Congratulations to Mackenzie Bolen on Receiving the Parkinson’s Foundation Visiting Scholar Award!

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Mackenzie Bolen has been awarded funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation in support of their Visiting Scholar Award proposal titled “Gut-First biomarker discovery within Parkinson’s Disease: single-cell spatial molecular imaging identifies molecular patterns of inflammation in colon and brain.”

The Parkinson’s Foundation Visiting Scholar Award aims to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with opportunities to expand their skill set and enhance their Parkinson’s research. In today’s collaborative research landscape, breaking down silos and learning from each other are paramount, regardless of the field. This award fosters innovation, creativity, and multidisciplinary collaboration to drive forward the future of Parkinson’s research.

With a $4,000 stipend to support travel and housing expenses, Mackenzie will have the opportunity to visit a host laboratory and learn new techniques such as microscopy, molecular biology, surgical techniques, computer modeling, and more. Importantly, Mackenzie will integrate these new techniques into their current research project, under the guidance of the host laboratory’s principal investigator.

Upon completion of the project, Mackenzie will have the opportunity to apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend a related scientific conference and present their research, further contributing to the advancement of Parkinson’s research and dissemination of knowledge.

Congratulations, Mackenzie, on this well-deserved recognition! Their dedication to advancing Parkinson’s research is truly commendable, and we look forward to the exciting discoveries and contributions that lie ahead.