UAB has received five American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) research grants, the most awarded to one institution this year.

UAB was named an APDA Center for Advanced Research, one of nine APDA-supported centers in major academic and research institutions across the United States. David G. Standaert, M.D., Ph.D, director of UAB's Center for Neurodegeneration & Experimental Therapeutics, is the center director and medical director of the APDA Information & Referral Center at UAB. Advanced centers receive $125,000 annually for five years based upon favorable yearly progress reports.

One-year, $50,000 research grants were awarded to Anthony Nicholas, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology; Andrew West, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology, and Theodore Shaji, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow. Stephen Crimmins, Ph.D, received a one-year, $35,000 postdoctoral fellowship.