Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Movement Disorders

As part of the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology, the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center supports the educational, research, and patient care activities of the department related to Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, ataxia, and other movement disorders.

Education

The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center is a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. The Center is nationally-recognized for their extensive educational programming for patients, families, healthcare providers, and the community at large. Additionally, the Center routinely hosts and participates in a number of symposia, fairs and events related to movement disorders, all featuring leading experts in the field.

The Center also sponsors a fellowship in movement disorders, and Center physicians and faculty mentor residents and students.

Research

Center research efforts are driven by the diverse interests of our faculty, who are engaged in basic science research, clinical trials, and patient outcomes-centered quality of life studies. Additionally, the center is world-recognized in its translational research, which is aimed at the development of novel neuroprotective treatment options in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Tanya Simuni, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, was recently awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to conduct a multicenter study to test the efficacy of the drug isradipine to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Simuni will conduct this study in direct collaboration with  Dr. D. James Surmeier, chair of Northwestern’s Department of Physiology and director of the NIH-funded Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research, both of whom are well-versed in "bench to bedside" research.

Patient Care

Patient care is of the utmost importance at the center and is the driving force behind all of the activities that take place. Through our Northwestern Medicine clinical center, our members provide nationally-recognized, state-of-the-art care to patients and families affected by Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Wilson’s Disease, and other movement disorders using current and innovative strategies.

Services include providing information to promote health and well-being, education, and support for patients, caregivers, and loved ones. In addition to movement disorders physicians and faculty, the Center is staffed by a social worker who provides case management to patients, families, and groups.

Meet Our Faculty

Access movement disorders faculty bios to learn more about their work within this specialty.