The Community Choice Research Awards are the first grant awards in the community to set research priorities based on the insights of people with PD.
Through these awards, PDF asks people with Parkinson’s and care partners about their priorities for research in an online vote, and respnoses are reviewed by our Scientific Advisory Board. To date, the awards have helped PDF to identify four unmet needs in Parkinson’s — fatigue, gastrointestinal dysfunction, cognition and dystonia — that are troublesome for many people, but receive limited attention and research funding.
In response, PDF has invested $600,000 in expert roundtables and translational research grants to understand and solve these unmet needs.
PDF thanks its People with Parkinson's Advisory Council and the ProjectSpark Foundation for their support and partnership on this initiative.