Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Dr. Todd Sherer joined the Foundation as Associate Director, Research Programs in April 2004 and was promoted to Vice President, Research Programs in June 2006. In this role, he leads a team that proactively manages the world's largest privately-funded Parkinson's disease research portfolio. Every year, this team reviews up to 800 grant proposals to fund approximately $30 million in Parkinson's research, with a strong focus on pre-clinical therapeutic development and clinical research. At any given time, Dr. Sherer manages up to 200 active grants, working closely with academic and industry scientists to help speed promising new discoveries from research labs to pharmacy shelves.
Dr. Sherer earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Duke University and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia, where his thesis work focused on neurotrophins and cell death pathways in neurodegenerative disease. As a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Tim Greenamyre, a member of the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Sherer's research focused on the role of environmental factors in Parkinson’s and on the development of model systems for the disease. As a result, he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Dr. Sherer is the author of over 30 research articles in the field of neurodegeneration with a focus on Parkinson’s disease.