Clinical Research Introduction

With the help and cooperation of people in communities worldwide, our work in the Clinical Research department is focused on identifying risk factors, detecting disease in the community and advancing an understanding of the causes of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. We are currently conducting many studies that may eventually lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease and other related disorders.

Studies on the Causes of Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders

The ability to recognize shared features such as age, gender, occupation, area of residence, exposure to certain chemicals, and family history among persons with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders will bring us closer to understanding what causes these devastating illnesses.  >> More

Surveillance and Early Detection

The majority of research has focused on Parkinson’s disease after its symptoms are already present. However, there is increasing concern that at this relatively advanced state of the disease, neurologic damage may already be permanent.   >> More

Studies on the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders

Clinical trials are the vital step in verifying drug effects in humans, and are therefore very beneficial to the scientific community, individual study patients, and the medical world in general.  >> More


Andres Alvarez-Pinzon, MD, PhD

Director, Clinical Research & Clinical studies

Dr. Alvarez-Pinzon has devoted his career to developing and providing rigorous, comprehensive, and compassionate care to those with Neurological Disorders. Dr. Alvarez-Pinzon has diverse experience of working in the clinical and Biotech research arena and has worked in Academic and global pharmaceutical firms in different roles. He contributed to the establishment and growth of the Neurosciences Clinical research Department for Miami Neurosciences Center at Larkin, South Miami, Fl. During this time, Dr. Alvarez-Pinzon served as a Clinical Research Fellow for Neuro-Oncology and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Clinical studies for Larking Community Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Florida.

He joined the Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center in 2017 after spending 3 years on the Faculty of the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences at South University. He spent a two-year working as a Lead for Neurosciences Clinical Research for the Movement Disorders Center, Memory Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center in Tenet Florida Region. While there, he contributed to many clinical studies for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Vascular Neurology trials. He has provided consultation or authored publications for many neurological and neurosciences peer review journals, including the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). He is a recipient of an American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons 2016 (AANOS) award. The President of Colombia recognized Dr. Alvarez-Pinzon in 2016 for his resolute efforts to provide the best quality of care for patients with neurological disorders and be an exemplary scientific and physician representing for Colombia worldwide.

Dr. Alvarez-Pinzon is a summa cum laude graduate of University El Bosque, Colombia, where he also obtained his MD and MS degrees. He completed his Internship and Medical visitor training program in Neurology at Universita Biomedico Di Roma, Rome, Italy and a PhD training program in Neurosciences/Neuroplasticity at the University of Salamanca, Spain. He accomplished a Clinical Research fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida and Neurological Surgery Research Fellowship at Miami Neurosciences Center. His passion for healthcare and life sciences innovation pushed him to pursue an Executive Master Program in Health Care Administration from Florida Atlantic University and an MSc in Biotechnology & Biotech Enterprise at Johns Hopkins University focusing on healthcare management and Translational Medicine.

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