After my Parkinson's diagnosis and facing a life with an incurable progressive disease, I turned to clinical trials as my way of fighting it. I joined my first trial within a few months of my diagnosis, and even though that trial failed, the data from it and its follow-up trials continue to provide new information to researchers.
In the US, 3-5% of people with cancer participate in clinical trials. And while the cancer community bemoans that low number, participation of people with Parkinson's (pwp) is even lower -- fewer than 1%.
What can we do to encourage more pwp to join the clinical research team and help us beat PD?