The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to "ease the burden and find the cure" for PD. Headquartered in New York, it focuses its energies on research, patient support, advocacy, education, and raising public awareness of the disease. The National office coordinates the efforts of 65 chapters, 57 Information & Referral Centers, and many support groups across America.
Each year, the APDA Scientific Advisory Board, under the direction of Dr. G. Frederick Wooten Jr., reviews grant requests and submits recommendations for funding researchers whose work shows promise of making scientific breakthroughs for finding improved treatments for PD. Massachusetts residents, Dr. Marie St. Hilaire and Dr. Richard Myers, serve on the APDA Scientific Advisory Board.
The APDA is the largest grassroots organization in the U.S. dedicated to fighting Parkinson's disease. Its education program provides information and resources to individuals with Parkinson's, their families, and healthcare professionals, and the community at large.