The late James J. Gardner, left, with his wife, Joan A. Gardner, and Dr. Fredy J. Revilla, Medical Director of the Gardner Center.

Donations are an important source of funding for the James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. They help support patient care, new technologies and groundbreaking translational and clinical research that could lead to better treatments and, ultimately, cures for movement disorders.

At left, Selma Schottenstein Harris and her brother, Saul Schottenstein.  At right, Kim Seroogy, PhD, Director of the Selma Schottenstein Harris Lab for Research in Parkinson’s.

Our research program began to grow in 2002 with a major gift from the James E. and Anne R. Bever family. In 2003 Saul Schottenstein established the Selma Schottenstein Harris Laboratory for Research in Parkinson’s, a research laboratory within the Gardner Center dedicated to basic and translational studies. In 2004 we launched the Sunflower Revolution, an annual event that funds research and patient wellness. In 2006 we became the first National Davis Phinney Research Center. The Gardner Center also has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the Davis Phinney Foundation.

In 2007 the James J. and Joan A. Gardner family made a landmark gift to advance research and treatment programs in Parkinson’s disease at the UC Neuroscience Institute. We renamed our center the Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in their honor. Mr. Gardner was a civic-minded leader, a philanthropist and an exemplary and loving caregiver to his wife, Joan, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. He died in 2013 after a short illness.

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Parkinson’s Disease Support Network of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

From left: Dr. Robert Krikorian, Dr. Sheila Fleming, Tom Simons, Dr. Fredy J. Revilla, Carol Simons, Sandy Wuest, Jerry Wuest, Dr. Alberto Espay, Pete Hershberger, Jan Hershberger, and Dr. Kim Seroogy.

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Network of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana (PDSNOKI) has donated $422,000 to the Gardner Center since 2004 through the Jerry Wuest-Pete Hershberger Dinner Gala & Golf Classic and other events. The popular two-day event is also an important source of funding for several support and exercise groups in the region. In photo at right, Pete Hershberger (left) with Jerry Wuest.

Putting for Parkinson’s

Putting for Parkinson’s is a golf outing, dinner and silent auction at the Highland Country Club in Ft. Thomas, Ky. The event has raised more than $75,000 since its beginning in 2010. The event’s co-founders are Scott Layman, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease at age 43, and his wife, Joy (in photo at left). The 2013 event raised a record $23,840.



If you are interested in learning more about how to support our mission of providing the highest level of compassionate care and doing innovative research on Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, please contact:

Gina Weitzel
Senior Director of Development
UC Neuroscience Institute
PO Box 670570
260 Stetson Street, Suite 5221
Cincinnati Ohio 45267-0570
(513) 558-6112

Kathy Nullmeier
Assistant Director of Development
UC Neuroscience Institute
(513) 558-6903
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