Prabhavathi Maddineni, PhD is a post doctoral fellow in Dr. Gulab Zode’s lab in the North Texas Eye Research Institute. Prabha just learned that her K99/R00 application to the NIH National Eye Institute will be funded; the K99/R00 is a mentored career development award. This is the first K99 ever funded at HSC. Her grant is titled “The role of impaired mitophagy and mitochondrial dysfunction in glaucomatous neurodegeneration”, it will fund her last two years as a post doc (K99) and her first three years as a faculty member (R00).
August Story: Dr. Ella Anle Kasanga
In the United States, about one million people are living with Parkinson’s disease, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. The disease is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors and is usually diagnosed with the presence of cardinal motor signs and symptoms.Tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness of the arms, legs or trunk, and postural imbalance are the main motor symptoms that need to be present in order to make a diagnosis. There is no cure for the disease and the reason for its development remains unknown.
Across the country, researchers are working around the clock to identify ways to help those living with the disease. Joining this effort is Dr. Ella Anle Kasanga, a visiting researcher who recently graduated from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. Dr. Kasanga is a recipient of the Parkinson’s Foundation Visiting Scholar Award which offers graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the chance to expand their skill set to support their Parkinson’s disease research. As part of the scholarship, Dr. Kasanga is visiting the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work where she works under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Richardson, Associate Dean for Research.