Director's Message

Since its inception in 1997, the mission of the Center for the Study of Parkinson’s Disease has been to conduct basic and translational research which paves the way for innovative and effective treatments for Parkinson’s patients – treatments that aim at halting or reversing the degenerative process at the earliest stages of disease.

We are entering a promising new stage of Parkinson’s research. Based upon detailed information gathered from our ongoing long-term studies of a large group of patients, we continue to discover important clues about the complex interactions of genes and environment, and their role in disease etiology and progression. Taking these data into the laboratory, we are mapping out the underlying pathways and processes within and outside the central nervous system involved in the progressive dysfunction and degeneration. Thanks to advanced genetic modeling of the disease, we can connect anatomical, electrophysiological, and chemical changes in the brain to functional and behavioral outcomes. And all of these insights enable us to pinpoint new and promising drug targets, and to thoroughly evaluate the next generation of treatments addressing the many motor and non-motor challenges of Parkinson's disease.

 We invite you to explore this website and learn more about our collaborative research projects and educational programs.