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LSUHS Faculty Member Awarded Grant
to Further Support Parkinson’s Disease Research

Stephan Witt, PhD

Stephan Witt, PhD, Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been awarded a multi-Principal Investigator one-year R56 grant for $642,408 from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Dr. Witt is the Principal Investigator at LSU Health Shreveport and is collaborating with Dr. Joseph Mazzulli, the Principal Investigator at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, on this grant. Dr. Witt and Dr. Mazzulli’s grant is titled “Examining the role of phosphatidylethanolamine and autophagic disruption in Lewy body dementias and Parkinson’s disease.” The research is based on a finding by the Witt Lab that supplemental ethanolamine promotes efficient intracellular trafficking of the Parkinson’s disease-associated protein, α-synuclein.

Learn more about the Witt Lab and Dr. Witt’s research at www.lsuhs.edu/Stephan-witt-lab.

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