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Parkinsonís Disease Foundation Invites Community to PAIR Up for Parkinsonís Research through 25 Nationwide Events

(New York, NY – April 20, 2012) The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation announces 25 nationwide "PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research" educational forums taking place this April during Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  The forums are led by individuals who are part of PDF’s Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) program in collaboration with community organizations and events.

PDF estimates that during the month of April alone, 5,000 people in the US will be diagnosed with Parkinson's.  Currently, there are no treatments that can prevent or reverse Parkinson's, but promising research is being conducted.  Before potential new treatments can be approved for use by people with Parkinson’s, volunteers living with and without Parkinson’s are first asked to participate in clinical studies for weeks, months and sometimes even years.

The PAIR Up for Parkinson’s Research forums provide information on the latest Parkinson’s research studies taking place in each community, along with tips for individuals who are deciding whether volunteering for a study is right for them.  The forums also recognize the volunteers who make new Parkinson’s treatments possible.

Each forum is led by one of PDF’s 156 Research Advocates, part of the PAIR program, who have all been trained in the science of Parkinson’s and the process that brings new treatments to market.

PDF Research Advocate Carolyn Weaver, who has already hosted several PAIR Up forums in Michigan in collaboration with support groups, noted, “Raising awareness about research is critical.  There is such promising research going on, and I am trying to convey how powerful the gift of participation is.  Every little part a person does makes a difference.  Together, we can really move research forward.”

Robin Anthony Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, added, “PDF has long supported the advancement of Parkinson’s clinical research, not simply by funding research, or by asking for participation, but by inviting people with Parkinson’s to become equal stakeholders alongside research professionals, government agencies and private industry. We are grateful to our Research Advocates for educating their communities this April about studies and helping people to ask the right questions before volunteering.  Most important, we thank those volunteers who have participated in studies.  It is because of you that we will succeed in finding new treatments to improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s.”

Several PAIR Up for Parkinson’s Research forums are listed below.  For further information, call (800) 457-6676, email info@pdf.org or visit www.pdf.org/pairup.

Nationwide PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research Forums


Thursday, April 19
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, Myrtle Beach, SC
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, Indianapolis, IN

Friday, April 20

PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, Portland, ME

Saturday, April 21
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, San Diego, CA
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, Bellevue, WA
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, Timonium, MD
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, New York, NY

Thursday, April 26
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, Stanwood, WA

Saturday, April 28
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, Houston, TX
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, Greenville, SC

Sunday, April 29
PAIR Up for Parkinson's Research, Poughkeepsie, NY

About Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson's.

About Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy.  We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $90 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $37 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

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Source Date: Dec 31 1969