The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation commits $1 million to Parkinson’s research

A portrait of Bob and Renee ParsonsRenee and Bob Parsons

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation recently announced a $1 million pledge to Barrow Neurological Foundation in support of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center (MAPC) at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Barrow Neurological Institute. The gift will go towards naming the Lieberman Parkinson’s Research Center at the MAPC, in honor of Dr. Abraham Lieberman’s retirement and his decades of service to patients with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.

The MAPC was established in 1997 by Muhammad Ali and Dr. Lieberman. The Parsons have worked tirelessly with Dr. Lieberman in recent years to revolutionize Parkinson’s research and care. They’ve established the Bob & Renee Parsons Fall Prevention Center and the Parsons Legacy Care Program through their philanthropic support.

This gift will enable the MAPC to expand basic, clinical, and translational research for Parkinson’s disease in order to qualify as the first Udall Center of Excellence in the Southwest. Being selected as an Udall Center would enable the team at the MAPC to conduct and contribute more to research, attract top talent, share knowledge with the community, and serve more patients with highly complex movement disorders. The goal is to utilize a multidisciplinary research approach to reveal the causes of the disease, as well as to accelerate the improvements in the diagnosis and treatment for patients.

The Parsons’ generous and dedicated support gives patients with Parkinson’s hope that better diagnoses and treatments are just around the corner.