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Taking part in Parkinson's Disease research

 

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Parkinson's disease

Taking part in Parkinson’s Disease research

People with Parkinson’s and their carers play an essential role in clinical research. Research helps us learn more about the condition, find the best possible drugs and explore new hopes for a cure.

If you are a patient, carer, or member of public with an interest in Parkinson’s Disease (PD), you can help research.

You can find current PD research studies and trials through our Be Part of Research website

For more information about how you can get involved in research, visit our pages for patients and the public.

Six facts about Parkinson’s Disease:

  1. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition
  2. People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine because some nerve cells in their brain have died
  3. Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things
  4. The loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear
  5. There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet know why people get the condition.
  6. Parkinson’s doesn’t directly cause people to die, but symptoms do get worse over time

For more information about Parkinson's Disease, visit Parkinson's UK.

What is it like to take part in Parkinson’s research?

Through our Network, anyone can get involved in research; you don’t need a scientific or research background. Lucy and Angus Norman, husband and wife from Oxfordshire, are currently taking part in a PD study. Watch their story below: