standaert_coatDavid Standaert MD, PhD
Director, American Parkinson Disease Association Center for Advanced Research

apda logo2018The Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center, located at University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Neurology, provides educational and emotional support to Parkinson disease patients and their families. Established in 1978, the Center serves as a resource for those with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones as well as healthcare providers.

Services provided by the APDA Information and Referral Center include:

  • A telephone helpline (205-934-9100)
  • Publications
  • A resource referral network
  • Assistance locating or establishing support groups
  • Educational presentations for support groups
  • Counseling and guidance
  • Support and training for healthcare professionals
  • Collaboration with other community stakeholders to raise awareness for Parkinson disease

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease (PD) and works tirelessly to assist the more than 1 million Americans with PD live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, neurological disorder. Founded in 1961, APDA has raised and invested more than $170 million to provide outstanding patient services and educational programs, elevate public awareness about the disease, and support research designed to unlock the mysteries of PD and ultimately put an end to this disease. To join us in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and to learn more about the support APDA provides nationally through our network of Chapters and Information & Referral (I&R) Centers, as well as our national Research Program and Centers for Advanced Research, please visit us at

Parkinson's disease affects more than 1 million people in the United States annually, with at least 65,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The chronic and progressive neurological condition is the second most common neurodegenerative aging disorder, after Alzheimer's disease.

For more information contact:
Laura P. Lieb, CRNP, MPH