The Morris K. Udall Center of Excellent for Parkinson’s Disease
The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is to reduce the burden of neurological disease—a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, and by people all over the world. As a part of this mission, the NINDS supports basic, translational and clinical research on Parkinson’s disease (PD), a devastating and complex neurodegenerative disorder that progressively impairs the control of purposeful movement. The Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence Program continues to forge a strong and innovative path in PD research. These Centers carry out important research on PD, including the identification and characterization of candidate and disease-associated genes, examination of neurobiological mechanisms, establishment of improved PD models, development and testing of potential therapeutics, and novel avenues of clinical research. Visit the website.
Northwestern University Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center
The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center has been part of the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurological Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine since 2000. In the setting of a leading academic medical center the mission of the Center is to provide innovative, multidisciplinary care for patients and families affected by PD and other movement disorders; to educate and support patients, caregivers, family members, health care providers and community at large; and to conduct research to extend the knowledge and treatment of movement disorders. Visit the website.
Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine
Affiliated with Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, the Les Turner/Lois Insolia ALS Center was established in 1986 with funds from the James V. Insolia family and the Les Turner ALS Foundation. The Center is dedicated to total care of people and families with ALS. We employ a multidisciplinary team approach in which specially trained personnel provide diagnostic, rehabilitative and supportive services. Some of the more specialized services offered include assistive communication devices, mobility assistance, patient resource guide to ALS, instructional videos about breathing assistance and adaptive devices and free parking for patients during their appointment and clinical trials. Visit the website.
Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Over 50 researchers and clinicians in 14 departments contribute to the mission of the CNADC which is: 1) To provide the highest quality clinical care; i.e., diagnostic evaluation and treatment for patients and families; 2) To conduct research on how the brain coordinates mental functions, such as memory, language, and emotion; 3) To transfer the benefits of research to afflicted patients; and 4) To train researchers and clinicians to work in this field. Visit the website.