We’re looking for 1000 healthy, internet-using people without Parkinson’s aged 60 to 80, to take part in a new research project that could help Parkinson’s researchers agree on common early indicators of the condition.
This innovative online study, called Predict PD
, is led by Dr Alastair Noyce at Queen Mary, University of London, in collaboration with University College London.
Ongoing Parkinson’s research suggests that problems including anxiety, depression and constipation, as well as sleep and smell disorders, may occur up to 20 years before the movement problems of Parkinson's actually appear.
The Predict PD pilot project will ask people to take part in three simple online tests - including a questionnaire, a keyboard tap test, and a ‘scratch and sniff’ smell test - to look for factors known to be linked to increased risk of Parkinson’s.
People who take part will not find out if they are individually at risk of developing Parkinson’s. This is a pilot study, and whilst the online tests may suggest some people could be at increased risk, it's too soon to know how accurate or meaningful the tests are.
But by taking part in the study you will be helping our researchers spot the earliest signs of the condition that will help them develop tests that could one day predict Parkinson's.
For more information about the project and how to take part visit http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/predictpd