The Movement Disorders Center at The University of North Carolina Hospitals is a subspecialty program of the UNC Department of Neurology and a designated National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. The UNC Movement Disorders Center is a multidisciplinary specialty group dedicated to providing individualized, compassionate and comprehensive care to our patients. We offer the latest diagnostic and state of the art treatment options for Parkinson's disease and atypical parkinsonian syndromes (progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, cortical basal degeneration), as well as focal and generalized dystonia, tremor, myoclonus, tic disorders, restless legs syndrome, blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm.
In addition, we are committed to conduct both outstanding clinical and basic science research in Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, and then translate our research into advances in treatment in order to improve the lives of our patients and their families.
Our team provides valuable resources for patients, families and caregivers and the Center's members serve the community of North Carolina by providing outreach education and advisory services to lay organizations.
What are movement disorders?
Movement disorders are neurological conditions that affect the speed, fluency, quality and ease of movement. The disorders are associated with changes in the brain cells that help us move. These changes can cause involuntary or excessive movements, called hyperkinesias. Other changes in brain cell function can cause a lack of automatic and purposeful movements, not related to weakness or spasticity, called hypokinesia. Movement disorders include the following conditions:
- Parkinson's disease
- Parkinsonian syndromes (progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, cortical basal degeneration)
- Huntington's disease
- Restless legs syndrome
- Tourette's syndrome
- Wilson disease
The UNC Team
The Movement Disorders Center at UNC incorporates a dynamic team of movement disorder neurologists Dr. Nina Browner and Dr. Richard Murrow, a neurosurgeon, Dr. Eldad Hadar, specializing in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery.
The Movement Disorder Center collaborates with Bradley Vaughn, M.D. and Daniel Kaufer M.D. also in the UNC Neurology department. Dr. Vaughn directs the evaluation and treatment of movement disorder related sleep disturbances, such as restless leg syndrome, and Dr. Kaufer focuses on evaluation and treatment of cognitive disturbances within the overlap area of parkinsonian disorders and dementias such as Alzheimer's disease.
The Movement Disorders Center at UNC is proud to offer:
- A state-of-the-art program for deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy;
- A monthly botulinum toxin clinic specializing in the treatment of such movement disorders as cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis), blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, cranial dystonia, focal limb dystonia, writer's cramp, and drooling;
- Genetic consultations for patients with movement disorders and their families;
- Neuropsychological evaluation for patients with movement disorders;
- Bimonthly comprehensive movement disorders team meetings when we discuss individual treatment care plan for our patients;
- Monthly comprehensive interdisciplinary clinic for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
We see patients in the Neurology Clinic on the first floor of the UNC Neuroscience Hospital, a facility readily accessible to persons with physical challenges.
We hope you find this website helpful in your health and medical care decisions. Please contact us with any questions or to request an appointment.
Movement Disorders Center
Department of Neurology
Physicians Office Building, 170 Manning Drive
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7025
Phone: (919) 966-5549
Fax: (919) 966-2922
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