The Stanford Movement Disorders Center provides the full range of care for people with all types of movement disorders. Our movement disorder experts partner with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs and goals.
At Stanford Movement Disorders Center (SMDC), research is an important component of our program. Through research, we hope to understand more about the underlying mechanisms of disease that cause movement disorders and translate this knowledge to clinical trials and to established therapies.
Clinical trials are sometimes referred to as clinical research and are reseach studies involving human volunteers. There are two main types of clinical trials – observational and interventional. Observational trials do not test drugs or treatments. Rather, researchers observe participants in order to better understand a disease. Examples of observational trials at the SMDC are studies using brain imaging to understand memory problems in Parkinson's disease and studies observing the effect of medications or deep brain stimulation (DBS) on balance and walking.
An interventional trial tests the safety and effectiveness of a candidate for drug, therapy, or experiemental treatment. Examples of interventional trials at the SMDC are a study of efficacy of Botulinum toxin B (Myobloc) for cervical dystonia patients and a study of efficacy of transcranial ultrasound for tremor.
As part of a large academic medical center, education is central to the mission and daily activity in Stanford Movement Disorders Center. Our attending physicians train clinical fellows, residents and medical students in the clinic and the operating room and through lectures and coursework. Many visiting neurologists and neurosurgeons come to learn several of the specialized techniques performed here, including Botulinum toxin injection techniques, deep brain stimulation programming, intra-operative physiology in the awake patient and the frameless deep brain stimulation technique.
We are also interested in maintaining an active dialogue with the patient community and have held several patient-oriented clinical symposiums focusing on different aspects of Parkinson's Disease, dystonia and tremor. Recently, a generous gift from the Blume Family Foundation to the NIS and SMDC has allowed us to embark on several community based events on hot topics in Parkinson's Disease, such as stem cell and growth factor science and treatment, functional neuroimaging, deep brain stimulation and others.
We are able to invite international leaders in each field to give lectures and hold interactive discussions with the audience. We are convinced that true breakthroughs in the treatment of difficult neurological diseases will advance with the help and insight from patients and their families that have first hand experience with these diseases.
The Stanford Balance Center is one of few medical centers in the country to offer an interdisciplinary program for comprehensive testing and community outreach.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
For your convenience, you may check in for all same-day appointments at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center through a centralized, check-in desk near the front lobby. In addition to all outpatient services, you also can access onsite pre-surgery consultations at the center.
Appointments are available by physician referral only. Ask your doctor's office to fax a letter of referral, contact information, insurance information and records to 650-723-6002. We will review your records and contact you about an appointment.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Bring any MRI or CT films
Plan to be at the clinic for one to two hours
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
To reorder a prescription, have your pharmacy call 650-723-4720 or fax a refill request to 650-725-0390.
For Movement Disorders Center information, call 650-736-0514.
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HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.
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