APDA Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center

Contact: Camilla Comer-Carruthers, Manager
Phone: 732.745.7520 ext. 1
Fax: 732.745.3114
Email: Camilla.Comer-Carruthers@rwjbh.org
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The New Jersey APDA Parkinson's Disease Information and Referral Center at RWJUH offers educational and emotional support to Parkinson patients and their families. The Center provides support groups referenced below.

APDA Center for Advanced Research

The RWJUH is home to one of eight Advanced Centers for Parkinson's Research by the American Parkinson Disease Association. RWJUH research is focused on and is directed by a comprehensive team of experts. This Center is intended to strengthen and help integrate already existing investigative teams.

The funding of this Center supports a large research program, which includes: research trainees, fellowship programs; early stage discovery programs and later stage clinical translation. The research is at the forefront of investigation into the causes, treatments and ultimately the cure(s) for Parkinson’s Disease.

Parkinson's disease affects more than 1 million people in the United States annually, with at least 65,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The chronic and progressive neurological condition is the second most common neurodegenerative aging disorder, after Alzheimer's disease.

What the Center Can Provide for You

A hotline is available at (732) 745-7520 to answer your questions concerning information and resources for Parkinson's disease. It is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Center staff can also help you by finding a support group or exercise program in your area if you have Parkinson's disease or are caring for a loved one with Parkinson's.

Other services and resources include:

  • Literature about Parkinson's disease

  • Support group listings

  • Information on young onset Parkinson's disease

  • Resources for caregivers

  • State, county, and community resources

  • Physician referrals

  • Quarterly newsletters

  • Information on the most current Parkinson's research

  • Lending library of videos, books and audiotapes on Parkinson's disease

  • Annual symposium for patients and families

  • Newly diagnosed programs for patients and families

  • Annual Parkinson's conference for healthcare providers

  • Support group training professionals

Medical Consultations

Medical consultations for the Referral and Information center are provided by the Movement Disorder Specialists in the Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

About the American Parkinson Disease Association

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease (PD) and works tirelessly to assist the more than 1 million Americans with PD live life to the fullest in the face of this chronic, neurological disorder. Founded in 1961, APDA has raised and invested more than $170 million to provide outstanding patient services and educational programs, elevate public awareness about the disease, and support research designed to unlock the mysteries of PD and ultimately put an end to this disease.

To join us in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and to learn more about the support APDA provides nationally through our network of Chapters and Information & Referral (I&R) Centers, as well as our national Research Program and Centers for Advanced Research, please visit us at www.apdaparkinson.org.

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