The Michael J. Fox Foundation's Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders Selects Class of 2021
NEW YORK, PRNewswire/ -- The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders has selected six neurology physicians for the Class of 2021, the program's fourth class, from top neurology programs across the world. This summer, these individuals will begin two years of training to become movement disorder clinician-researchers — experts in treating people with Parkinson's and other movement disorders as well as advancing critical research.
Launched in 2014, The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders — a collaboration between The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) and longtime partner the Edmond J. Safra Foundation — bridges a funding gap to train much-needed movement disorder specialists. Annually, the program awards funding to five academic centers worldwide to each train a new movement disorder specialist over two years. With the enrollment of this fourth class and the recent graduation of its first, The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders is on schedule to graduate 21 new movement disorder specialists by the year 2021.
"The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship aims to train outstanding movement disorder specialists who can provide the highest level of patient care while pushing research advances forward," says Todd Sherer, PhD, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. "We're providing top-tier centers with the resources to connect with and train competitive candidates, enabling a future generation of leaders in movement disorders."
The Class of 2021 Fellows
The Class of 2021 Edmond J. Safra Fellows and centers are:
*UCSF's Class of 2019 fellow took a movement disorders position in an underserved area after one year of fellowship so the program is matching a second fellow in the Class of 2021.
During the fellowship, world-renowned movement disorder experts guide each individual's education and career development. Fellows learn how to critically evaluate and optimally treat movement disorder patients as well as how to lead and interpret clinical studies.
"With each new class of The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders, we see enormous promise and hope," says Lily Safra, chairwoman of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and member of the MJFF Board of Directors. "This next generation of movement disorder specialists will meet critical needs in patient care and research advancement."
Fellowship a Solution to a Growing Problem
The Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders aims to address this need by providing critical funding to train more movement disorder specialists. The program is building an international network of clinician-researchers and is on schedule to graduate 21 new movement disorder specialists around the world by the year 2021.
Watch a video about the fellowship program.
A Commitment to Promoting Parkinson's Research and Care
In addition to generous gifts to centers and programs providing direct care to people with Parkinson's disease, Mrs. Safra and her foundation have driven vital scientific investigation into new treatments. The fellowship is the latest among many partnerships between the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and MJFF, including the Edmond J. Safra Core Programs for PD Research, which supports MJFF's central grantmaking initiatives.
About The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
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