Parkinson's Disease Center
and Movement Disorders Clinic
The Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine has long been recognized as one of the world's leading clinical and research institutions with primary focus on Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.
The PDCMDC, founded in 1977 by Joseph Jankovic, M.D., provides an unparalleled setting for expert and compassionate care, research and education, with the ultimate goal of finding the cause and cure for neurodegenerative and movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy and other atypical parkinsonian disorders as well as hyperkinetic disorders such as tremors, dystonia, tics and Tourette syndrome, chorea and Huntington disease, Wilson disease, myoclonus, tardive dyskinesia, restless legs syndrome, ataxia, spasticity and a variety of disorders of motor control.
Patients are referred to the PDCMDC from all over the world because of cutting-edge, innovative therapeutic approaches, including novel pharmacotherapy, botulinum toxin injections, deep brain stimulation and other surgical treatments, and personalized treatments tailored to the patient's specific needs.
Our highly regarded movement disorders fellowship program has trained numerous physicians and researchers, many of whom have become internationally recognized leaders in the field of movement disorders. The clinic's 12,000 patient visits per year and a database of more than 35,000 individual patients and videos provide a powerful resource for effective recruitment into clinical trials and other research studies. The PDCMDC has been recognized as the Center of Excellence by the National Parkinson Foundation and the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
The PDCMDC, located on the 18th floor of the Smith Tower, includes academic, clinical, laboratory, and administrative facilities, as well as the Experimental Therapeutics Center, which provides a setting for clinical research into novel medical and surgical therapeuties. The PDCMDC is also world renowned for its basic and translational science research, conducted at the Parkinson's Disease Research Laboratory at the Neurosensory Center and the Laboratory for Integrative Functional Genomics in the Duncan Neurological Research Institute. The clinical findings and scientific discoveries at the PDCMDC have resulted in over a thousand peer-reviewed publications and fifty different books. The location of the PDCMDC in the hub of the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical complex, allows for easy access to many other clinical and research facilities and fosters fruitful collaboration with scientists at Baylor and at other clinical and research institutions.
The primary missions of the PDCMDC are to:
- Provide the most professional and compassionate patient care;
- Initiate and conduct clinical and basic research which upholds the highest scientific standards;
- Train physicians and other health care professionals to become skilled in the recognition and treatment of Parkinson's and other movement disorders and to inspire them to pursue basic or clinical research in the area of movement and neurodegenerative disorders.
Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic
Department of Neurology
Baylor College of Medicine
Smith Tower, 18th Floor
6550 Fannin, Suite 1801
Houston, Texas 77030