Just a few weeks ago, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s grants review committee – comprising scientists and patient advocates – took on the task of deciding which of the 200 research grant applications we received would be approved for funding. PDF had the resources to fund only 10 worthy projects. Researchers working on innovative, viable projects continually face the challenge of limited available funding. And funders, such as government agencies and foundations like PDF, have to make difficult choices based on available resources. How can PDF meet the challenge to find sufficient funds to support the most promising research in tough economic… Read More
Have you ever been part of a Parkinson’s research study? This Parkinson’s Awareness Month, PDF says thank you for helping to bring about better treatments at a faster pace. After all, the only way that new treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s can be found is by ordinary people taking the extraordinary step of volunteering in studies.
What makes PDF distinctive? As you may remember from September’s post, I am now answering such questions in my introductory letter for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s quarterly newsletters, and posting them on the PDF blog, so we can begin a conversation with you. In PDF’s recently published Winter 2013 issue, I discussed what makes us distinctive, what we call The PDF Way. How does it play out in our programs? The PDF Way In our research portfolio, The PDF Way means supporting the creative ideas brought to us by scientific teams and individuals — peer-reviewed and time-tested. We provide long-term support to… Read More
PDF Champion and Founder & CEO of Karma for a Cure, Margaux Minutolo, designs stylish t-shirts to benefit charities close to her heart. Ms. Minutolo designed this stylish “Peace” of Mind crop top to benefit the research efforts of PDF! With every purchase, 5% of the total sale will be donated to PDF. Ms. Minutolo designs will be featured and sold at PDF’s upcoming Carnaval event on Wednesday, January 30.
As we all give thanks at this time of year, we remind ourselves for what, and for whom, we are thankful. PDF is grateful now and always for our many supporters, volunteers, advocates and PDF Champions who are making a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s. We could not do our work without these individuals who raise awareness and funds in their communities. PDF’s programs seek to empower the community to be proactive in making a difference in the cause. One way we do this is by providing loved ones, family and friends with tools to raise awareness in their communities… Read More
Are you planning yet for April 2013? Sounds pretty early to plan for spring, but several months ago, PDF asked the community how we could better support you during April’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month 2013. You all had the same answer … start earlier! So, we are taking your advice. Today, we sent you an e-newsletter, letting you know about ways that you can plan now to make a difference next April. Our tips include ordering free supplies now, planning an event, entering the t-shirt design contest and taking the PDF Champions challenges. Some details on these ideas are below. Do… Read More