LIVERMORE, CA, October 29, 2009 — The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announced today that Jay Davis, PhD, has been elected President of the Hertz Foundation. Dr. Davis, the Founding Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Founding Director of the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hertz Foundation. The Hertz Foundation, established in 1957, is one of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations focused on empowering innovative young scientists and engineers.

June 25, 2009 — As of mid-2009, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has already funded over $1 million in high-risk, high-reward approaches to Parkinson’s therapeutic development through its groundbreaking Rapid Response Innovation Awards. Projects include investigations of the safety and efficacy of an FDA-approved drug for kidney disease to treat Parkinson’s; characterization of a tenuous link between PD and certain strains of influenza virus; and a proof-of-principle approach to refine deep brain stimulation (DBS) into a potentially more effective symptomatic therapy.

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