Centers for Advanced Research

APDA Centers for Advanced Research received $800,000 in funding in 2018.

The Centers support large research programs which include: research trainees; fellowship programs; early stage discovery programs and later stage clinical translation. These Centers facilitate research which is at the forefront investigations in the causes, treatments and ultimately finding the cure(s) for Parkinson’s disease.


University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine

David G. Standaert, MD, PhD, Director


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 6800 patient visits per year


Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Clemens Scherzer, MD, Director


APDA funding supports:

  • Studies that probe the biology of PD-causing genetic mutations
  • A biomarker discovery program using specimens from more than 2,700 participants
  • A drug discovery program that utilizes technologies such as stem cells and big data analytics
  • Approximately 2,200 patients visits each year


Emory University School of Medicine

Thomas Wichmann, MD, Interim Director


APDA funding supports:

  • Studies aimed at understanding the brain pathways involved in PD
  • Clinical trials investigating treatments for wearing off, hallucinations, low blood pressure, daytime sleepiness and dementia
  • An active DBS program and approximately 80-100 procedures performed per year
  • Approximately 14, patient visits per year


Boston University School of Medicine

Marie Hélène Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCP (C), Director


APDA funding supports:

  • Studies to identify potential PD biomarkers
  • Characterization of PD among various ethnic groups
  • Exercise intervention, wearable technology and attention training clinical trials
  • Approximately 4000 patient visits per year


Washington University School of Medicine

Joel S. Perlmutter, MD, Director


APDA funding supports:

  • Studies of genetic and environmental risk factors of PD
  • Drug development for neuroprotection in PD
  • An active DBS program with 75-100 procedures performed yearly
  • Approximately 6,500 patient visits each year


Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

M. Maral Mouradian, MD, Interim Director


APDA funding supports:

  • Studies of levodopa induced dyskinesias, DBS optimization and neuroprotection
  • Multiple clinical trials including ones for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • An active DBS program with 75-100 procedures performed per year
  • Approximately 4,200 patient visits per year


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD, Director


APDA funding supports:

  • Studies of molecular and biochemical causes of PD and the interaction between genetic and environmental factors in causing PD
  • Gene therapy clinical trials
  • An active DBS program with approximately 70 procedures performed per year
  • Approximately 3,000 patient visits per year

Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville

Dennis Dickson, MD, Director


APDA funding supports:

  • Studies to identify novel gene mutations that contribute to Parkinsonism
  • A range of clinical trials from gait in advanced PD to Lewy bodies of the gut
  • A very active DBS program with 75-100 procedures performed per year
  • Approximately 1,500 patients seen each year

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