Research

Collaboration is the cornerstone of research at the Center for the Study of Parkinson's Disease. Solving the complex issues of Parkinson's demands innovative approaches that combine expertise across many disciplines. Basic research allows us to pinpoint the mechanisms that ultimately lead to dysfunction and degeneration of dopaminergic neurons and Parkinson's disease, and enable us to design and test targetted treatments to address the many unmet needs of patients. 

For over a decade, our research efforts have been recognized  with a number of Collaborative Center and individual grants probing questions such as:

  •  What is the role of genes in Parkinson's? Are there environmental factors that can contribute to developing Parkinson's?
  •  Are there protective factors, either genetic or environmental, that can prevent or delay the onset of Parkinson's?
  •  How do we evaluate new therapies to effectively address the many symptoms not addressed by current medications?
  •  How do we stop or slow down the progression of disease?
  •  Can we diagnose Parkinson's earlier so that therapeutic interventions can begin before the progression of symptoms?

The multi-level, cutting-edge research at the UCLA CSPD  will help answer these and many more questions, and bring us closer to helping patients lead longer, healthier lives.