One newer tool for Parkinson’s patients, families, and those passionate about finding a cure for the disease is the Fox Trial Finder. Here’s their mission:
Fox Trial Finder was created by the Michael J. Fox Foundation to help increase the flow of willing participants — both people with Parkinson’s and control participants who do not have Parkinson’s — into the clinical trials that need them, accelerating the Parkinson’s drug development process.
Clinical trials are a final and crucial step on the path to developing better treatments for Parkinson’s patients today. Around the world, between 40% and 70% of trials face delays because of a lack of volunteers.
Fox Trial Finder will not only list ongoing PD clinical trials and research studies, but will match registrants to the trials that need them and are best-suited to their specific traits. Fox Trial Finder also has a secure and anonymous messaging system, making it much easier to find and act on suitable opportunities to get involved.
By signing up for the Fox Trial Finder, you’ll get matched to trials every time you login. As they expand and update their system, you’ll receive email alerts when they have a new trial match. Most trials for our area are located in major areas like Los Angeles and San Francisco, which would be hard for many of us to travel to for participation. However, some trials can be done by mail (like the Smell Survey) and via one time appointments (like for DNA marker mapping.) In the second half of 2013, a new research center was opened up in downtown Fresno by UCSF. We’re hoping it’ll bring some of UCSF’s amazing work for PD to the valley!