Take part in research

We're the driving force behind more than 50 years of groundbreaking research. You're the Parkinson's community. Together, we can transform lives.

Researchers need both people with and without Parkinson's to take part in research. Without volunteers, progress in Parkinson’s research would be impossible. 

Our Take Part Hub above allows you to search for local research. Simply type in your postcode, click your address, and hit search to find a range of opportunities.

Only want to see research that you can take part in from home? Just interested in research about treatments and therapies? You can use 'Filter by' to see research studies that are right for you. 

Important note: Some of the studies you can take part in from home are listed on the hub multiple times. We're working hard to fix this issue. Stay tuned. 

Once you've found something interesting just contact the researcher or research centre nearest you, their details are at the bottom of each research page.

The researchers managing each study will be able to give you more in-depth information. If you have any queries, qualms, or concerns please do ask. They should make your research visit as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Most research studies on the Take Part Hub are not managed or funded by Parkinson's UK. The information we provided is only for your consideration.

Why do some research studies offer payment for taking part?

Some clinical trials may state that they will offer payment for volunteers taking part. This could be for a number of reasons. Some trials may offer to cover the costs of travel to a study site, while others might offer a more substantial payment if they require more time or inconvenience for the participant. 

Trials which offer larger payments may require:

  • A large time commitment such as overnight stays
  • Restrictions such as no alcohol or caffeine for the duration 
  • Medical procedures such as a lumbar puncture 

The reason for payments may differ between each clinical trial. Please do get in touch with the lead researcher if you have any queries or concerns.

You can pick and choose

"It was interesting and exciting to be doing something completely different. You're made to feel that you are contributing.

"You can pick and choose - there's lots of projects. It's something that anybody can do."

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