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: MD-NEUROSCIENCE-GENERAL

Paramita Chakrabarty

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 273-7271
Matthew Farrer
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-MOVEMENT DISORDER

Matthew Farrer

Program Director & Professor
Phone: (352) 273-5611
Benoit Giasson
Department: MD-NEUROSCIENCE-GENERAL

Benoit Giasson

Professor, Graduate Co-Coordinator Neuroscience Graduate Program
Phone: (352) 273-9363
Todd E Golde
Department: MD-NEUROSCIENCE-GENERAL

Todd E Golde

Professor, Director McKnight Brain Institute
Phone: (352) 273-9456
Malú Gámez Tansey
Department: MD-NEUROSCIENCE-GENERAL

Malú Gámez Tansey

Norman and Susan Fixel Professor of Neuroscience and Neurology, Co-Director Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease and the Parkinson’s Foundation Research Center
Phone: (352) 294-4096
Matthew J LaVoie
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-MOVEMENT DISORDER

Matthew J LaVoie PhD

Fixel Family Professor Of Neurology, Co-Director Center Of Translational Research In Neurodegenerative Disease, Associate Chair For Research-Neurology
Phone: (352) 273-5579
Yona R Levites
Department: MD-NEUROSCIENCE-GENERAL

Yona R Levites

Research Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-9660
Yuqing Li
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-MOVEMENT DISORDER

Yuqing Li PhD

Professor Of Neurology
Phone: (352) 273-6546
Nick McFarland
Department: MD-NEUROLOGY-MOVEMENT DISORDER

Nick McFarland MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-5550
Mark S Moehle
Department: MD-PHARMACOLOGY / THERAPEUTICS

Mark S Moehle

Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5571
Yong Ran
Department: MD-NEUROSCIENCE-GENERAL

Yong Ran

Research Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 273-9690