Clinical Research

The Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Boston University Medical Campus has a long established clinical research program. Research is ongoing and includes observational and interventional research in pharmacology and rehabilitation.

Clinical research staff includes four board-certified neurologists with specialty training in movement disorders, three nurse specialists, two research assistants, and one regulatory manager. Staff are members of the Parkinson Study Group and Huntington’s Study Group.  The Center is designated an American Parkinson Disease Association Center for Advanced Research.

Imaging specific to Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders including MRI, CT, and SPECT, are available at Boston University Medical Center.  Boston Medical Center is certified in DaTScan. The facility supports the collection of laboratory samples including routine labs, pharmacokinetics, and DNA collection and storage.

Collaborative and Complementary Research at Boston University

Complementary research programs exist in neurogenetics (Richard Myers, PhD), pharmacology (Ben Wolozin, MD, PhD), psychology (Alice Cronin-Golumb), and rehabilitation, Sargent College (Terry Ellis, PhD).

An annual PD Forum is held for Boston University faculty and staff.

For additional information, contact Marie Saint-Hilaire, MD, FRCPC, at

January 11, 2017
Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine