Emory researchers awarded $20,000 by the National Parkinson Foundation

Madeleine Hackney

Madeleine Hackney

Madeleine E. Hackney, PhD (principal investigator), co-investigators Molly Perkins, PhD, MA and Rebecca Dillard, MA (Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics), and patient stakeholder advisors Ron Wincek and Dave Jones were awarded $20,000 by the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) for their project, The DREAMS Team: Galvanizing Research Participation in the Parkinson’s Disease Underserved Community.” The DREAMS Program, (“Developing a Research Participation Enhancement and Advocacy Training Program for Diverse Seniors”) is a two-part educational intervention for underrepresented older adults with and without Parkinson’s disease.

 

Molly Perkins

Molly Perkins

In 2015-2016, with key support from an NPF community grant, the team conducted Part I of DREAMS, in which diverse, underserved older adults with Parkinson’s disease (PD) participated in an eight-week health and wellness seminar designed to educate patients about research and increase their interest and participation in research.

 

 

 

Rebecca Dillard

Rebecca Dillard

Part II of the DREAMS program (the DREAMS Team) is a patient research advocacy course in which diverse, underserved individuals with PD are trained to engage in all aspects of the research process. The award will support their training as well as efforts to engage them in research opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

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