APDA Center for Advanced Research at University of Alabama School of Medicine Receives Udall Center Designation

University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham, one of APDA’s Centers for Advanced Research, has recently been designated a Morris K Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research. The Udall Center Program is administered by the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and named in honor of Morris K Udall, a distinguished Congressman from Arizona who remained active in Congress for 12 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 1979. The Udall Center Program was created in 1997 and established a network of PD Research Centers that work collaboratively as well as independently towards defining the causes and improving the treatments of PD.

The new announcement brings the total number of Udall Centers to nine. Each is located at an academic institution across the country and conducts innovative PD research. To become a Udall Center, a Parkinson’s research center must submit a competitive application describing their current capabilities and their future research goals. Receiving Udall Center designation is a major achievement and we salute Dr. David Standaert, Director of Movement Disorders at University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham and Chairman of APDA’s Scientific Advisory Board.

The University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham joins Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Emory University which are also both Udall Centers and APDA Centers for Advanced Research. Other Udall Centers are: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Michigan and University of Minnesota.

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