Parkinson's Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest single funder of Parkinson’s disease research in the world.  According to NIH, in Fiscal Year 2013, the agency funded approximately $135 million in Parkinson's research.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at NIH conducts and supports Parkinson’s research in laboratories at the NIH and through grants to major medical institutions across the country.   NINDS supports a broad spectrum of basic, translational, and clinical research on Parkinson’s disease in the hopes of advancing understanding, treatments, and a cure of Parkinson’s.

Current research funded by NINDS includes:

  • Developing better animal models to study how Parkinson’s progresses and to develop new drug therapies
  • Studying environmental factors, such as toxins
  • Studying genetic factors
  • Improving disease diagnosis and current treatment options
  • Developing neuroprotective drugs that can delay, prevent, or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s disease

Learn more by visiting the NINDS Parkinson’s Web page.

Finding Parkinson’s Research in Your State or Community

Academic and medical institutions across the country are conducting research on Parkinson’s disease.  Through the urging of disease advocacy groups like the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN), the NIH has developed a searchable database system that allows the public to access reports, data, and analysis on the research currently being conducted by the NIH. 

The Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool, also known as the RePORT system, allows you to search by a variety of search queries, including Keywords (ex: Parkinson’s), State, Congressional District, Institute, Principal Investigator, and many more.  This is an invaluable tool for people interested in learning about the research conducted by NIH in their community, state, and around the U.S. 

To access the RePORT system, click here.