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Online Course

Coming soon in 2018!

Would you like to influence Parkinson's disease (PD) research and speed new treatments in your community? Participate in our four-part Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR) Online Course. This course will prepare you to understand the science of Parkinson's and the process that brings new treatments to market. This four-part course is part of Parkinson's Advocates in Research (PAIR) program. It contains key components of our in-person trainings to encourage community involvement in research. 

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 Foundation
New York, NY

Learning Objectives and Slides:

  • Understanding the process that brings new treatments to market, from pre-clinical to clinical studies.
  • The phases of clinical studies and what type of information is obtained through each.
  • Identifying the key players in clinical research and understand their respective roles.
  • 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:

  • Understanding the limitations of current Parkinson's treatments.
  • The differences between studies of symptomatic and neuroprotective treatments.
  • Understanding how observational studies help move PD research forward.
  • 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:

  • Challenges in identifying the causes of Parkinson's.
  • Understanding the difficulties in tracking the progression of Parkinson's.
  • How researchers are increasing their focus on non-motor symptoms.
  • Preview slides for part three

Part Four: Improving the Parkinson's Research Process

Faculty: Kim and Libbe Erickson
Parkinson's Foundation Research Advocates
Stillwater, MN

Learning Objectives and Slides:

  • Learn how research advocacy plays a key role developing better treatments at a faster pace.
  • The role you can play in research.
  • Available Parkinson's Foundation resourcesable.
  • Preview slides for part four

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Who Should Sign Up?

  • Those interested in the PAIR program 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 Parkinson's Foundation 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 about working with one of our 280 Research Advocates.

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