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Training Dates & Locations

Parkinson’s Foundation Learning Institute in Collaboration with Emory University’s DREAMS Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time as a Research Advocate. The first step to serving as a Research Advocate is to apply for a spot at the four-day Learning Institute. At this training, participants will learn about Parkinson’s research and gain leadership and advocacy skills to confidently interact with researchers and the community.

Applications are no longer being accepted for this program.


Parkinson’s Foundation and University of Minnesota Morris K. Udall Center for Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research are collaborating on the 2019 Learning Institute. 

Parkinson's Foundation and University of Minnesota are entering this unique collaboration  focused on medical device research for Parkinson's disease. Since 2008, Parkinson’s Foundation has trained over 300 volunteer Research Advocates who form the cornerstone of the Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR) program. Parkinson’s Foundation Research Advocates speed the discovery of new therapies by prioritizing research, improving studies and influencing stakeholders. The University of Minnesota Udall Center is working to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease through the development of new deep brain stimulation therapies. By bringing these teams together, the Parkinson's Foundation and the Udall Center will ensure people living with Parkinson's disease and their care partners have a central voice in DBS research and the device development process.

Before moving forward with your application, be sure to browse Frequently Asked Questions here, which discuss details of the application process, the Learning Institute and what it means to volunteer as a Research Advocate. 

Sample Curriculum

Training and Locations

  • Applications will open March 2019, for the next Learning Institute in Minneapolis, MN June 2019.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the Parkinson’s Advocates in Research program please contact Parkinson’s Foundation at or (800) 473 4636.

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