Your Guide To Parkinson's Clinical Trials

Getting Involved is Critical!

 Currently there is no cure for Parkinson's disease and although there is a dedicated community of researchers and physicians working towards finding better treatments and ultimately that elusive cure, their efforts will not be successful without our participation.  In order to make an informed decision on how you can contribute to this process, you must educate yourself on what is involved, what you can expect, what the advantages and potential risks are and of course how to find a suitable clinical research study.  The articles that make up this guide should help you do just that.

Why Participate in Clinical Trials

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 It can take 15 to 20 years and over 1 billion dollars investment for a neurological drug to get from the laboratory to the pharmacy shelf and much of that time and investment goes towards clinical trials which cannot be successful without enough clinical trial recruitment. This among other motivating factors are considered.

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Types of Parkinson's Clinical Trials

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There are many different types of clinical trials that you can participate in to help increase our understanding of Parkinson's disease and how to treat it.  These can range from observational trials to treatment trials and are classified as Phase I through Phase IV. Learn more about the types of trials that you may wish to be involved with.

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The Parkinson's Drug Development Process

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The drug development process heralding a new medication from the laboratory to the pharmacy is a long and tedious journey.  Learn how an idea becomes a reality - it's not a simple process, one that spans decades and requires a hefty investment.

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How To Find Clinical Trials in Parkinson's Disease

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 Once you've decided to participate in clinical trials, the search begins. How do you find an appropriate clinical study that you qualify for and is in your geographical area? Your options and the resources that are available are explored.

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The Pros and Cons of Participating in a Parkinson's Clinical Trial

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 In order to make an informed decision about whether to participate in a clinical trial, you must consider the advantages and disadvantages involved. If and only if the benefits outnumber the downside, should you consider becoming part of a clinical study.

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Parkinson's Clinical Trials - FAQs

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Whether or not to participate in a clinical trial is not an easy decision.  Are they safe?  Can I stop once I start?  What are my rights?  Do I still see my own doctor?  These and other questions are explored.

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Helpful Guide to the Language of Clinical Trials

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When you enter the world of medical research, you may encounter a number of study terms that you may not understand.  Many of the commonly used ones are defined here.

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Myths and Misconceptions About Clinical Trials in Parkinson's Disease


Lack of clinical trial participation is a real problem in Parkinson's disease research.  Part of the problem are the misconceptions or myths about the whole process. 

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Profile of an Innovator - Helping to Advance Parkinson's Research

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 This is the first article in a series, “From the Front Lines” which will profile those involved in the field of Parkinson’s disease research in an effort to promote greater understanding of clinical trials and how each of us can contribute to the search for better treatments and a cure.

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Clinical research success depends on us...

In order for a Parkinson's medication to make it from the laboratory to the pharmacy, it dan take decades and a significant monetary investment. Without clinical trial participation, these ideas will never become reality and unfortunately we will continue to live with the challenges that this neurodegenerative disease brings. So please consider participating or promoting clinical trial enrolment. We are part of the solution.

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