Dr. Dauer is the Elinor Levine Professor of Neurology, director of the Movement Disorders Division, and director of the University of Michigan Udall Center. Dr. Dauer’s primary research interests include using genetic models to understand the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of basal ganglia disorders, notably in dystonias and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Dauer’s work has defined circuit and cellular changes in dystonias and explored pathways of neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease. His recent work focuses on developmental neurodegeneration of specific brain circuits in dystonias and endolysosomal dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. He is also working on the consequences of cholinergic system dysfunctions on Parkinson’s disease, particularly in gait and balance disorders.