The Parkinson Research Institute, the research arm of the Wisconsin Parkinson Association, is currently collaborating with staff of the Regional Parkinson Center on a special project for GE Medical.

Staff of the
Regional Parkinson Center

Paul A. Nausieda, MD –

Medical Director, Research Scientist

Dr. Nausieda is a board-certified neurologist nationally recognized as a sleep disorders and Parkinson disease specialist. He has written more than 100 publications on the subject of sleep and movement disorders, received many professional awards, and held numerous academic appointments including associate professorships in the department of neurological sciences and pharmacology at Rush University and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

His current practice is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the country. He is a prominent expert and sought-after lecturer on the pharmacological treatment of PD. He has been a principal investigator in 40 drug studies of experimental therapeutic agents being tested for FDA approval and acts as a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical firms involved in the development of new treatments for Parkinson disease. 

Dr. Nausieda’s determination to unveil the cause of PD was the impetus for his founding the Parkinson Research Institute. He has based his research ideas on the knowledge that he has gained from diagnosing and treating the disease for more than 40 years. He hopes that the information he has developed will be a catalyst for both current and future researchers.


Dacy Reimer, APNP/MSN/CCRC – 

Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, RPC Coordinator, Brain Procurement Specialist, Research Scientist

Dacy Reimer is a board-certified nurse practitioner, licensed to prescribe and treat in primary care and specialized in neurology and movement disorders. She has had more than 20 years' experience in caring for individuals with Parkinson disease.

Ms. Reimer was a founding member of PRI, committed to identifying the causes of PD with a particular interest in disease trait analysis and environmental effects. She developed the LifeSpan database, a collection of more than 20,000 clinical patient histories and treatments. Ms. Reimer instituted the procedure for the Parkinson Research Institute Brain Procurement Program, providing 24-hour clinical service to patients and families wishing to donate brain tissues. She develops and conducts epidemiological research projects. She is co-author of multiple manuscripts on PD and provides research support to local university researchers. She is certified as a research coordinator by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.

Ms. Reimer has managed more than 20 pharmaceutical studies using experimental therapeutic agents being tested for FDA approval. She works in collaboration with Dr. Nausieda as a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical firms involved in the development of new treatments for Parkinson disease.