Date: March 2017
Author: Beth A. Vernaleo, PhD
Blog Editors: Michael S. Okun, MD, and Stella M. Papa, MD
In 2013, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) launched the Community Choice Research Award (CCRA), designed to advance research in areas that were identified as unmet needs within the PD community. People with Parkinson’s (PWP) and care partners (CP) were asked “what areas of research do you think scientists should be focusing on in order to make an impact in the PD community?” In 2015, over 300 people from eight countries responded with ideas.
One unmet need identified by many PWP and CP was addressing cognitive problems in PD and how to maintain cognitive function for as long as possible. As a result, the PDF organized a multidisciplinary working group of experts in several fields (Movement Disorders, Cognitive Neurology, Psychology, Social Work, Nutrition, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Aging) as well as members of the PD community to address this need, with a focus on non-pharmacological interventions. We asked Beth Vernaleo PhD, Associate Director of Research Programs for the PDF, to summarize the recommendations emerging from the meeting.
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