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Parkinson's Movement Disorders

At Duke, we are committed to advancing research in order to ultimately stamp out the burden of disease and suffering caused by neurological disorders. The division of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders serves as a focal point to unite and accelerate translational research efforts impacting movement disorders. Our partners are housed in a range of settings across the University and Health Center from basic science laboratories to the clinic.

Stages of research include early pipeline discoveries to clinical practice interventions. In partnership with the Duke Center for Neurodegeneration and Neurotherapeutics, we foster research by building community through research in progress meetings, invited guest speaker seminars, and symposia and providing pilot project funding. To keep up with the latest in research, please join our Newsletter email list here.

The Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center is a leading site for international, industry-sponsored, and multi-Center clinical trials. To learn about what clinical trials are being offered, please check our website here and when seeing your provider, please be sure to tell them about your interest in clinical trial participation.

Research Interests of Primary Faculty

N Bukhari Parlakturk

Noreen Bukhari-Parlakturk MD, PhD: Dystonia, transcranial magnetic stimulation

N Calakos

Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD: Basal ganglia circuit plasticity, dystonia, OCD, tourette's

J Cooney

Jeffrey Cooney, MD: Education and training, deep brain stimulation, Parkinson’s disease

S Mantri

Sneha Mantri, MD, MS: Exercise and lifestyle interventions, Parkinson’s disease, education

K Mitchell Kyle Mitchell, MD: Deep brain stimulation, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia
L Sanders

Laurie Sanders, PhD: Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial DNA damage, LRRK2


B Scott Burton Scott MD, PhD: Huntington’s disease

Research Interests by Topic

  • Parkinson’s Disease: Faculty affiliated with Parkinson's-related research efforts include: Cagla Eroglu, PhD, (Department of Cell Biology) Ornit Chiba-Falek, PhD, (Division of Translational Brain Sciences)  Laurie Sanders, PhD, (Division of Translational Brain Sciences), Sneha Mantri, MD, MS (Division of Parkinson's and Movement Disorders), Andrew West, PhD, (Department of Neurobiology,) Matt Scaglione, PhD, (Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology)  Rodger Liddle, PhD, (Department of Medicine) Mike Tadross, PhD, (Department of Biomedical Engineering) Marc Caron, PhD, (Department of Cell Biology) Tso-Pang Yao, PhD, (Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology) Audrey Dickey, PhD (Duke Center for Neurodegeneration and Neurotherapeutics)
  • Neuromodulation/Deep Brain Stimulation: Faculty affiliated with neuromodulation-related research efforts include: Dennis Turner, MD, PhD (Department of Neurosurgery), Warren Grill, PhD (Department of Biomedical Engineering) Jeff Cooney, MD, Kyle Mitchell, MD, and Noreen Bukhari-Parlakturk, MD, PhD.
  • Huntington’s Disease: Faculty affiliated with Huntington-related research efforts include: Al La Spada, MD, PhD Cagla Eroglu, MD, (Department of Cell Biology), and Audrey Dickey, PhD
  • Ataxias: Faculty affiliated with ataxia-related research efforts include: Al LaSpada, MD, PhD, and Sarah Goetz, PhD (Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology)
  • Dystonia: Faculty affiliated with dystonia-related research efforts include: Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD, and Noreen Bukhari-Parlakturk, MD, PhD.
  • Tourette’s: Faculty affiliated with Tourette-related research efforts include: Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD

Support Our Research

Your gift to the Movement Disorders Program Gift Fund will allow us to provide better care to those affected by movement disorders, investigate and develop new therapies, and train the next generation of movement disorders specialists. Click here to make a donation.