William T. Dauer, M.D., a neurologist acclaimed for his research into dystonia and Parkinson's Disease, joined UT Southwestern Medical Center in July 2019 as the inaugural Director of the Peter O'Donnell, Jr. Brain Institute. Most recently, Dr. Dauer was Director of the Movement Disorders Group and the Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research at the University of Michigan.
For nearly two decades, Dr. Dauer's groundbreaking research has focused on the molecular basis of dystonia and the mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Parkinson's Disease. The studies of his Udall Center team dissecting the neurobiologic basis of falls in Parkinson's are being used to pioneer a therapy for this currently untreatable symptom.
Dr. Dauer is an elected member of the American Society of Clinic Investigation, and has been honored with the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation's Fahn Award & Columbia University's Harold & Golden Lamport Award for excellence in clinical science research. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis and after postdoctoral work at Massachusetts General Hospital, he completed his residency in neurology and fellowship in Parkinson's Disease and related movement disorders at Columbia University in New York.