Diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Gaucher devastate the elderly and young alike. Researchers in SRI’s Health Sciences Section perform Alzheimer's research, Parkinson's research, and Gaucher disease research to determine the causes of such neurodegenerative diseases by applying techniques from a variety of disciplines, including molecular, neuroanatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioral approaches.
SRI's neurodegenerative disease research funders include:
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- National Institute of General Medical Sciences
- California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program
- Michael J. Fox Foundation
- Backus Foundation
- Alzheimer's Association
SRI is investigating whether the nicotine in tobacco smoke may be useful in meeting the urgent need to manage Parkinson’s disease.
SRI is analyzing the genetics of smoking and related characteristics, using data from a large-scale National Cancer Institute study on smoking cessation.
SRI established the Twin Research Registry as part of its scientific research and efforts to discover more about human behavior. Fraternal and identical twins and multiples of all ages are invited to join the Registry for consideration for research studies.