- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A Duke University neuroscientist and biomedical engineer has been awarded $4 million to study deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/1J8ym9R) that Warren Grill won the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award. The award guarantees funding for Grill’s work for the next four years, and another three years pending administrative review.

Grill’s research focuses on deep brain stimulation, a treatment that has been used since the 1990s to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.

Surgeons implant electrodes in the patient’s brain that emit regular electric pulses.

The Javits Award is named after New York Sen. Jacob Javits, who had the neurodegenerative disease ALS. The grant is awarded to senior researchers in brain research and applied neuroscience.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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