PDF Contributing Author:

Robin Elliott

Bio

Robin Elliott has led the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Inc. (PDF) since October 1996. In the last 17 years, Mr. Elliott’s vision has ushered in a new age for PDF, fortifying PDF’s programs of research, education and advocacy for the Parkinson’s community. Under his leadership, the professional staff has grown from just four full-time employees to more than 20 and the PDF budget has more than tripled, rising from $2.7 million in 1996 to over $10 million in fiscal year 2013. To learn more about Mr. Elliott, see his full biography at www.pdf.org/bio_elliott.

Articles by this Author:


Notes from a Day Spent Listening to Scientists Judging PDF Research Applications

Last Friday, March 16, was the occasion for reviewing applications for PDF’s International Research Grants program and Research Fellowships programs. Before us were some 30 proposals from some of the best young (and not-so-young) scientific investigators in the world. As I sat there in the meeting as an observer, listening to the members of our scientific review committee as they made their comments and pronounced their judgments, I found myself scribbling notes on what seemed to be the principles on which they were basing their decisions. What they were saying, it seemed to me, said a lot about how we… read more Read More

Bruce and Bob

“It’s incredible how far we have come in 12 years!” The venue for this quotation was the cavernous Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey at 2 AM last Sunday morning, at the conclusion of a six-hour rock concert before a capacity crowd. The event was the latest production of Light of Day Foundation, the brainchild of Bob Benjamin, a former music publicist and producer. Light of Day’s purpose is to raise money for scientific research on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological disorders through fundraising concerts – initially on the Jersey Shore, and more recently through tours in Europe… read more Read More

The LARGE PD Study Team

A few months back, Dr. James Beck, PDF’s Director of Research Programs attended the annual Movement Disorder Society annual meeting. Among the many scientific sessions and meetings, was a gathering of the team behind LARGE- PD, the Latin American Research Consortium on the Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease. Just today that team sent us a photo of that meeting – where they discussed their investigations into Parkinson’s and genetics in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay. They are led in these efforts by Cyrus Zabetian, M.D., M.S., of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Learn more about this study

Thank You, Brilliant Challenge Raises $400,000

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is very excited to announce that it has raised $400,000 through the Irving G. Brilliant Parkinson’s Research Challenge, all of which will be directed towards Parkinson’s research programs. It was only because of your support – our donors and friends to whom the fight against Parkinson’s is a priority – that we were able to surpass our original goal. How did we do it? Here’s our story behind the challenge. March, The Challenge Begins!As you may remember, on March 30, PDF announced the launch of the challenge, by Mr. Brilliant, a businessman from Brooklyn, New… read more Read More

Light of Day Foundation Donates $60,000, Irving G. Brilliant Doubles Challenge

Bob Benjamin, a leader in Parkinson’s fundraising and head of the Light of Day Foundation, contacted PDF this week to let us know that the foundation is donating $60,000 this month – raised from its Light of Day Concerts – to the Irving G. Brilliant Parkinson’s Research Challenge. While this brought PDF well past its initial goal of $100,000 (all of which Mr. Brilliant promised to match), the news got even better. Upon hearing about Mr. Benjamin’s gift, Mr. Brilliant DOUBLED his challenge. If PDF reaches $200,000 by Thursday, June 30, Mr. Brilliant will match every single gift to benefit… read more Read More

James Parkinson’s Legacy

Next Monday, April 11, we will be observing the 256th anniversary of the birth of James Parkinson, the English scientist whose masterpiece of medical observation – An Essay on the Shaking Palsy, published in 1817 – defined the condition that we know today as Parkinson’s disease. What do we know about this man? Why was he so important? Well, first off, free yourself of any image you may have of James Parkinson as a medical scientist who spent his whole career studying movement disorders. He was actually one of those Renaissance men and women who roamed England and Western Europe… read more Read More