Research Centers

Research Centers

Through our Research Centers, the Parkinson's Foundation funds research with the goal of advancing the understanding and treatment of Parkinson's.
Through this program, the Parkinson's Foundation has designated four prestigious institutions:

  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • University of Florida in collaboration with Emory University
  • University of Michigan in collaboration with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Yale School of Medicine

To receive Foundation funding, Research Centers undertake a minimum of three interconnected PD research studies. Studies range from basic science (understanding the disease or how PD affects the brain) to applied science (solving real-life problems associated with PD) to clinical research in humans or a combination of these. Knowing that a breakthrough can happen at any time, 10 percent of funding is reserved for each center to jumpstart new projects or collaborations.

Each center collaboratively works to find new ways to treat and study Parkinson’s. Centers receive $500,000 per year for four years, totaling $2 million each.

Learn more about research we fund.


Sign Up for Our E-Newsletter

Get the latest news about PD research, resources and community initiatives – straight to your inbox.

Please enter a valid email

Skip step

Invalid year format. Eg: 2020
Skip step
Zip code is required for chapter communications
Skip step

*Please note that not all content is available in both languages. If you are interested in receiving Spanish communications, we recommend selecting “both" to stay best informed on the Foundation's work and the latest in PD news.

Skip step

Thanks for Signing Up

We are proud to have you as a part of our community. To ensure you receive the latest Parkinson’s news, research updates and more, please check your email for a message from us. If you do not see our email, it may be in your spam folder. Just mark as “not spam” and you should receive our emails as expected.

mail icon

Subscribe here to get the latest news on treatments, research and other updates.