Artist's rendering of Gardner/McMaster Parkinson's Center
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
The University of Toledo Medical Center has created one of the top facilities for Parkinson's Disease in the nation.
The nearly 6,000-square-foot Gardner/McMaster Parkinson's Center is used for research and education into Parkinson's, with a goal of one day finding a cure.
University officials say the facility is very beneficial to Northwest Ohioans, providing increased access to treatment for patients and bringing specialist of Parkinson's Disease all under one roof.
Parkinson's Disease is diagnosed in more than 50,000 Americans each year. Symptoms include rigid muscles, tremors, and changes in speech. Parkinson's is genetic, but the exact cause is still unknown.
Dr. Lawrence Elmer, Professor in the Department of Neurology and the Director of the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program, says many families struggle with the need for help in treating loved ones, but a lack of Parkinson's specialists. Elmer says that should not be the case.
"Parkinson's is one of the most treatable illnesses in all of neurology right now," said Elmer.
Craig Thomas takes us inside the new Parkinson's center on ‘Your Morning.'