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Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers


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Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers



PADRECC LogoVA Establishes Six Parkinson’s Disease Centers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) took a major step toward improving patient care and pursuing a cure for Parkinson’s disease by establishing six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers (PADRECCs).

Operating as a national consortium, each PADRECC conducts research covering basic biomedicine, rehabilitation, health services delivery, and clinical trials.  Each is participating in a landmark clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of surgical implantation of deep brain stimulators in reducing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a serious health problem in the United States.  It is estimated that up to 1.5 million Americans have the disease and that approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.  VA medical centers treat at least 40,000 Parkinson’s disease patients every year.

Parkinson’s disease, one of the more common neurological diseases, is slowly progressive and caused by degeneration of brain cells in a region of the midbrain that produces the neurotransmitter dopamine.  Symptoms include tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness of limbs, and problems with gait and balance.  At present there is no cure, but treatments do exist and are available.


National PADRECC Coordination: 
Dawn McHale,  Philadelphia VAMC,

Phone: 215-823-5800 ext. 2238
Lori Anzaldo, San Francisco VAMC,
Phone: 415-221-4810 ext. 2485  

Director, Eugene C. Lai, MD, PhD
Phone: 713-794-7841

Richmond (Southeast) PADRECC
[Acting] Director, Mark Baron, MD
Phone: 804-675-5931 or 800-784-8381 ext. 5931


Philadelphia PADRECC
Director, Matthew B. Stern, MD
Phone: 888-959-2323

San Francisco PADRECC
Director, William J. Marks, Jr., MD
Phone: 415-379-5530



Portland/Seattle (Northwest) PADRECC
Director, John G. Nutt, MD
Phone: 503-721-1091

West Los Angeles (Southwest) PADRECC
Director, Jeff Bronstein, MD, PhD
Phone: 310-268-3975

National VA Parkinson's Disease Consortium
Rebecca Martine, APRN, CS, BC,  Chair


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