When Fu-Hsing Chen was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he and his wife, Jyu-Yuan, decided to do something to help others who are also struggling with this debilitating disorder. They donated funds to establish the Fu-Hsing and Jyu-Yuan Chen Center for Translational Research in Parkinson's Disease and to recruit two of the top clinician researchers in this field.

Researchers at the Chen Center are fighting Parkinson's disease on many fronts, exploring surgical solutions, environmental causes and the potential for using healthy stem cells to replace damaged cells.

“My father was impressed with UCLA's emphasis on speeding up the process of applying the latest research findings to patient care,” says Frank Chen '01.

“This is a hopeful time for Parkinson's patients. The research that is being done at UCLA and around the world will enable them to lead better and longer lives.”

—Dr. John Mazziotta
Chair of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine
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