Research Roundtable 2018

We would like to thank the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research for putting together our second annual Research Round Table here in Detroit.

We would also like to thank Henry Ford Hospital for opening their auditorium for us.

A special thank you to our guest speakers, Kuldip Dave, PhD and Jason M Schwalb, MD. Their time and knowledge they provided for this very special event was excellent.

Finally, thank you to all of our volunteers and committee members. Their time and continued commitment to finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease is greatly appreciated!

We would love to hear from you!

If you attended our Second Annual Research Roundtable or if you would like to attend future events please give us feedback.





Kuldip Dave, PhDs Director, Research Programs, The Michael J Fox Foundation
Jason M. Schwalb, MD Specialist, Neurological Surgery, Henry Ford Health System




Kuldip Dave, PhDs
Director, Research Programs, The Michael J Fox Foundation

As Director, Research Programs, Kuldip stays closely linked to the Parkinson’s community in order to develop an aggressive and innovative agenda for accelerating research and drug development for Parkinson’s disease. This ensures that MJFF priorities reflect and best serve the ultimate needs of patients. Kuldip regularly meets with academic and industry scientists around the world to identify promising proposals to support, providing troubleshooting and ongoing management of projects as they go forward. He supports the Foundation’s priority interest in alpha-synuclein, an important protein linked genetically and pathologically to Parkinson’s disease. He also oversees the emerging targets portfolio to identify and validate novel targets for Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr. Dave earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Rutgers University and a PhD in Pharmacology & Physiology from the MCP-Hahnemann University. His thesis work focused on serotonergic regulation of motor function and learning and memory. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at a small biotechnology firm Adolor Corporation investigating opioid-receptor regulation of pain and inflammation pathways. Kuldip went on to work for the pharmaceutical company Wyeth managing programs within the Women’s Health Department focusing on the hormonal regulation of mood and sexual disorders. He brings this broad CNS drug-discovery experience and knowledge to the Foundation to help bring new treatments to people with Parkinson’s. (Reference:



Jason M. Schwalb, MD
Specialist, Neurological Surgery, Henry Ford Health System

Dr. Schwalb is well published in his field and has given numerous presentations and lectureships. He is an active member of the Movement Disorder Society and the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN). He serves on the Professional Advisory Board of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation. He is the current Co-Chair of the Functional Neurosurgery Working Group of the Parkinson’s Study Group and Secretary/Treasurer of the AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pain.

Dr. Schwalb obtained his BA in Classical Greek summa cum laude from CUNY Brooklyn College, spurring a lasting interest in how the structure of language influences thought. He obtained his MD from Yale University, where he was named a Farr Scholar, one of five recipients of the medical school’s highest thesis award. He completed his surgical internship at Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Neurosurgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania with an infolded fellowship in spine surgery. He then completed a fellowship in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery with Andres Lozano, MD, PhD at the University of Toronto, during which time he also obtained additional training in epilepsy and peripheral nerve surgery. (Reference:





Below are some of comments from the the surveys!


“Excellent seminar-thank you.”
“Excellent presentations.”
“Well-organized overall.”
“Appreciated evidence-based data discussion.”
“Excellent presentations and presented so I could understand it!”
“Great program, I learned a lot-thank you!’
“I am so glad I came!”


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Donna Rajkovic

Founder & President

Donna founded Team Fox Detroit in 2016, a 501c(3) public charity dedicated to supporting the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. She became President in 2018 when the charity she founded received its official IRS designation. She was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease in 2012 and has been enrolled in the Parkinson’s Progression Marker Initiative (PPMI) research study at the Cleveland Clinic for seven years. The PPMI study is dedicated to finding a biomarker for Parkinson’s disease which would make it easier to diagnose and target new medications to stop disease progression. She is also enrolled in Fox Insight, an online clinical study where people with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones share information that could transform the search for better treatments.

In addition to leading Team Fox Detroit, Donna serves as President of Serbian Sisters Ravanica whose primary function is to raise money to support children’s activities in the St. Lazarus Parish as well as other Orthodox charities in the Detroit metropolitan area. She also serves as Second Vice President of The Executive Board of St. Lazarus Ravanica Serbian Orthodox Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Donna is committed to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through funding research. She lives in Novi, MI with her husband Mike and their three sons, Stevan, Daniel, and Alan.

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