Today is Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Department of

Neurology & Rehabilitation Medicine 

Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders Division

The Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders Division works through the UC Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders within the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute. 
Physician experts and scientists in this division are nationally recognized and are at the cutting edge in finding and applying new and exciting treatments in movement disorders. This same group is very active in training the next generation of neurologists and movement disorders specialists. 

There are many different types of movement disorders, ranging from the more common like Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, to rare inherited conditions like spinocerebellar ataxia. Some of the more common movement disorders include: 

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Essential Tremor
  • Dystonia 
  • Huntington’s disease 
  • Balance Disorders
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Corticobasal Degeneration
  • Multiple System Atrophy


Academic Overview

The faculty of the Movement Disorders Division are very active in training the next generation of neurologists and movement disorders specialists. Medical students and even high school students routinely rotate with our physicians in the clinic to gain exposure to the field. 

During their residency training, neurology residents work closely with the division in the specialty clinics elective as well as dedicated movement disorders rotations. 

The division offers a Movement Disorders fellowship, an intensive training program in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and related disorders as well as in the comprehensive and multidisciplinary care of patients with movement disorders.

Areas of Expertise

Division faculty are experts in:

  • Ataxia
  • Chorea
  • Dyskinesia
  • Dystonia
  • Essential Tremor
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Myoclonus
  • Parkinson’s disease and atypical parkinsonisms
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Tics
  • Tremors

Research Activity

The UC Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, directed by Alberto Espay, MD, has one of the most active neurosurgical programs for Parkinson’s disease. 

The center has a busy clinical research program that includes seven full-time adult neurology faculty, (five adult and two pediatric), an active neurosurgical program headed by George Mandybur, MD, and from one to four fellows training in movement disorders.

UC, along with Stanford University, was the first national Davis Phinney Research Center. Our scientists work in animal and cell culture models of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders and are mapping out some of the most exciting new potential cell and growth factor therapies for Parkinson’s disease.

Clinical research at the UC Gardner Center is both investigator-initiated and industry collaborations, with funding sources including the NIH, Michael J. Fox Foundation, and many others. A well-funded, active clinical research program in pediatric movement disorders focusing on Tourette’s and other movement disorders of childhood is another unique part of our program. 


Alberto Espay, MD, MSc