About Us

Who We Are

The International Association of Parkinsonism & Related Disorders (IAPRD) is an independent, international, professional association of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in motor behavioural and behavioural motor disorders including Parkinson’s disease, secondary parkinsonisms, hyperkinetic and hypokinetic movement disorders, and more generally any disorder affecting muscle tone and motor control. The most common clinical disorders and/or symptoms of interest to us are:

  • Genetic and idiopathic Parkinson’s disease and other parkinsonisms
  • Genetic and idiopathic disorders with dystonia
  • Cerebellar disorders
  • Tremor, myoclonus, tics, ballism
  • Psychogenic and psychiatric movement disorders
  • Huntington’s disease, chorea, and Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome
  • Movement disorder-related non-motor disorders, such as disorders of the autonomic nervous system, mood disorders, sleep disorders (including: excess daytime sleepiness, REM sleep behaviour disorders, restless legs syndrome, and periodic limb movements), psychiatric disorders (among them: impulse control disorders, executive dysfunction, dementia, delusions and hallucinations)

The IAPRD is a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States.


The IAPRD grew out of the World Federation of Neurology’s Parkinsonism & Related Disorders Research Group that was begun more than 60 years ago to promote and monitor research developments, and foster communication among neuroscientists in the field. The group’s first meeting was held in Montreal in 1959. In 2010, Prof. Dr. Erik Wolters and Prof. Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek founded the IAPRD as a separate, independent organization. They served as the IAPRD’s original officers, along with Dr. Ryan Uitti.

IAPRD Founding Officers

Prof. Dr. Erik Wolters

Founding President

Prof. Dr. Zbigniew Wszolek

Founding Secretary

Dr. Ryan Uitti

Founding Treasurer