Dopamine neurons (IMAGE) Picower Institute at MIT Caption Dopamine producing neurons in the brain's substantia nigra are especially vulnerable in Parkinson's disease. Myriam Heiman's lab will conduct a sweeping screen to look for genes that help promote neuron survival amid the disease. Credit Preston Ge/MIT Picower Institute Usage Restrictions with credit License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.