Spotlight Parkinson's expert Jerrold Vitek, MD, PhD, is driven by the thrill of new discovery

Jerry Vitek

M Health Fairview Neurologist Jerrold Vitek, MD, PhD, (MnDRIVE Brain Conditions Leadership & Neuromodulation researcher) is the leader of University of Minnesota's Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Disease Research. The center's multi-disciplinary team consists of physicians, researchers and engineers-all of whom are focused on developing new treatments for Parkinson's disease. 

Parkinson’s disease is a motor system disorder that occurs when your brain cells don’t produce enough dopamine. At first, you may notice a tremor in your hands, arms, legs or face. You also may notice stiffness, a slowness of movement, imbalance and loss of coordination.

The University of Minnesota has been named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research and was awarded a $9.07 million grant over the next five years to improve the lives of patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Read the article below to learn more about Dr. Vitek's journey in the field of neuromodulation and why he is driven by the thrill of new discovery.