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Parkinson's Advocates in Research

Parkinson's Advocates in Research

Parkinson's Advocates in Research

Find a Training

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR). Through this program, you too can help to bring about better treatments at a faster pace.

The first step is to apply to one of our Learning Institutes, intensive three-day trainings designed for people with Parkinson's and care partners.  Applications are now closed for our next training March 2014, but those interested in becoming Research Advocates can take our online course here to prepare and email us at to inquire further about future trainings.



The PDF Learning Institutes are three-day trainings designed to prepare people living with Parkinson’s and care partners for work as Research Advocates. 

They provide the opportunity to learn from experts in the field 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.

What will you do after the Learning Institute?  Each person who completes a Learning Institute takes on the role of PDF Research Advocate and works under the umbrella of Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR).  

All PDF Research Advocates work closely with fellow advocates, PDF staff and local institutions to find ways to change research. Research Advocates also receive continuing support, education and networking opportunities.  

See Sample Learning Institute Curriculum/Schedule


Upcoming Learning Institutes

Applications are now closed for the next Learning Institute. Typically, applicants must be from the United States. Applicants must be either living with Parkinson's themselves or care partners of people with Parkinson's.

Thursday, March 6 - Saturday, March 8, 2014
Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center
Florham Park, NJ

Apply to the Learning Institute

What will you need to prepare to apply to one of PDF's Learning Institutes?

The online application asks you to tell us about yourself.  The application may ask for:

  • your answers to a few short essay questions about your clinical research involvement, why you wish to attend the Learning Institute, and your initial thoughts about your future role as a PDF Research Advocate.
  • a request for a copy of your resume, or, if unavailable, you will be asked to provide a brief listing of your relevant positions and employers, volunteer experience and educational history.
  • reference(s), hopefully someone who can comment on your clinical research interest and experience. This may be an employer, physician, study coordinator, researcher, leader in the Parkinson's community, etc.

For those who are selected to attend any of the Learning Institutes, all expenses (registration, travel, hotel, accommodation, meals, etc.) will be covered by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.


Contact Us

If you would like to be contacted when more information is available about the Learning Institutes in your region, please contact David Blomquist, Senior Coordinator, National Programs, at (800) 457-6676 or and sign up for our mailing list.  In the meantime, if you're interested in the program, consider participating in the Parkinson's Advocates in Research online course here.