Parkinson's Research

The OHSU Parkinson Center & 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 & 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.

Contact Information

Our research coordinators can answer all your questions about participating in a research study. Contact them directly at the numbers listed below.

OHSU Parkinson Center's Research Coordinators

Andrew Fraser
503 418-4387

Kellie Kenis
503 494-9531

Michael Fleming
503 346-0842

Current Research Studies

Clinical Research

Clinical Research is the only way we can evaluate how well new medications work. It also gives us a window into the basic causes and processes of the disease , your body's ability to process medications and how Parkinson's disturbs your body's movements.

Research also teaches us how to help people taking care of loved ones with Parkinson's disease and how healthcare providers can take better care of their patients. 

Current Studies