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Parkinson's Disease Foundation Launches Community Choice Research Award

Invites Patient Community to Choose Research Grant

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is pleased to launch the PDF Community Choice Research Award with a pool of $30,000 available to leading scientists to research questions chosen by members of the Parkinson’s disease community. PDF invites people with Parkinson’s and loved ones to submit their research priorities between 9:00 AM ET on Monday, September 30 and 5:00 PM ET on Friday, October 4. To learn more and submit your priority, visit

“The PDF Community Choice Research Award allows scientists to hear directly from people with Parkinson’s disease, like me, about what is important to us.  As a community, we are posing questions.  PDF will then choose one and fund a scientific team to answer it,” said Diane Cook, member of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council and board member of ProjectSpark, which is partnering with PDF to launch the award.

The PDF Community Choice Research Award is the first in the community to be driven entirely by people who are touched by Parkinson’s disease.  It is part of $5 million in annual funding that PDF awards to reveal causes, advance therapies and end Parkinson’s disease.

“We at PDF cannot dictate where the cure is going to come from,” said PDF President Robin Anthony Elliott.  “Our philosophy is to empower stakeholders in the field to ask the answers and find the answers.  We are proud that with the PDF Community Choice Award, we are crowd sourcing new ideas from those who matter most – the people who live with Parkinson’s disease each day.”

For five days, people with Parkinson’s and care partners are invited to submit one research priority question in-person, by voting at PDF’s booth #1411 at this week’s World Parkinson Congress in Montreal, online by visiting or by phone by calling (800) 457-6676.

PDF will announce its chosen research question in early 2014.  The person who submits the question will help to select and work directly with the research team funded to answer it.  See the PDF website for complete rules and regulations regarding this award.

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

About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the United States and seven to 10 million people worldwide.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease.

About PDF Research
Central to the mission of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is our commitment to funding research that is focused on three results: revealing causes, advancing therapies and ending Parkinson’s disease.  In the calendar year 2013, PDF will contribute a total of $5 million towards Parkinson’s disease research programs, funding three research centers, 40 scientific projects and 10 clinical fellows around the world.  A full list of this year’s research projects is available on the PDF website at       

About the ProjectSpark Foundation®
The Project Spark Foundation® seeks to complement the efforts of other institutions focused on Parkinson’s disease by finding points of leverage where a “spark” can ignite the actions needed to move forward.  Based on a belief that creative thinking and effective outreach will help to make a difference, ProjectSpark supports innovative solutions, creative opportunities and collaborative ventures.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)
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 disease by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson’s disease through educational programs and services.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $100 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $42 million to support national education and advocacy programs.


Source Date: Sep 30 2013