Penn Medicine’s Dr. Lee receives 2018 MJFF Pritzker Prize for her contribution to Parkinson’s research

The IOA congratulates Penn Medicine’s Virginia M.-Y. Lee, PhD, Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR) on receiving the 2018 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson’s Research, awarded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF).

Dr. Lee receiving her award from MJFF CEO, Tod Sherer, PhD (left) and Michael J. Fox (right). Photo courtesy of MJFF |

“Dr. Lee’s discoveries have marked milestones in our understanding of how Parkinson’s originates and progresses and paved the way for new treatment strategies,” said MJFF CEO Todd Sherer, PhD in their official press release on the award. “She is a leader in the study of neurodegenerative diseases and has helped mentor the next generation of neuroscientists. Her research could ultimately lead to breakthroughs for the millions who live with Parkinson’s disease.”

Furthermore, Dr. Lee is the first female researcher to receive the Pritzker Prize.

“Some of the most distinguished people in Parkinson’s research have received this prize, so I am honored to be among them,” Dr. Lee was quoted in the press release.

For the full MJFF Press Release, click here.

To hear more from Dr. Lee on this award, watch the MJFF’s recent video honoring her as a winner of one of their two major research prizes this year:


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