With the designation of the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center of Excellence from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Penn joins 14 Udall Centers at universities across the U.S., each actively investigating Parkinson’s or a specific aspect of Parkinson’s disease.
The NINDS funding allows Penn to unite the many talented clinicians and researchers engaged in Parkinson’s research under one coordinated roof – pulling from the Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center (PD&MC), part of the Penn Neurological Institute at Pennsylvania Hospital; the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education & Clinical Center at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center (PADRECC); the Institute on Aging (IOA), and the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR).
Penn Udall Center's Focus
The mission of the Penn Udall Center for Parkinson’s Research is to conduct multidisciplinary clinical, translational and basic research that improves understanding of and develops better treatments for patients with Parkinson’s disease, including those with cognitive impairments, and to educate the public and professional health care providers about all aspects of Parkinson’s disease.
The special focus at the Penn Udall Center will be on elucidating or clarifying the mechanisms of brain degeneration in patients with Parkinson’s disease, especially those underlying and poorly understood neuropsychiatric impairments that result. By examining Parkinson's and dementia more closely, researchers at the Penn Udall Center hope to gain a better understanding of why some individuals with Parkinson’s disease develop dementia while others do not.
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