Movement Disorders

UC Davis has an outstanding Movement Disorders Program that provides evaluation, treatment and management of a range of diseases that cause involuntary excessive movements or slow, awkward, deliberate movements.

Faculty members in the Department of Neurology provide diagnosis and management of movement disorders such as:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Huntington's disease
  • Essential tremor
  • Ataxia
  • Dystonia
  • Several other movement disorders

Our patients come from Northern California as well as neighboring states to receive the latest treatments, which include:

In addition to patient care, our faculty members conduct both basic and clinical research aimed at developing new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and other movement disorders. (For more information about our research into Huntington's disease, please visit our HD Center of Excellence Research page.)

Some of our faculty conduct clinical trials as members of the Parkinson Study Group, an organization of researchers from the U.S. and Canada who are working to test new treatments for PD, as well as looking into the genetics of people who may be predisposed to develop it. Patients who would like to help in our ongoing research efforts may be able to participate in one of several clinical studies designed to improve medical knowledge about these conditions and to test potential new therapies. Current studies are described below:

Biotie TOZ-PD

A Phase 3, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study With an Open-Label Phase to Determine the Efficacy and Safety of Tozadenant as Adjunctive Therapy in Levodopa-Treated Patients With Parkinson's Disease Experiencing End of Dose "Wearing-Off." 
Currently enrolling

For more information, enter NCT02453386 into the search box at www.clinicaltrials.gov.


A Prospective Registry Study in a Global Huntington's Disease Cohort
Currently enrolling

For more information, enter NCT01574053 into the search box at www.clinicaltrials.gov.


Outpatient Physical Therapy Intervention in Subjects with Parkinson’s Disease Currently Using APOKYN®
Enrollment expected to start in Fall 2016

For more information, enter NCT02549573 into the search box at www.clinicaltrials.gov.


A randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Urate-Elevating Inosine Treatment to Slow Clinical Decline in Early Parkinson's Disease
Enrollment expected to start in Fall 2016

For more information, enter NCT02642393 into the search box at www.clinicaltrials.gov.

Departmental Studies

Network Level Effects of vSTN Theta Frequency DBS on Cognition in PD
Currently enrolling

Preliminary Sensor Design and Data Gathering for Robotic Exoskeleton-Based Attenuation of Essential Tremor