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Struthers Parkinson's Center

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Catherine Wielinski, MPH
Research Director
Struthers Parkinson's Center
6701 Country Club Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55427
952-993-2250 (fax)
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Center Overview

Struthers Parkinson's Center
A National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence

Struthers Parkinson's Center is a freestanding facility that offers an integrated approach to diagnosis, treatment, management and research of Parkinson's disease. For more than 20 years, this nationally known center has improved the health and quality of life for people with Parkinson's by helping them achieve their fullest potential.

In addition to the most comprehensive clinical, therapeutic and support services available in the Upper Midwest, the center has an active Parkinson's disease research program offering:

  • One of the largest Parkinson's populations in the Upper Midwest covering all stages of the disease
  • Experience in conducting phase II, III and IV clinical trials
  • A computerized patient database
  • Multidisciplinary services
  • Complete rehab facilities
  • Clinic and hospital facilities
  • Budget and contract negotiations
  • Regulatory support
  • Quality of life studies
  • Complementary therapies

For more information about the Struthers Parkinson's Center and various research opportunities, please visit our homepage at: www.methodisthospital.com/struthersparkinsons/.

Clinical Research Experience

The center offers an experienced team, including physician researchers and research coordinators, who understand the needs of research sponsors and work to provide timely and accurate studies. Most recently, the Struthers Parkinson's Center has conducted pharmaceutical and device research with Novartis, Roche, Somerset, Medtronic, Pharmacia, and CroMedica. In addition to sponsored research, the center conducts investigator-initiated studies on traditional and holistic therapies in treating Parkinson's disease. Areas included are:

  • Speech therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • T’ai Chi Chih
  • Spiritual care
  • Caregiver services
  • Music therapy
  • Support services
  • Animal-assisted therapy

Researchers also benefit from the close working relationship the center has with the Park Nicollet Institute. The Institute is one of America's leading research organizations and provides centralized clinical support in such areas as budget, contract negotiations and regulatory support.

Facility Description

The center conducts outpatient studies at its conveniently located site in Golden Valley, Minnesota, just west of Minneapolis. The center is 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and 30 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International airport.

This unique freestanding center specializes exclusively in caring for Parkinson's-related illnesses. The center provides a caring, compassionate setting where people with Parkinson's, their carepartners, families and friends can receive care and support from a team of professionals who are experts in the difficulties Parkinson's presents.

The center is part of Park Nicollet Health Services, an integrated care system that includes Methodist Hospital, Park Nicollet Clinic, Primary Physician Network, The Foundation and The Institute. Park Nicollet Health Services has 6,500 employees including more than 500 physicians and is based in St. Louis Park, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis.

Investigator Experience

Paul M. Silverstein, MD

  • MD: University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Board-certified in neurology
  • Specialty: Parkinson's disease
  • Fellowship: neuropathology, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Sotirios Parashos, MD, PhD
  • MD: Aristotles University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • PhD: neurophysiology, Aristotles University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Board-certified in neurology
  • Specialties: Parkinson's diseases and related disorders
  • Fellowships: Experimental Therapeutics Branch, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; Division of Movement Disorders, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
Martha Nance, MD
  • MD: Medical College of Virginia
  • Board-certified in neurology and medical genetics
  • Specialties: Parkinson's disease, Ataxia and Huntington's disease
  • Advanced training in neurology, University of Minnesota
  • Advanced training in medical genetics, University of Minnesota
Felix Zwiebel, MD
  • MD: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL
  • Board-certified in neurology
  • Specialty: Parkinson’s disease
  • Advanced training in internal medicine, neurology and neuropathology, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Steven D. Stein, MD
  • MD: University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Board-certified in neurology
  • Specialties: Parkinson's disease and movement disorders
John Worley, DO
  • DO: University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA
  • Board-certified in neurology
  • Specialties: Parkinson’s disease and HIV-related neurologic disorders
  • Fellowship: neurologic infectious disease, University of Minnesota

Staff Expertise

Catherine Wielinski, MPH, research director, 15 years experience with clinical and administrative claims research including clinical trials, survey, and quality of life studies; 15 years experience with regulatory and administrative oversight of research .

Susan Peterson, RN, BSN, research coordinator, 2 years experience with pharmaceutical sponsored research.

Elizabeth Krech, research assistant, 5 years experience on the genetics of Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

Patient Demographics

The center offers one of the largest Parkinson's patient populations in the Upper Midwest with a current patient base of over 1,500 patients seen in multi-disciplinary clinic visits. Of patients new to the Struthers Center approximately 90% are Hoehn-Yahr stage 1-3. The computerized database has been written to be available via the Internet to provide rapid participant selection for studies. In addition to the database, the center attracts study participants through a 70+-member support group network.

Other Information

The Struthers Parkinson's Center has gained national recognition for bringing together an innovative mix of traditional and complementary services to enhance a person's overall wellness and quality of life. Other benefits the center offers researchers:

  • Dedicated Parkinson's facility
  • Five board-certified neurologists
  • Health professionals with more than 20 years of Parkinson's experience
  • Sponsor of a 70+-member, Upper Midwest support group network

The center uses the Institutional Review Board of Park Nicollet Institute.

The Struthers Parkinson's Center is one of only 52 National Parkinson Foundation Centers of Excellence worldwide.

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