Research Opportunities

This page will be updated with opportunities for you to get involved in Parkinson’s research, including clinical trials and research events.


Can a sticky medication patch help prevent falls in Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s UK need you! The aim of this research project is to determine whether an already licensed drug can help to prevent falls. The research trial will be happening at sites across the UK or you can take part from home. Click here to find out more about this opportunity. This opportunity is available until 31st August 2022.

Speech Research Opportunity

Could you help other people with Parkinson’s by recording your voice
reading a few paragraphs and talking about your hobbies or interests?
Paul Gadd, Director of Protocol IT, is looking for volunteers with Parkinson’s to help record some speech to create an Artificial Intelligence network for converting speech to text. He is undertaking a project to train a neural network to convert speech to text for those living with Parkinson’s Disease. He is based on the campus at Loughborough University and is seeking volunteers from those living with Parkinson’s whose speech might be suitable for recording to then help train a neural network to learn how to interpret slurred or difficult to understand speech. In order to train the neural network, he needs to obtain 600 hours of speech from 30-40 PwP over the next 6-12 months to provide enough accuracy.  Recording can either take place on campus Loughborough University, or he can visit your home to record your speech for about 30-45 minutes, then return every 3-4 months to record
changes to your speech. If you are interested in taking part, please email
info@protocolit.co.uk or call 01509 278645.
More details are available at: http://www.protocolit.co.uk/parkinsons-speech-research/


Singing and Exercise Workshop
Dr Yoon Irons, a Research Fellow at the University of Derby, is hosting a Singing and Exercise workshop on Monday 11th July at 14:00. Please see the adjacent flier for further details and how to RSVP to Dr Irons.


Investigating how often hallucinations occur in people with Parkinson’s and if they impact thinking tasks
Mr Louis Albert, Dr Jevita Potheegadoo and the research team in the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at EPFL, Switzerland, are investigating the consequences of hallucinations on changes to people’s thinking and memory. The aim of the research is to better understand who experiences hallucinations and what impact this has on the progression of Parkinson’s.

The researcher’s need 500 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s who are over 18 years of age and have access to the internet. You do not need to experience hallucinations to take part in this research.  The team are also looking for people without Parkinson’s who are aged 50 years or older.

You will need to complete a one-off online questionnaire that should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. For more information, please go to the trial website and click translate into English (select EN on the top right corner of the webpage).


Nordic Walking & Parkinson’s Disease- February 2022 until July 2022
Understanding the impact, accessibility, and diversity of Nordic Walking in People with Parkinson’s disease after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sarah is recording quantitative data about motor and non-motor symptoms as well as qualitative data ( field notes/ themes). She has set up new community Nordic walking classes on a Thursday afternoon around the beautiful lake at Highfields Park (Nottingham). She is aiming to recruit 40-60 people with Parkinson’s. Sarah is already running 2 classes with the first 20 participants!

For more information visit: www.nordicwalkingforparkinsons.org.uk

To contact Sarah about this opportunity, email: sarah.parkes007@gmail.com

To download the participant information sheet, click the download button below.

The first results from Sarah McCracken are now in! See the poster opposite for details.

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