Parkinson's Disease Research

26 scientists, 16, grants, 5 breakthroughs, 4 research labs, and 30 publications annually

Research committed to improving lives

The OHSU Parkinson Center and 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 goals are to:

  • Find a cure
  • Delay progress of Parkinson's disease
  • Relieve or reduce disability
  • Find new treatments
  • Improve quality of life

Be a part of a study

Clinical research gives us a window into the basic causes and processes of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders. Through research, we discover more about 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. 

View current studies

Current research 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.


Read about OHSU Parkisnson's research breakthroughs