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Michael J. Fox Foundation Announces Launch of PD Online Research
Date:6/1/2009

Key content elements of PDOR include:

  • PD Guide -- a continuously updated Parkinson's disease information model that seamlessly delivers all relevant information contained within the site based on users' paths through the content
  • PD Biblio -- a compendium of PD papers in the scientific literature annotated with members' commentary and debate on the authors' assumptions, arguments, and outcomes
  • Virtual Workspaces -- members are free to form or join groups that serve as virtual collaboration hubs within a laboratory or institution, or beyond institutional borders with PD Online members around the world interested in a particular topic
  • Comprehensive listings of funding opportunities and scientific events in PD research and related fields

PD Online Research content is offered as a free resource to the general public. But since MJFF's primary focus is on building a technical hub for Parkinson's research, only scientists, clinicians, allied healthcare professionals directly engaged in scientific research, and investment decision-makers interested in Parkinson's disease in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors will have the ability to post directly to the site. Other interested parties, including people with Parkinson's and their families and members of the general public, will have the ability to read content and discussions and are invited to submit ideas and questions about PD science and therapeutic development to the PD Online team, who will add this input to the PD Online mix where it can help drive discussion and debate forward.

"PD Online will be successful if we can develop a committed and active community all tied to the same goal of accelerating a cure," said Gene Johnson, PhD, chief scientific advisor to MJFF. "But community members really need to believe in the value of the site not only for the
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