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Parkinson's Community Choice Research award

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Community Choice Research Award

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

PDF is pleased to announce $30,000 in funding through its first Community Choice Research Awards 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 an online survey administered in 2013, the results of which were reviewed by PDF’s scientific advisory board.  

PDF is gathering 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, will be 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 will be 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 will involve the person with Parkinson's who first recommended each topic as well as a PDF Research Advocate. Results and recommendations are expected in fall 2014.

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PDF thanks the ProjectSpark Foundation for their support and partnership on this initiative.