PAIR Online Course

Would you like to influence Parkinson's research and speed new treatments in your community? Participate in PDF's four-part Parkinson's Advocates in Research Online Course. This course will prepare you to understand the science of Parkinson's and the process that brings new treatments to market.


About the Four-Part Course

This course is part of PDF's signature program, Parkinson's Advocates in Research. It contains key components of our in-person trainings to encourage community involvement in research. 

Parkinson’s 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 PAIR 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.


Topics and Learning Objectives

After you sign up, you can complete the following four parts of the course in order, at your convenience. Each one is an hour-long, including a presentation and recorded Q&A session with a live audience.

Part One: How Parkinson’s Research is Conducted

Faculty: James Beck, Ph.D.
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
New York, NY

Learning Objectives and Slides:

  • Understand the process that brings new treatments to market, from pre-clinical to clinical studies.
  • Describe the phases of clinical studies and what type of information is obtained through each.
  • Identify the key players in clinical research and understand their respective roles.
  • Click here to preview slides for part one

Part Two: What’s in the Parkinson’s Pipeline?

Faculty: Claire Henchcliffe, M.D., D.Phil.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Learning Objectives and Slides:

  • Understand the limitations of current Parkinson’s treatments.
  • Describe the difference between studies of symptomatic and neuroprotective treatments.
  • Understand how observational studies help move Parkinson’s research forward.
  • Click here to preview slides for part two

Part Three: Current Scientific Challenges in Parkinson's Research

Faculty: Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Learning Objectives and Slides:

  • Learn about challenges in identifying the causes of Parkinson’s.
  • Understand the difficulties in tracking the progression of Parkinson’s.
  • Learn how researchers are increasing their focus on non-motor symptoms.
  • Click here to preview slides for part three

Part Four: Improving the Parkinson's Research Process

Faculty: Kim and Libbe Erickson, PDF Research Advocates, Stillwater, MN

Learning Objectives and Slides:

  • Learn why research advocacy is important in bringing about better
    treatments at a faster pace
  • Understand the role you can play in research
  • Know what Parkinson's Disease Foundation resources are available
  • Click here to preview slides for part four

Who Should Sign Up?

  • Those who are interested in PDF's Parkinson's Advocates in Research program, but who would like more information before applying for an in-person training.
  • Those who may not be able to commit their time to being a PDF Research Advocate, but who would still like to contribute to Parkinson's Advocates in Research.

How to Complete the Course, Obtain Your Certificate and Get Involved

This course has four parts. Each part of this course is approximately one-hour long, including a presentation and a Q&A session. You can complete each part of the course 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At the end of each session, you will be asked to complete several review questions.

When you sign up for the course, you are automatically registered for all four sessions. You do not need to sign up for each one individually.

Please note that this course was launched in front of a LIVE online audience. If you viewed parts of the LIVE course, but need to complete others, you can do so now by viewing the recordings. 

Within 48 hours of completing your final session set of review questions, you will receive a certificate via email and be contacted by PDF about working with one of our 180 Research Advocates.

Would you like to learn more about why Parkinson's Advocates in Research is so important?

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