, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). In this role he directs the organization’s research strategy while providing day-to-day management and oversight of the Foundation, reporting to the Board of Directors. Dr. Sherer’s work with the Foundation began in 2003, when he received an MJFF grant to investigate the role of environmental factors in causing Parkinson’s. He joined the staff full time as Associate Director, Research Programs, in April 2004. He was promoted to Vice President, Research Programs in June 2006, and Chief Program Officer in November 2010. In addition to research funding, Dr. Sherer has led the Foundation’s efforts to define high-priority research areas — therapeutic targets and strategies that are closest or most critical to practical relevance in patients’ daily lives — and to strategically allocate funding to move projects in these areas closer to the clinic. He also has played major roles in the Foundation’s strategies to increase the pharmaceutical industry’s investment in Parkinson’s disease drug development and engage the patient community to encourage and expand participation in clinical research. Dr. Sherer is a member of the Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Action Network and participates in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders. Dr. Sherer joined the Foundation as a respected Parkinson’s disease bench researcher with over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia and a BS in Psychology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.