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

Ming-Jai Liu, MD, PharmD, joined Banner Sun Health Research Institute on July 1, 2015. Dr. Liu is a board-certified neurologist specializing in the care of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He recently completed two years of specialty training as the Evlyn Kossak Movement Disorders Fellow, under the guidance of Dr. Abraham Lieberman, at the prestigious Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

He comes with experience in caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential or familial tremor, Huntington’s disease, Tourette syndrome, ataxia and dystonia; treating some of these disorders with deep brain stimulation (DBS) and Botulinum toxins. Prior to his fellowship, he obtained both his Pharm.D. and MD at the University of New Mexico and completed neurology residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

David Shprecher, DO, MS, is a neurologist and serves as Banner's Movement Disorders Program Director, overseeing patient care and clinical research studies. He specializes in diagnosis, treatment and research for movement disorders including Parkinson disease, tics and Tourette syndrome, Huntington disease, dystonia, tardive dyskinesia, tremor, progressive supranuclear palsy, and multiple system atrophy.

Dr. Shprecher completed a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Neurology residency at the University of Utah. He completed his movement disorders/experimental therapeutics fellowship and Masters in Clinical Investigation at the University of Rochester.

Previously, Dr. Shprecher mentored numerous students and trainees while serving as Movement Disorders Division Chief at the University of Utah. Inspired by personal experience as an individual with Tourette syndrome, he has dedicated his career to improving treatment options and quality of life for movement disorder patients. His work with the Brain and Body Donation Program is aimed at improving early diagnosis of Parkinson's and related diseases. The ultimate goal: to develop a treatment that can prevent these illnesses entirely.