Being a commercial real estate developer has allowed Stephen Bittel to achieve a successful career. Because of his success, Stephen has been able to accomplish many local community projects throughout South Florida. As of late, Stephen Bittel has made a significant contribution to the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. With this gift, it is aimed towards Parkinson’s disease research to find a cure.

Stephen Bittel has made it his mission since 2014 to help in the research for a Parkin’s disease cure ever since his company’s president was diagnosed. While there was quite a bit of shock involving the news, Bittel knew he had to do more. Shortly after, Bittel began focusing on Parkinson’s disease research by matching donations made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Focusiing to Find a Cure

On his path towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease, Joseph Bittel began concentrating on getting diagnoses for those who had symptoms or a family history of Parkinson’s disease. This way they can be properly diagnosed by a neurologist.

Despite having the proper doctor make a Parkinsonson’s disease diagnosis, Bittel realized that he had to go further and work towards finding the cause of Parkinson’s disease and not just treating the symptoms of it.

This is when Joseph Bittel began to fund various projects that were focusing on finding a cure. It was with these new funding projects that lead to a $1 million gift to create the Movement Disorders Clinical and Research Support Fund and a Stephen H. Bittel Fellowship in Movement Disorders. The new fellowship will be a yearly award to physicians who pursue specialist training for any type of movement disorder.

Joseph Bittel is a Florida native, born and raised in Miami. He attended and graduated with a law degree from the University of Miami after graduating from Bowdoin College in 1978.

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