Parkinson's Disease Research

Parkinson's Research

The OHSU Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders Program has a long history of research committed to improving the lives of people who have Parkinson's disease (PD) and other movement disorders.

Our goal is to:

  • Find a cure
  • Delay progress of Parkinson's disease
  • Relieve or reduce disability
  • Find new treatments
  • Improve quality of life

The National Parkinson's Foundation named the The OHSU Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders Program as a Center of Excellence. Our current PD research focuses on the following areas:

  • Neuroprotection and neuroregeneration
  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Effects of medication on brain chemistry
  • New drug therapies
  • Genetics
  • Balance and gait
  • Impact of PD on friends, family and caregivers
  • Exercise
  • Early detection of PD
  • Biomarkers
  • Basic science work to understand chemical changes in the brain in PD. Therapies for other movement disorders including Huntington's disease, dystonia, restless legs syndrome, and other more rare diseases.

How can you get involved?

Research at the OHSU Parkinson Center is exploring exciting possibilities. You can help our effort to eventually cure this disease by:

Participating in our research.  Learn more about our research volunteer help center

Supporting our research financially. Learn more about making a gift to the OHSU Parkinson Center.