Research at Banner Sun Health Research Institute  

Thomas H. Christopher Center for Parkinson's Research


Research at the Thomas H. Christopher Center for Parkinson's Research involves a multidisciplinary approach toward the goal of understanding and treating Parkinson’s disease.

The center's work includes:

  • Conducting clinical trials in innovative treatment to treat symptoms of Parkinson's disease and slow its progression
  • Working to better understand how Parkinson's disease starts and how it progresses.
  • Developing biomarkers to better diagnose Parkinson's disease and track its progression.  

Meet Our Providers

Liu photoMing-Jai Liu, MD, PharmD, joined the team in July 2015 as a movement disorders specialist, with five years of practice experience. He previously served as a neurologist and movement disorders fellow at Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Lui earned a doctor of medicine and doctor of pharmacy from University of New Mexico and completed a neurology residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center.

David ShprecherDavid Shprecher, DO, MS, starting Oct. 1, will serve as director, Movement Disorders Program, overseeing patient care and clinical studies. Dr. Shprecher earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Erie, Pennsylvania and completed a neurology residency at University of Utah School of Medicine.

Previously, Dr. Shprecher has been involved in numerous grant projects, review boards and has participated in publications. He previously worked as an advisor and mentor to students at University of Utah while completing his MSci/neuroscience PhD.



clinical trials

To schedule an appointment at The Cleo Roberts Alzheimer's and Movement Disorder Clinic, call (623) 832-6530.

Banner Sun Health Research Institute
10515 W. Santa Fe Drive
Sun City, AZ 85351
(623) 832-6500
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