"With PDF's Advisory Council, I will ensure that patients understand their valuable role as members of the research team. As experts in our own disease, people living with Parkinson’s disease can offer insights to improve clinical trials."
Ms. Morgan is a registered pharmacist, currently working part-time managing a birth defects prevention program in Western North Carolina that she developed and implemented.
Ms. Morgan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005. Within 35 days of diagnosis, she had researched and founded the first clinical trial in which she was to participate, the beginning of her work in clinical research advocacy. In 2008, she joined PDF’s Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) program. As a PDF Research Advocate, she works to bring about better treatments at a faster pace. She has participated in over 25 trials varying from a blood draw and exam to a weeklong inpatient trial at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
She has spoken on the subject at regional and national as well as local Parkinson’s disease venues. On the same subject, she has been quoted in Time Magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal.
Ms. Morgan has served in many leadership roles in the Parkinson’s community, including the program planning committee of the Third World Parkinson Congress held in Montreal, Canada, in October 2013. At the WPC 2013, she presented in two sessions, including a workshop on, "How Researchers and People with Parkinson's Can Advance Clinical Trials Together." She also presented at the 2nd World Parkinson Congress in Scotland, in 2010.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later earned a Master in Business Administration from Western Carolina University.