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The Movement Disorders Section at the Department of Neurology of the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, has a history of more than 20 years of excellence in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) research. The strength of this center is based on the bench to bedside and backwards research and its highly interdisciplinary approaches - combined with 15 years long and internationally proven high level expertise in designing, implementing, conducting and analyzing large randomized controlled multicenter clinical trials (German Parkinson Study Group). This combination of basic, translational and clinical science with a powerful structure for clinical trials in PD in one single center is quite unique in Europe and allows to study PD at all its facets from etiology to disease modification and late stage cutting edge therapy.


David Pedrosa


Dr. Pedrosa is currently a senior consultant at the University Hospital of Giessen and Marburg and an associate researcher at Philipps University, both in Germany. He is the head of the Movement Disorders Section and the Deep Brain Stimulation Program at his site. His main research interests are neuromodulation in movement disorders, care integration in Parkinson's disease, and the study of mechanisms underlying movement disorders.

Catharina Muente


Sociologist and research assistant with a research background in disability studies and science and technology studies. She works on topics at the interface of neurodegenerative diseases, palliative care, mental health and telemedicine. Her research interests focus in particular on participatory approaches to technology development and the concerns of vulnerable groups and family caregivers.

Maria Widritzki

Geriatric nurse with many years of experience in mobile and inpatient geriatric care. She is currently completing her training as a counsellor for advance care planning for the last phase of life (according to the German Social Code: Sozialgesetzbuch V § 132g). As a study nurse, she has research experience in the fields of Parkinson's disease, palliative care, caregiver support, mental health research and telemedicine.

Sandra Blum

Student assistant and medical student (cand. med.) with a special interest in neurodegenerative diseases and mHealth.

Carsten Eggers

MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology

MD, Professor of Neurology, completed his medical studies in 2005 after visiting the University of Hamburg, Germany, University of Cologne, Germany and University René-Descartes V in Paris, France. He completed his postgraduate education at the Department of Neurology in Cologne, Germany (Prof. Fink) with research projects in the Neuroelectrophysiological Lab of Prof. Rothwell, Institute of Neurology, Queens Square, London, UK and the Neuroimaging Lab at the Feinstein Institute for Neuroscience (Prof. Eidelberg). He received his board certification in 2011, his habilitation on “Neuroimaging of Parkinsonian Subtypes” was finalized in 2013. He was appointed as consultant of the Department of Neurology, Cologne, Germany in 2014. His research focus are Neuroimaging of Movement Disorders, Neuropychological characteristics, symptoms and therapies of Parkinson’s Disease and integrative & palliative care research in Parkinson’s Disease. After taking care of the project at UMR for the first 20 months, since February 2021 he is no longer involved as PI of PD_Pal Project. He is now Chief
Physician for Neurology
at the Knappschaftskrankenhaus in Bottrop, Germany.

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