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Parkinson's Research Grant Awarded To University Of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A University of Kentucky research center has received $6 million to study a controversial drug treatment for Parkinson's disease.

The funding came from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for study of the drug G-D-N-F (glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor).

The university's Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center of Excellence will conduct the research. The drug was pulled from a U-K study last year when its producer, Amgen, said studies found that high doses caused brain damage in some monkeys.

The university said in a statement today that G-D-N-F has demonstrated the potential to halt and in some cases reverse Parkinson's, a brain disorder that causes tremors and stiffness in the body. The director of the Udall Center, Greg Gerhardt, said the center will conduct a five-year study of the drug, including its potential negative effects and how to fine-tune dosing to improve effectiveness.

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