Our Story

Two and a half decades ago, J. William Langston, MD and a dedicated group of Parkinson’s disease experts set out to create a better way to research and provide care for Parkinson’s.

We would go beyond your standard doctor-patient relationship. Patients would become partners in developing their care plans, improving their quality of life, and discovering new strategies to confront and manage their disease. Compassionate care would work hand in hand with cutting-edge research to seek answers, develop new therapies and treatments, and ultimately work toward a cure.

Our result was the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center based in Sunnyvale, California. Along the way we have built something that is thoroughly unique. Our Institute is a place where people living with Parkinson’s can both pursue their care and play an important role in research that will undoubtedly continue to change the landscape of Parkinson’s science and medicine. We’ve made some giant leaps, but our work is far from finished.

We are America’s only independent non-profit organization combining world-class care, clinical research, laboratory research, and clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease under one roof. By virtue of our design, we are uniquely equipped to provide the best care, accelerate promising science, and perhaps most important—integrate the two and everything in between. People living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones are at the center of all that we do.

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