About the PUW > Dr. Robert Burke
For the past several years, Dr. Burke has provided scientific expertise and knowledge of Parkinson’s research to the Board. He obtained his MD from Cornell Medical School and received training in Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center. He obtained postdoctoral training in Clinical Movement Disorders with Dr. Stanley Fahn, and training in Molecular Neurobiology with Dr. Tong Joh. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia in 1982 and is now the Alfred and Minnie Bressler Professor of Neurology and Pathology. Currently, he serves as Director of Laboratory Research in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders in the Department of Neurology and Director of the Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research at Columbia. One of the founding Officers of the Movement Disorder Society and a founding member of the Editorial Board of Movement Disorders, he has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Parkinson Study Group, The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, National Parkinson Foundation and The Michael J. Fox Foundation. His current research interests relate to the molecular basis of programmed cell death and axon degeneration in dopamine neurons.