Charles H Adler

M.D., Ph.D.

Neurology, Mayo Clinic

Consultant and Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Principal Investigator, Arizona Parkinson’s Disease Consortium


Charles Adler received his bachelor’s degree at Temple University (BA, Biology) and earned a master’s degree and PhD in pharmacology, as well as his medical degree, from the New York University School of Medicine. He served his medical internship at New York University/Manhattan VA in New York and a neurology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is board certified. Dr. Adler then completed a fellowship in movement disorders in the Department of Neurology at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. He joined the staff at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona where he is also a Consultant in the Department of Neurology.

Dr. Adler has received numerous grants to investigate experimental treatments for Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and restless legs syndrome from the National Institutes of Health, National Parkinson’s Foundation, pharmaceutical companies, and Mayo Foundation for Medical Research. He currently is the Vice-Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Section of Movement Disorders, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation, is Co-Chair of the Parkinson Study Group Biomarkers Committee and is the Co-Chair of the Movement Disorders Society Education Committee. Dr. Adler is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association. He has previously served as the Vice-Chair of Research (Head of Human Subjects Research) at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, has served on the editorial board of the journal Movement Disorders, executive committee of the American Academy of Neurology Section of Movement Disorders, multiple committees of the Parkinson Study Group, and was a member of the medical advisory board of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation.

He has a commitment to education training residents, 13 fellows and graduate students, has given many invited lectures, and has developed multiple educational programs for the American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society, Mayo Clinic, and independent CME organizations.

Dr. Adler’s main research interests are investigating which clinical tests may allow for an early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and PD with dementia and identification of new treatments for PD and PD with dementia. He has published over 300 research papers and reviews, and edited a book entitled Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment Guidelines for the Practicing Physician. In addition to the studies of biomarkers in PD and dementia in PD, Dr. Adler is been funded to study movement abnormalities in patients with PD, treatment trials for both Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and restless legs syndrome, and he is investigating the yips: a possible focal task-specific dystonia of golfers. Dr. Adler was awarded the 2006 Distinguished Investigator of the Year Award at Mayo Clinic Arizona.