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Our research efforts are dedicated to advancing the knowledge on Movement Disorders and improving the care for the affected individuals and their loved ones. Through our research, we strive to identify the most effective interventions and continue the progress toward an eventual cure for these disorders.

Our main focus is directed to:

  • Improve the understanding of the wide variety of motor and non-motor symptoms
  • Determine the causes and mechanisms leading to development of these diseases
  • Refine and develop symptomatic and biologic interventions


UC San Diego Health is a hub for translational medicine, which is the delivery of scientific breakthroughs to patient care through clinical trials. Clinical trials may offer participants early access to treatments that will one day re-define the standard of care.

Choosing to participate in clinical research is an important personal decision. There are many educational resources available to learn more about what it means to participate in research, and it may be helpful to discuss your decision with your physician or family members.

Please remember that excellent patient care is always available at UC San Diego Health, whether you choose to participate in a clinical trial or receive standard treatment. The decision to enter a clinical trial is always up to you.

For more information about clinical trials and your rights, see the following online resources:

Understanding Parkinson's: Getting Involved In Research

Explore our current research opportunities for different Movement Disorders on the Menu to the left. For a study you’re interested in, please contact the research staff listed below the study to learn more. If you would like to be updated about future research opportunities, please sign up to receive notifications about our upcoming studies:


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Brain Donation

Did you know there is a shortage of brain tissue for research in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders? Assessing brain tissues gives researchers the ability to provide a definite diagnosis and examine the causes and treatments. Please visit our Brain Bank link here to read more.