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ParkinsonTulip: 10 Advances in 2010

Because of your support this year, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) has been able to continue our work in the Parkinson’s community.  

The ten advacements listed below, are all part of PDF's ultimate mission: to understand and find the cure to Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders; and, for as long as this search continues, to ensure that those individuals and families who live with Parkinson's are able to achieve and maintain the best possible quality of life.

What did we accomplish?


PDF Advances in 2010

  1.  Funded $5.5 million in Parkinson’s research – including grants to 37 individual investigators, 39 fellows and the scientific teams at three major academic centers – whose creative and novel ideas will bring us closer to finding new treatments and a cure.
  2. Ensured that the findings of Parkinson’s research are accessible to everyone by launching a “What Does it Mean?” news feature and blog entitled, Parkinson’s Insights, both of which provide space to translate research news, offer updates on scientific meetings and feature guest posts by community members.
  3. Distributed 100,000 educational publications and advised, through our National HelpLine, thousands of people with Parkinson’s, family members and health care professionals from all 50 states and six continents, on issues relating to diagnosis, treatment, care partner concerns and more.
  4. Welcomed the participation of our friends online, with 10,000 viewing at least one of six innovative online educational seminars; and thousands more sharing their stories, creative works, photos and videos with each other on, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
  5. Expanded our network of PDF research advocates to include more than 100 individuals who have been trained through the Clinical Research Learning Institute and who are now ready to play a part in Parkinson’s therapy development.
  6. Led a community effort to develop an online nursing course, Parkinson’s Disease Across the Lifespan: A Roadmap for Nurses, for which 4,000 nurses have now registered and are learning about the latest in Parkinson’s care.
  7. Showed the world the impact of Parkinson’s through the unveiling of the first Parkinson’s Quilt, featuring panels created by more than 600 people, at the 2nd World Parkinson Congress, in Glasgow, Scotland.
  8. Advocated for a larger recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April, ensuring that the Parkinson’s community rises to the forefront of the national consciousness, by distributing our message to more than 100,000 people through our Awareness Month toolkit, print and online campaigns and a community designed t-shirt contest.
  9. Advanced our research, education and advocacy programs under the advisement of our People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, now in its fifth year – the first group of its kind in the Parkinson’s community.
  10. Earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator once again, making PDF the only Parkinson’s Charity to receive both this and the Charity Seal of Approval from the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

In 2011, with your help, PDF will continue to support you and your loved ones with Parkinson’s through our research, education and advocacy programs.  Please accept our appreciation for your support and our best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.  

Robin Anthony Elliott

Executive Director

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Learn More about Our Work

If you would like to learn more about the work you help to fund, browse PDF’s annual report online or call us at (800) 457-6676 for a print copy.

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