Why should you apply to Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR)? We will let our Research Advocates, who have all gone through the three-day Learning Institute, share their thoughts with you.


Mary Bova"Since I became a PDF Research Advocate in 2010, I have worked with some interesting people from all over the world. Unless we, people with Parkinson's, get out and participate in research studies, our dreams of new and better treatments and a cure will never be realized."
Mary Bova, Bensalem, PA


Kim EricksonLibbe Erickson  "Life-changing! The impressive speakers prepared us well to launch into Parkinson's research advocacy!

We really feel we have made an impact in the year since the PAIR Learning Institute!" 
Kim and Libbe Erickson, Stillwater, MN


"I found my involvement within the Parkinson's community took off exponentially as a result of the PAIR Learning Institute. It opened numerous doors and introduced me to people with PD, care partners and scientists that I now consider lifelong friends. I cope with this disease by keeping myself involved, by trying to make a difference and find a cure faster. The Learning Institute gave me the edge to be involved on a national level - it's clear that the research community recognizes the expertise of those who are trained through the PAIR Learning Institute.  We are being heard as experts voices in the PD community! Thank you PDF."
Linda Morgan, R.Ph., M.B.A., Asheville, NC


"My wife (who lives with Parkinson's) and I learned a lot about Parkinson's disease, its treatment, and clinical research during the PAIR Learning Institute.  It also opened the door for my appointment to the FDA's Peripheral & Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee, where I will be directly involved in the approval process for new PD drugs."
Rich Hoffman, Pharm.D., Hernando, FL



Karen Smith"I was continually amazed by the ingenuity of the other people attending the PAIR Learning Institute.  When faced with living with a chronic debilitating disease, my fellow Research Advocates did not sit back in their easy chair to see what the disease would throw them.  Instead they threw their hats in the arena and began the fight. I saw for the first time the power of the collective soul, so many individuals living with the disease, determined that through their advocacy efforts a difference would be made."
Karen Smith, Evansville, IN