What Sets Us Apart

Our Parkinson's Disease & Movement Disorders (PDMD) experts work with you to enhance your abilities and well-being through integrative & innovative care. Learn how we redefine outcomes.

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Parkinson's Disease &Movement Disorders Program

Our PDMD experts team with you to enhance your abilities and well-being through integrative and innovative care. Across all stages of the disease, we provide a holistic and science-driven approach to providing care.

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PDMD Research

Our program offers a wide range of research opportunities for the motor, cognitive, behavioral and emotional aspects of PDMD.

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Educational Opportunities with the AbilityLab PDMD Program

Education & Community Outreach

Providing education for our patients and families is an essential part of our mission. Our PDMD team offers a wide variety of educational opportunities and events.

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How We Heal

Every person with Parkinson’s disease or a movement disorder has unique medical and therapeutic needs. Our doctors, therapists and scientists collaborate using the most advanced medical research and technology to facilitate the best outcomes.

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Nerve, Muscle & Bone Innovation Center

For over 60 years, we’ve been recognized for the depth of our expertise with conditions affecting the nerves, muscles, bones and joints in adults and children.

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Legs + Walking Lab

The Margaret & Mark Stephan Legs + Walking Lab is designed for patients and research participants with diagnoses affecting lower-body function due to brain or spinal cord injury and diseases of the nerves, muscles and bones. Researchers and clinicians focus on advancing trunk, pelvic and leg function, movement, coordination, strength and balance.

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Arms + Hands Lab

The two-story Harris Family Foundation Arms + Hands Lab is a robust environment designed for patients and research participants working on recovering and strengthening complex hand and reaching skills — turning a key, picking up a pen, reaching for a glass, putting on a sweater…all the many things we do with our hands, arms and fingers.

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Strength + Endurance Lab

Designed for patients and research participants working on building stamina and resilience, the Nancy W. Knowles Strength + Endurance Lab is where therapy is targeted to improve complex motor and endurance activities, coordination and higher-level activities of daily living (cooking, dressing, gardening, sports).

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Think + Speak Lab

Recovering the ability to think, reason, perceive, swallow, eat, talk, interact with others and make decisions are key for returning to yourself, loved ones and life. In this Lab, combined therapeutic care and scientific application help you recover these building blocks of ability.

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Pediatric Lab

Pediatric patients (inpatient and outpatient) work with doctors, researchers and therapists in this kid-customized Grainger Pediatric Lab, scaled for smaller bodies, developing brains and appealing to young imaginations. 

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Meet our specialists helping people with conditions or neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, that affect movement and other abilities.

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Science-Driven Care

With more than 350 clinical studies under way, we offer you access to the world’s most advanced research, which can directly impact your outcome. The pursuit of new therapies may include application of technology, biological materials and pharmacological therapies specific to neural action.

Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory

At the Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory, the goal of our research is to develop improved intervention strategies for gait rehabilitation. Led by P.I. Dr. Jose Pons PhD.

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Clinical Trials & Research Studies