Welcome to the Poston Lab

Poston Lab

The Poston Lab seeks to understand the underlying brain circuitry associated with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, and in particular the changes in this circuitry that lead to specific symptoms, including both motor symptoms and cognitive/behavioral symptoms. While current medical and surgical treatments can substantially improve many of the motor symptoms caused by Parkinson’s disease, none of the currently available treatments can cure the disease, alter the disease progression, or significantly treat many of the non-motor symptoms, such as memory problems. Our lab aims to bridge this treatment gap using functional and structural neuroimaging. In addition, we seek to develop novel neuroimaging biomarkers to improve diagnostic accuracy and monitor the efficacy of investigational treatments for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Poston is also the Principle Investigator for clinical trials in movement disorders, such as gene-transfer therapy in Parkinson’s disease.

Find out more about clinical studies that are currently recruiting participants. Both people with Parkinson’s disease and people without Parkinson’s disease (i.e. healthy controls) are eligible for many of our research studies. See our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Neurology & Neurological Sciences

The Poston Lab is part of the Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences.

Contact Us

Kathleen Poston, MD, MS
Principal Investigator
300 Pasteur Drive Rm A343
Stanford, CA 94305

Marian Shahid, MSc
Research Program Manager
Phone: (650) 723-0060