Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's patient receiving treatment

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases, second only to Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that over 4 million individuals worldwide suffer from the disease, and based on current estimates of its incidence and our growing aging population, that figure will likely double by 2030. Prevalence in the U.S. alone is estimated at 10.9 per 100,000 persons, but may be even higher due to misdiagnosis.

Parkinson’s Disease Research at the CTRND

At the CTRND, we are ideally positioned to research and to develop the next generation of novel therapies for Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. We have close ties to the the neurology and neuroscience departments, as well as the Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration Program at the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health. Although drugs and therapies are the goal, critical work begins here in the lab and at the bench where researchers try to understand the pathological mechanisms of these devastating diseases. Here the key to these disorders will be found.

The CTRND aims to be at the forefront of Parkinson’s research with a primary goal of understanding the contribution of genes and the environment to Parkinson’s disease. A better understanding of these factors will hopefully lead to development of biomarkers to detect and to help tract disease progression and to the development of potential novel therapeutics.

CTRND Parkinson’s Disease Researchers

Paramita Chakrabarty
Department: Department of Neuroscience

Paramita Chakrabarty PhD

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7271
Matthew Farrer

Matthew Farrer PhD

Lauren And Lee Fixel Chair, Professor Of Neurology, Director Of Clinical Genomics Program At UF Clinical And Translational Science Institute
Phone: (352) 273-5611
Benoit Giasson
Department: Department of Neuroscience

Benoit Giasson

Professor, Graduate Co-Coordinator Neuroscience Graduate Program
Phone: (352) 273-9363
Malú Gámez Tansey
Department: Department of Neuroscience

Malú Gámez Tansey

Norman And Susan Fixel Professor Of Neuroscience And Neurology, Director, Parkinson’s Foundation Research Center Of Excellence At UF
Phone: (352) 294-4096
Matthew J LaVoie

Matthew J LaVoie PhD

Director, Center Of Translational Research In Neurodegenerative Disease
Phone: (352) 273-5579
Yuqing Li

Yuqing Li PhD

Professor Of Neurology
Phone: (352) 273-6546
Nikolaus McFarland

Nikolaus McFarland MD, PhD

Associate Professor Of Neurology, Wright/Falls/Simmons Professorship In PSP And Atypical Parkinsonism, Director UF HDSA Center Of Excellence
Phone: (352) 294-5400
Mark S Moehle

Mark S Moehle

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5571