The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was founded in 1961 in New York City to Ease the Burden - Find the Cure for Parkinson's disease (PD). The country's largest grassroots organization serving more than 1 million Americans with Parkinson's disease and their families focuses its energies on research, patient services, education and raising public awareness. APDA supports eight Centers for Advanced Research, and a national network of regional Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, chapters, and support groups. APDA's Scientific Advisory Board reviews grant applications annually, and submits funding recommendations for the most promising research toward discovering the cause(s) and finding the cure for PD. APDA has raised and awarded more than $80 million to patient services and education and has been a funding partner in most of the major PD scientific breakthroughs.