Integrated Parkinson’s Care Network
We will also conduct clinical care research on how to improve the lives of patients and carry out clinical trials and epidemiological studies on how to enhance the brain’s ability to protect and repair itself in Parkinson’s patients.
This initiative will coordinate and provide the best and most appropriate hospital and community resources for the personalized needs of each patient, while at the same time producing valuable clinical data.
Personalize Parkinson’s Care by integrating healthcare options so that patients are connected to hospital and community services that treat all their motor and non-motor Parkinson’s symptoms. Healthcare plans are designed by a neurologist and overseen by a nurse coordinator who links patients to the appropriate services.
Our Collaborative Partnership Team has successfully set-up the required integrated care system and:
- Identified a clinical care nurse coordinator,
- Created an Access database that contains contact information for a comprehensive (>100) list of healthcare resources,
- Established the parameters to monitor patient progress, health benefit and quality of life within this program.
- Started enrolling patients in this program in July 2015!
Understanding brain circuitry in Parkinson's disease
A major problem in understanding brain disorders has been insufficient insight into how the human brain functions at the network and circuitry level. The development of this new program will provide the perfect opportunity to address this issue in a meaningful way. Researchers will record brain neuron activity of patients to study how brain patterning is affected in disease states and how potential interventions may affect their outcomes. We will also determine how specific genes alter brain cell and circuit function.