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Parkinsonís Disease Foundation Launches Online Course on Thursday, June 7 to Encourage Community Involvement in Research

WHAT: The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is pleased to launch an online course for people living with Parkinson’s, care partners and health care professionals.  The four-part course – an online component of PDF’s signature program, Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) – will prepare participants to work with their local communities in advancing research and speeding new treatments.

WHO: The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation joined by faculty members James Beck, Ph.D., Parkinson's Disease Foundation, New York, NY; Stewart A. Factor, D.O., and Melanie Pearson, Ph.D., Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research at Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Claire Henchcliffe, M.D., D.Phil., NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY; Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, M.D., Baylor School of Medicine, Houston, TX.  PDF supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people who are touched by Parkinson’s disease.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has invested more than $127 million in research, education and advocacy programs.

WHY: Parkinson’s disease affects nearly one million people in the United States.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is neither a cure for Parkinson’s, nor are there medications that can reverse its course.  This is due in part to delays in clinical trials testing new medications, which can take several years to complete.  PDF believes that to speed this process, people with Parkinson’s must be primary partners in research alongside researchers, government and industry.  PDF's Parkinson’s Advocates in Research program offers in-person trainings and an online course to provide individuals with the scientific knowledge and leadership skills needed to take research to the next level.

The course will launch with a live online audience via four separate sessions taking place on Thursday June 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET.  Individuals who participate in the live course can submit questions to faculty.  As of July 2012, the course will be available online for one year, free to the community.

WHERE: Participants can complete the course through PDF’s website,

HOW: To register, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, email, or visit Pre-registration is recommended.

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Source Date: Jun 05 2012