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"As a person with Parkinson's, I have been part of 25 clinical trials. But these trials aren't producing the treatments so urgently needed for Parkinson's. The solution? See patients as members of the research team who can offer insights to improve trials. After all, if research is a lottery, it is the patients who are playing to win."

- Linda Morgan, R.Ph., M.B.A., PDF Research Advocate, Asheville, NC

Help Change Research

Do you want to help bring about better treatments for Parkinson’s at a faster pace? If so, apply for a spot at the Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) Learning Institute, taking place in March 2014.

Parkinson’s Advocates in Research Learning Institute

What: Apply to this three-day training where you will learn from experts in the field about the science of Parkinson’s and the process that brings new treatments to market. Gain leadership and advocacy skills to interact with the scientific community. At the close of training, take on the role of PDF Research Advocate and join a national network of 200+ volunteers from 42 states who are actively changing research.

When: Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Where: Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center, Florham Park, NJ

Who: Hosted by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. For those who are selected, all expenses (registration, travel, hotel accommodation, meals, etc.) will be covered by PDF.

Why: Despite promising research, there is neither a cure for PD nor are there medications that can reverse its course. But there can be. To get there, people with Parkinson’s must be primary partners in research alongside scientists, industry and government. As a signature program of PDF, Parkinson’s Advocates in Research is making this partnership a reality.

How: Apply online via by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, December 16. Enrollment is limited. Advocates must live in the United States and should be prepared to commit at least five hours a month to research advocacy work. PDF will accept applications from people who live with Parkinson’s and from teams of people with Parkinson’s and care partners.
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