Welcome to the APDA Alabama Resource Page

APDA Resources in Alabama

The APDA works tirelessly every day to support and empower those in our community who are impacted by Parkinson disease (PD). We promote hope and optimism through innovative services, programs, education, and support while also funding vital research. We are here to help you and your loved ones every step of the way. The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine is one of eight Udall Centers for Advanced Parkinson Disease Research and hosts the Information and Referral Center for the state of Alabama and surrounding regions.

Information and Referral Center at University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Parkinson Disease Information and Referral Center, located at University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Neurology was established by the American Parkinson Disease Association in 1978. This center serves as a resource for those with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones as well as healthcare providers. Patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and the greater community can receive support regardless of their affiliation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

Services provided by the Alabama APDA Information and Referral Center include:

  • A telephone helpline (205.934.9100) and email support, apdaal@uabmc.edu
  • Educational programs and resources
  • Comprehensive resource and referral network
    • Movement Disorder Specialists
    • Therapeutic network and referrals (Physical, Occupational and Speech)
    • Support group programming assistance and referrals
    • Exercise and wellness class referrals
    • Access to research and open clinical trials
  • Training and support for healthcare providers
  • Collaboration with community stakeholders for awareness and education
  • Resources for care partners

APDA Center for Advanced Research

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine is one of eight APDA Centers for Advanced Research led by Dr. David Standaert, John N. Whitaker Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology as well as Chairman of APDA’s Scientific Advisory Board. APDA funding supports:.

  • Studies of neuroinflammation, protein aggregation and oxidative stress in PD as well as the role of the microbiome
  • Multiple clinical trials including those testing novel drugs, DBS techniques and exercise intervention
  • An active DBS program with approximately 150 procedures performed per year
  • Approximately 6,800 patient visits per year

Meet Your Alabama APDA Team

Medical Director
Dr. David G. Standaert, MD, PhD, Director

Program Coordinator
Laura Lieb, CRNP, MPH, Alabama APDA Coordinator

Program Coordinator
Brooklyn White, Alabama APDA Coordinator


The APDA Information and Referral Center and Advanced Center of Research is located at the Spark Center on the UAB campus. Patients will schedule clinical appointments with their providers at The Kirklin Clinic and be given access to all materials at that time. Materials can also be emailed or mailed upon request.

Mailing Address

UAB Department of Neurology
1720 7th Avenue South
Sparks Center 360B
Birmingham, AL 35233


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