Rallying 2015: Agenda


Our second 'Rallying' Meeting took place on Wednesday 30th September during the Grand Challenges in Parkinson's Disease event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Wednesday, September 30

10:30 am: Tom Isaacs (Co-founder and president, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust): Rallying to the Challenge II

10:45 am:  Progress from Rallying to the Challenge I (series of 15-minute presentations)
Jon Stamford, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Scientific and advocate communication coordinator, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust): Clinical trials charter
Israel Robledo (Parkinson’s Movement Steering Committee member) and Richard Windle (Research Support Network Advocate, Parkinson’s UK): Experience to expertise
– David Ashford-Jones (Owner, Sagio Ltd.; Parkinson’s advocate): Risk and benefit
— Steve DeWitte (CEO, Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s) and Richard Windle (Research Support Network Advocate, Parkinson’s UK): Patient-centered research

Lunch/Panel discussion with Patrik Brundin*, M.D., Ph.D.; Caroline Tanner, M.D., Ph.D.; and others.

1:00 pm: Tom Isaacs (Co-founder and president, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust)
Outcomes and measures: How do Ralliers define “patient-centered outcome measures”? Is there the opportunity to introduce patient-centric change?

1:30 pm: Dr. Jon Palfreman (Award-winning author, journalist and documentary film producer)
Self monitoring in Parkinson’s: Who/what is it good for? Why is measurement important? Why are current measures flawed?

2:30 pm: Dr. Jon Stamford (Scientific and advocate communication coordinator, The Cure Parkinson’s Trust)
Can we gain consensus on what should be measured? (includes survey result presentation and discussion)

3:00 pm: Focus group session: Parkinson’s symptoms – it’s personal
Investigating individual prioritized symptoms in terms of frequency, severity, individuality, impact on wellness, impact on other symptoms, “communicate-ability” about the symptom, measurability

4:30 pm: Feedback from focus groups

5:00 pm: Moderated by Helen Matthews
How can we use the feedback from the focus groups to build a Parkinson’s specific rating scale for measurement tools that focuses on an individual’s symptom priorities: usability, relevance to Parkinson’s ability to record symptomic change, wellness and lifestyle aspects


Winning goal red

Thursday, October 1

9:00 am:  Soania Mathur, M.D. - Introduction

9:10 am:  15–20 minute presentations:
-*Ken Kubota, Director of Data Science for Research Programs, Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: Fox Insight
–Bruce Hellman, CEO, uMotif: What questions can we ask of Big Data?
–Walter Maetzler, M.D., Professor, Centre of Neurology and Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University Hospital Tuebingen: PwPs+Clinicians+Technicians=How to measure
–Anupam Pathak, Ph.D., Google
–Bas Bloem, M.D., Ph.D., ParkinsonNet

11:10 am
15–20 minute presentations:
-Peter Schmidt, Ph.D., Chief information officer, vice president of research programs, National Parkinson Foundation—Parkinson’s Outcomes Project
Eli Pollard, Executive director, World Parkinson Coalition—World Parkinson Coalition’s exercise program in association with Brian Grant Foundation
–Max Little, Ph.D.—Parkinson’s Voice Initiative
Caroline Tanner, M.D., Ph.D., Director of clinical research, The Parkinson’s Institute—Integrating patient-relevant measures into clinical trial design: The Apple app

12:45:  Lunch and panel with Dr. Patrik Brundin and others.

1:45: Feedback presentation to Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s Disease: Applying the right measure to the right person in the right situation


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