Research Centers

Through its Research Centers, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) provides funding to select research groups that have long and distinguished track records of, and commitment to, understanding Parkinson’s. Research Centers are based on the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. These grants allow a strong group of talented scientists, working on different but related Parkinson’s projects, the flexibility to collaborate with one another and tie their work together.

Through this program, PDF invests in movement disorders centers at three prestigious institutions:

  • Columbia University Medical Center (New York, NY)
  • Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL)
  • Weill Cornell Medical Center (New York, NY)

In funding centers, PDF looks for innovative, pioneering work that advances the understanding and treatment of Parkinson's disease. Our investment at these three centers covers the spectrum of Parkinson’s research: basic, translational and clinical. Parkinson's Research Centers are funded based on continuing excellent performance, accredited by peer review from the Scientific Advisory Committee.

In the current fiscal year, the Research Center program will account for about $2.36 million — more than 50 percent of our total research budget.

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