Reaching for race equality in research

Today we stand in solidarity with Black people in the Parkinson’s community as we remember the death of George Floyd.

A year ago today the world was shaken by the murder of George Floyd and all that his tragic death represented. Structural racism. Inequality. Unfair treatment. Discrimination. Bias. Things that should not be experienced by anyone. But they are. Including by people with Parkinson’s.

We have taken steps to deepen our understanding of how structural racism impacts our community’s access to healthcare. Research shows people from minority ethnic backgrounds have poorer health outcomes and face more health inequalities than White people.

We are working with experts and people from different communities to make progress on issues that negatively impact the lives and health outcomes of people with Parkinson’s.

On this day, we restate our role to be an active part of a solution. We’re encouraging more people from underrepresented groups to get involved in Parkinson’s research. We’re also creating diverse panels made up of people from the Parkinson’s community who are helping to guide our work.

We are committed to being an anti-racist organistion, and are determined to help create a more equal, diverse and inclusive society.

We do this with humility, knowing that we have a lot to learn and do. But we will not sit on the sidelines. We will strive to ensure that everyone with Parkinson’s has equal access to the best treatments and support regardless of their race or ethnicity.

To find out more about the work we’re doing and how to get involved: