Launched in 2018, the Take Part Hub is a one-stop shop for all the latest opportunities to take part in Parkinson's research.
Now, with researchers turning their attention to better understand the impact of coronavirus on all those affected by Parkinson's, there are several opportunities that both people with and without Parkinson's may be interested in.
Taking part in research
Across the country and wider afield, many research projects involving face-to-face visits are on hold to keep people safe. But Parkinson's researchers are finding creative ways to continue their vital work.
A great example of this is the Parkinson’s UK-funded Predict-PD study. This mainly online study is following people aged 60–80 who do not have Parkinson’s and is continuing despite current challenges.
It aims to spot the very subtle, early warning signs of the condition. Using data collected in the study, including results from smell tests sent out in the post, the team hope to develop ways to accurately predict who will go on to be diagnosed in the future.
Other studies that involve activities people can take part in from home are also continuing. All these studies are on our Take Part Hub, and today we're highlighting several new opportunities that have been added in the past few weeks.
New research added to the Hub
In addition to Parkinson's UK and Lancaster University's survey of the impact of coronavirus, which remains open for people to fill in until Sunday 17 May, there are now other ways you can help researchers understand the impact of coronavirus.
- The effect of social distancing and self-isolation on people with Parkinson’s
- Adapting to caring and coping during the coronavirus crisis
- The role of lifestyle factors in fall risk during the lockdown
Liz Nash, Research Support Network Manager, said:
"We know these are challenging times. The long-term impacts of the pandemic on research are hard to predict but we are hugely impressed by the efforts of the whole research community to continue research as best they can.
"Whatever happens, our mission to deliver better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s will not change. And our Research Support Network can help connect you to the latest research news, events and opportunities by email.
"We have a range of information and support to help you during this challenging time. Our friendly helpline advisers are also available to take your call if you have any concerns, questions, or need further advice."
Help us understand the impact of coronavirus on people affected by Parkinson's
Parkinson’s UK is working with researchers at Lancaster University to understand more about how people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones are affected by the coronavirus. Our survey is open until Sunday 17 May.
Or for more information and support at this challenging time visit our coronavirus information.