About the Penn Udall Center

Welcome from the DirectorParkinson's disease studies at Penn

On behalf of our Penn Udall Center Team, welcome to the Penn Udall Center for Parkinson’s Research website. Parkinson’s disease is not a new avenue of research here at Penn. For many years, a dedicated group of researchers and clinicians have been on the frontlines treating patients or in the lab exploring the basic science behind this devastating disease.

Penn Udall Center for Parkinson's Research Public Health StatementAs a Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center of Excellence from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), we here at Penn are among 11 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 us 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).

The impact the additional resources the Udall Center designation will have in terms of advancing what we as smaller units within Penn have been working on with regards to Parkinson’s is tremendous. Additionally, the Udall Center resources permits us to bring new minds and theories to our research programs.

Some facts on Parkinson's diseaseHere at the Penn Udall Center, our focus is 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.

This website serves as our communication link - to the Penn community and to the Parkinson’s community - offering additional information on our research efforts, educational programs, and clinical studies. Links are provided to connect you with the other universities with Udall Centers, with research and advocacy organizations, support groups, and other related materials. To stay updated on our findings and research news, visit our news page. We invite you to check back frequently and let us know, via email, if there is any material that should be included for the benefit of others.

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