Training Dates & Locations

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time as a Research Advocate with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).

The first step to serving as a PDF Research Advocate is to apply for a spot at one of our intensive three-day Learning Institutes.

Currently, applications are not open for future Learning Institute. Please contact our team at if you have interest in participating.


Since 2008, PDF has trained 280 volunteer Research Advocates who form the cornerstone of the Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) program. PDF Research Advocates are pairing up more than 500 research professionals and support groups to help bring about better treatments at a faster pace.

To join this network, individuals must first attend an intensive three-day PAIR Learning Institute to learn about the science of Parkinson’s and the process that brings new treatments to market; and to gain leadership and advocacy skills to confidently interact with the scientific community.

Before moving forward with your application, be sure to browse our Frequently Asked Questions here, which discuss details of the application process, the Learning Institute and what it means to volunteer as a PDF Research Advocate. 

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the Parkinson’s Advocates in Research program please contact PDF at (800) 457-6676 or