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Community Choice Research Award

Who Has the Next Big Idea for PD Research? You Do!

Which question about PD is most important for scientists to study? Share your priorities during April, and we will fund scientists to study one community-chosen research question.

In late 2013, PDF opened the first Community Choice Research Awards and selected two community priorities — fatigue and gastrointestinal dysfunction — to be studied with $15,000 grants. Now, it is time again for people with PD and care partners to make their voices heard. Download and share our postcard below and read a story from Anne, whose research idea was chosen for last year's award.

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About the Award

The PDF Community Choice Award supports research ideas that come from people who live with Parkinson’s disease. 

In 2014, after PDF's first Community Choice Research Award poll, we announced $30,000 in funding to address two disabling, yet under-recognized symptoms of Parkinson’s disease – fatigue and gastrointestinal dysfunction. The patient community identified these two areas as priorities for scientific research through our online survey, the results of which were reviewed by PDF’s scientific advisory board.  

PDF then gathered leaders in the field of Parkinson’s disease as well as specialists from related areas to assess where we are in understanding and treating these symptoms, and what needs to be done to move the field forward.

  • The first, focused on fatigue, was led by Joseph Friedman, M.D., professor of neurology in the Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, RI.
  • The second on gastrointestinal function was jointly led by Ronald Pfeiffer, M.D., professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN, and Eamonn Quigley, M.D., a gastroenterologist and Medical Director of The Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX.

Each meeting also involved people with Parkinson's who first recommended each topic as well as PDF Research Advocates. Results and recommendations are expected soon.

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PDF thanks its People with Parkinson's Advisory Council and the ProjectSpark Foundation for their support and partnership on this initiative.