About the 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 internationally recognized expertise and 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 Parkinson’s Foundation, Tourette Association of America, and the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
The PDCMDC, located on the 9th floor of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center at the McNair Campus, 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 therapeutic interventions. The PDCMDC is also world renowned for its basic and translational science research conducted at 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 1,000 peer-reviewed publications and 50 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.