Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physiology

Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is home to one of 9 National Institutes of Health Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research (Udall Center). The Udall Center program was developed in honor of former U.S. Congressman Morris K. Udall of Arizona, who fought a long battle with the disease. Headed by D. James Surmeier, PhD, Nathan Smith Davis Professor and Chair of Physiology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Center’s research program employs state-of-the-art electrophysiological, molecular, optical, computational, and transgenic approaches to investigate the pathophysiology of the basal ganglia and the vulnerability of neurons that die in Parkinson’s disease. Through a better understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the disease, Udall Center at Northwestern University aim at developing new therapies that normalize the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder associated with aging. Symptoms include tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity and postural instability. Although several brain regions are affected in Parkinson’s disease, the most devastating effects are in the basal ganglia, a group of brain structures linked to control of movement and learning.

Learn more about the Udall Center at Northwestern University.