UF Health Progressive Supranuclear Palsy & Atypical Parkinsonism Center of Care Clinic

UF Health Progressive Supranuclear Palsy & Atypical Parkinsonism Center of Care Clinic

In response to a critical need for care and research in this area our group decided in 2010 to pull together existing resources and to push forward toward a Center of Excellence for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy & Atypical Parkinsonian Disorders. The Center is now recognized as a CurePSP Center of Care.

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About the center of care

This interdisciplinary clinic is run as a partnership between the University of Florida’s College of Medicine’s Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration (Dr. Nick McFarland) and the College of Health and Human Performance (Dr. Chris Hass).  These two world-class doctors and scientists co-direct this initiative.

In response to a critical need for care and research in this area our group decided in 2010 to pull together existing resources and to push forward toward a Center of Excellence for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy & Atypical Parkinsonian Disorders. The Center is now recognized as a CurePSP Center of Care.

This interdisciplinary clinic is run as a partnership between the University of Florida’s College of Medicine’s Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration (Dr. Nick McFarland) and the College of Health and Human Performance (Dr. Chris Hass).  These two world-class doctors and scientists co-direct this initiative.

Doctors examining gait

The identified needs in this area are:

  • There are few places in the world that offer the complete interdisciplinary care of the PSP/Atypical Parkinsonism Patient
  • Better care in PSP/Atypical Parkinsonism will lead to better research and greater awareness of what is needed in the field
  • Partnerships need to be developed in clinical and basic science research for PSP/Atypical Parkinsonism
  • We work to attract more high level scientists and clinicians from other fields to take on PSP & Atypical Parkinsonism issues as well as research and care challenges – there is a critical mass problem

Our Interdisciplinary Approach to PSP and Atypical Parkinsonism

We have created a model of excellence in care, research, and education for PSP atypical parkinsonism.   To accomplish our goals we have constructed an interdisciplinary world-class, “concierge service” for every new and return patient seen at our center with PSP or an atypical parkinsonism.   Patients will all be evaluated by an gait and balance mat which will help clinicians follow the disease and researchers learn more about gait issues in these disorders.

The patient and family will have access to all interdisciplinary services in one place:

  • social services
  • physical therapy
  • psychotherapy
  • psychology
  • psychiatry
  • occupational therapy
  • prosthetics
  • palliative services

They will be able to be scheduled for multiple services during the clinic visit, thus providing a true interdisciplinary care.

We have integrated the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration research infrastructure into the clinic to work toward PSP and atypical Parkinsonism discoveries.  This effort is directly partnered with the UF Center Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases, and the clinical trials center.  Our hope is to offer patients the best possible clinical and research experience.

The PSP and Atypical Parkinsonism program is also working on a training program to train new scientists for the field.

*Support for this program is provided by the Wright/Falls/Simmons Professorship

Appointments at the center of care