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Anna Naito, PhD

Associate Director
Research Programs

As Associate Director, Research Programs, Anna stays closely linked in with the Parkinson’s research community to maintain a current view of the PD drug development landscape and ensure that MJFF research priorities reflect and best serve the ultimate needs of patients. This includes regularly meeting with academic and industry researchers at Foundation-hosted workshops and conferences as well as traveling to Parkinson’s/neuroscience congresses and symposia around the world. Anna manages the biomarkers grants in the Foundation’s portfolio, overseeing the process of soliciting investigator proposals, peer review, awarding and contracting funds, troubleshooting and assessing projects as they go forward, and assessing potential for supplemental or follow-on funding.

Anna earned a BA in Biology and Music from Smith College, and completed her PhD in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology along with an MS in the Management of Drug Development from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the Foundation, Anna worked in R&D in the biotechnology sector, as well as at the Neurology department of the Keck Medical Center (USC) where she worked in clinical research for promising therapeutics for Parkinson’s