. They are focused on basic biology research and require their grant holders to take a very collaborative, interdisciplinary, “open science” approach.
In their first 2 years of funding, the organisation has awarded almost US$300 million in grants.
That is kind of… how should I put this?… a lot!
In today’s post, we will look at the research projects being funded by ASAP in 2021.
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In a world of instant gratification for no effort or justification, I like people who have a little bit of foresight. Particularly when their goal is for the greater good (even if it is simply to make someone smile).
For example, in 2006, David Hampton (one of the owners of Hampton Lumber) and employees Dennis Creel and Mark Vroman, decided to do something that would take years to develop, but now amuses folks driving down Highway 18, between Grand Ronde and Willamina in Oregon.
They ‘planted’ a 300 foot wide smiley face on a hill side, by planting larch conifers which are predominantly orange/yellow in a specific arrangement, among the usual evergreen fir trees. Years later, the result is:
Another example of some inspiring farsighted thinking that is more related to our interests here is the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (or ASAP – click here to read a previous SoPD post on this initiative):
What did they announce?