10,000 people without Parkinson's needed for online study

The UK-wide Predict PD study, funded by Parkinson's UK, is seeking 10,000 people aged 60-80 without Parkinson's to find clues to the very earliest stages of the condition.

The aim of this ambitious study, led by Queen Mary University of London and University College London, is to help us understand who may be more likely to get Parkinson's and develop tools that can identify individuals at high risk.

The key to better treatments?

Earlier diagnosis could open up exciting new avenues to test treatments that may slow or stop the condition – something no current treatment can do.

This could help to accelerate the development of treatments to help people living with the condition today as well as those who may be diagnosed in the future.

Dr Alastair Noyce, Queen Mary University of London, said: 

"One of the reasons we have yet to identify a drug that can slow or stop Parkinson's is because we can't test these treatments early enough, when they’re likely to have the greatest impact."

Professor Anette Schrag, from University College London, added:

"Predicting Parkinson's would allow us to identify people in those crucial early stages, helping us to develop and deliver new and better treatments."

What does taking part involve?

This online study involves completing:

  • a questionnaire about your health and medical history 
  • simple web-based tasks such as a tapping test on your computer keyboard

Completing the questionnaire and tasks should take approximately 30 minutes and you'll be invited to participate again on a regular basis so the researchers can track any changes.

In future, you may be asked to complete a smell test and spit test (for genetics) sent through the post, and perhaps wear an activity watch. Some participants will also be invited for in-person visits.

For further information and to register visit predictpd.com