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Dr. Xuemei Huang came to Penn State College of Medicine/Penn State College of Medicine in 2008.

Her research focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to understanding both etiology and neural mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and the mechanisms by which drugs work. Dr. Huang has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences, and is a frequent grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, which has funded her research since 2003.

She is the author of more than 160 peer-reviewed research papers, as well as many chapters and research letters, and holds one patent.

She is the founding director of Penn State College of Medicine's Translational Brain Research Center. The center was started in 2017 to pursue and encourage bidirectional translational projects focused on brain neurodegeneration related to disease and aging. 

Clinical interests

Dr. Xuemei Huang is chief of the Division of Movement Disorders in the Department of Neurology. Her clinical interests include:

  • Parkinson’s disease (PD) in all stages, especially patients in the advanced to end stages of PD
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)
  • Multiple system atrophy (MSA)
  • Other atypical diseases that present like PD
  • Botox to treat drooling and dystonia

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Movement Disorders and Clinical Research, Fellowship, Emory University


Neurology, Residency, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Internship, University of Washington


Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Fellowship, University of Colorado


Pharmacology, PhD, Purdue University


MD, Beijing Medical University



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