MBJ: UTHSC researcher gets NIH funding for Parkinson’s research
A University of Tennessee Health Science Center professor received a $1.6 million grant to study the role of dopamine in Parkinson’s disease.
Fu-Ming Zhou, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine, received the grant, distributed over five years, from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which is part of theNational Institutes of Health. Zhou’s study is titled “Ion Channel Mechanisms of Striatal Dopaminergic Motor Stimulation.”
Dopamine is a chemical that affects brain functions, including motor control, cognition and reward regulation. Using anatomical, physiological and behavioral techniques, researchers will determine how dopamine affects neuronal activity and spike-firing in the brain. Knowledge gained will advance the understanding of dopamine’s precise neuronal effects and mechanisms in both the normal brain and Parkinson’s disease brain, thus, providing a foundation to improve treatments of Parkinson’s disease.