Research at the Parkinson’s Institute involves a multidisciplinary and interactive approach toward the overall goal of understanding the natural history of Parkinson’s disease (as well as related neurological disorders), finding its cause and developing better treatments. Specific lines of inquiry into the cause, cure and prevention of the disease are more effectively pursued through (i) the coordinated efforts of investigators with different scientific background and expertise (e.g. molecular biology, pharmacology and toxicology), and (ii) the use of state-of-the-art experimental tools at the molecular, cellular and whole organism levels. The close interaction between our scientists and clinicians provides a direct mechanism for translational laboratory-to-patient research.
|Patient-Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Disease Modeling|
Recent groundbreaking discoveries allow us to transduce adult human skin cells with specific genes to generate cells that exhibit characteristics of embryonic stem cells.
The Basic Research department at the Parkinson's Institute is involved in many investigative projects. We invite you to read about these projects to learn about our research.