About the Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic
The Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic in the Department of Neurology, located in the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on 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 Parkinson's Disease Center is also world renown for its basic and translational science research, conducted at the Parkinson's Disease Research Laboratory at the Neurosensory Center. The clinical findings and scientific discoveries at the Parkinson's Disease Center and the PDRL have resulted in over 1,000 peer-reviewed publications and 50 different books. The location of the Parkinson's Disease Center and the PDRL 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 Parkinson's Disease Center 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 healthcare professionals to become skilled in the recognition and treatment of Parkinson's and other movement disorders.
- Inspire physicians and other healthcare professionals to pursue basic or clinical research in the area of movement and neurodegenerative disorders.
Members of the Parkinson's Disease Center have donated their time and expertise in a number of community events designed to increase public awareness about movement disorders. In addition to the annual Huntington's Disease Society of America run/walk, members of the Parkinson's Disease Center have participated in the Tourette Camp sponsored by the Texas Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Association, in the Sol and Miriam Rogers Golf Tournament held annually in Beaumont, and in the ¡Vive tu Vida! Community Health Fair sponsored by the Houston Hispanic Health Coalition, part of our outreach activities for the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.
Members of the Parkinson's Disease Center staff work regularly with the Houston Area Parkinson Society and other local Parkinson's disease support groups on educational events and support group meetings to help patients and families cope with their diagnosis. Additionally, faculty and staff work in partnership with the Parkinson Disease Foundation on their PAIR program (Parkinson's Advocates in Research), educating patients and caregivers about the importance of clinical trials participation in advancing treatment for Parkinson's disease and establishing a network of advocates for clinical research across the U.S.
Faculty and staff from the Parkinson's Disease Center came out to support the 6th Annual HDSA Houston Area Run/Walk "Walking for A Cure - Team Hope" for the Huntington Disease Society of America, Texas Affiliate.