Navigation Links
New Michael J. Fox Foundation Initiative Will Drive Development of Web-Based Tools to Increase Patient Participation in Parkinson's Clinical Trials

NEW YORK, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing efforts to develop research tools that can speed the availability of life-transforming treatments for Parkinson's disease, The Michael J. Fox Foundation announced the launch of its Web-based Clinical Assessment Program. Under this initiative, the Foundation seeks to drive the creation and testing of Web-based tools that would allow any patient with a personal computer and an Internet connection to participate in clinical research from the comfort of their own home.

Historically, clinical research in Parkinson's and other diseases has required patients to travel, often several hours or more, for in-person interviews, examinations and tests. This is a burden for anyone living with a disease, and takes an incredible toll on people with PD, where unpredictable motor and non-motor effects, as well as the efficacy and side effects of medication, vary from day to day.

"A Web-based clinical assessment can never entirely take the place of face-to-face interactions between patients and researchers," said Katie Hood, CEO of MJFF. "But as a supplemental measure it could heighten efficiency and help speed progress toward new treatments by increasing, for a given trial, the amount and breadth of information from which to draw conclusions."

Added Todd Sherer, PhD, the Foundation's vice president of research programs: "In addition to increasing the participation of individuals who might otherwise not realistically be able to take part due to travel, a Web-based clinical assessment could provide a more complete picture of symptoms by introducing the ability to test certain functions at home and throughout the day."

Ideal applications for this initiative will focus on three deliverables: the development of an assessment tool that will be available to patients through the Internet; the creation of a technological infrastructure through which patients will be able to access this tool; and the design and implementation of a pilot study to test efficacy.

The program will provide up to $1 million in funding for Web-based clinical assessments of various motor and/or non-motor symptoms of PD for up to two years. Pre-proposals will be reviewed by the Foundation's scientific staff and a panel of scientific experts and must be submitted online by May 14, 2008. Information about submitting pre-proposals online can be found on the Foundation's Web site ( Applicants whose pre-proposals are determined to meet the review criteria will be invited to submit full application proposals. Funding is anticipated by October 2008.

A conference call with MJFF Research Programs staff to further clarify the aims and goals of this initiative will be held March 31 at 12 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. Researchers wishing to participate in the call must RSVP to and will receive an e-mail reply with call-in details.

About The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Founded in 2000, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is dedicated to ensuring the development of a cure for Parkinson's disease within the decade through an aggressively funded research agenda. The Foundation has funded over $115 million in research to date.

SOURCE Michael J. Fox Foundation
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Michael J. Fox Foundation Awards Up to $3 Million to Industry Teams to Jumpstart Promising PD Drug Development
2. Michael J. Fox Foundation Commits Up to $3 Million for Clinical Trials That Can Improve Treatment of Parkinsons Disease
3. Kevin McHale Instrumental in Forming the Help Me Hear Foundation
4. AIDS Healthcare Foundation Names Homayoon Khanlou, M.D. as its Chief of Medicine, U.S.
5. CellCyte Genetics Corp. Enters Collaborative Research Agreement With Cleveland Clinic Foundation to Qualify Stem Cell Delivery in Damaged Heart Tissue
6. Nobel Prize Awarded to Foundation for Biomedical Research Board Member
7. The Oral Cancer Foundation Urges HPV Vaccination for Males
8. MedicAlert Foundation Joins The Alzheimers Association to Offer MedicAlert(R) + Alzheimers Association Safe Return(R) - Live 24-Hour Emergency Response for Wandering and Medical Emergencies
9. Phase 1 & 2 Data of Perifosine (KRX-0401) in Patients with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma Presented Today at the 25th Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium
10. Grantees of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Prevention Research Initiative Gather in Houston to Report Interim Findings
11. Five Clinical Studies to Receive $2.5 Million Under Foundations 2007 Clinical Discovery Program
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/26/2016)... Ontario , June 27, 2016  VMS Rehab ... Company,s Board will take whatever measures required to build ... Company,s stock which is currently listed on the OTC ... Wexler, Company Chairman and CEO, "We are seeing an ... difficult to understand, not only by the Company, but ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... FRANCISCO, Calif. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... ), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for ... unmet needs, today announced the closing of its ... of common stock, at the public offering price ... in the offering were offered by GBT. GBT ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 The Academy ... of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical companies ... with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, a ... "value" of new medicines. The recommendations address ... not appear on the drug label, a prohibition that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... On Friday, ... presented a Bronze Wellness at Work award to iHire in recognition of their exemplary ... part of the 7th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium at the BWI ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex set ... drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and suffering, ... traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from depression, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association ... it will receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance ... 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is ... Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... at the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, ... journal articles published in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):