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Taking part in Parkinson's Disease research


Published: 31 May 2019

Version: May 2019 / 1.0

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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 and through the Parkinson’s UK Take Part Hub.

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

More ways to get involved in Parkinson’s research

The Parkinson’s UK Research Support Network provides the latest news, events and opportunities to take part and shape research.

Parkinson’s Movement is an initiative of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust which aims to inform and encourage people to read about, participate in or contribute to Parkinson’s research.

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 the Parkinson's UK website.