Rallying to the Challenge

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What is Rallying to the Challenge?

Rallying to the Challenge, hosted by  The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Parkinson’s Movement, brings together people with Parkinson’s and advocates from around the world to devise ways to positively impact clinical trials and research.

This conference has one simple aim – to involve people living with Parkinson’s in research. 

Run in parallel, but interlinked to the inspiring scientific meeting Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s, this annual meeting has a new theme each year. 

Rallying is structured to involve a pre-meeting survey, the results of which are debated at the meeting, and presented back to the Grand Challenges audience, demonstrating how people with Parkinson’s influence and support research.


  • In 2014, Rallying focused on how people with Parkinson’s (PwP) can strongly influence the effectiveness of clinical trials.
  • In 2015 , Rallying focused on the variability of individual’s symptoms and how they can inform outcomes in clinical trials.
  • In 2016, Rallying will focus on data: big data, small data, personal data, impersonal data, what’s useful and what’s not, and how data should be used. 


Further reading 
The NHS National Institute for Health Research provide detailed information and useful resources and links about clinical trials and what to expect. 

NHS Choices also provide an overview of taking part in a trial, what to expect and links to other useful resources.

Jon Stamford wrote a blog for the BMJ which discusses the importance of patients being involved in clinical trial design.



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  • Rallying to the challenge 2014 focused on how people with Parkinson’s (PwP) can strongly influence the effectiveness of clinical trials. Clinical trials are essential in assessing how effective or safe treatments are as well as advancing a greater understanding about a condition. The process of medicine development from test-tube to…
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