Recognizing that collaboration is key to merging clinical and research expertise, in 2009 the Foundation established its first Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. To learn more about our Centers of Excellence click here.
Building on the success of this model, the Foundation launched three new Centers of Excellence in 2013 at: the University of Alabama at Birmingham; the University of California, San Francisco; and the University of Florida. These new centers were established with grants of $400,000 each from the Foundation and have secured matching funds to ensure that they will be self-sustaining. The centers bring together multidisciplinary teams to provide dystonia and Parkinson’s patients with complete, coordinated care in a single location.
In 2014, the Centers each received an additional award of $75,000 to undertake a collaborative study on the responsiveness of dystonia patients to DBS. The study will characterize patients with isolated forms of dystonia and collect DNA and clinical data that will enable researchers to better predict patient outcomes for treatment with DBS.