Celebrating our 2021 Honorees
Citizen Scientists® Are the Missing Piece of the Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s Puzzles
The concept behind the Citizen Scientist Awards® is simple – we can't find cures for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's without clinical trial participants. Ninety percent of Alzheimer's, and 80% of Parkinson's studies, are delayed due to insufficient recruitment, making research participants the key piece of the puzzle. We hope their stories inspire you or someone you know to contact a research site to ask about research opportunities.
Many Stories, One Common Purpose
In 2021, GAP-Net sites across North America nominated Alzheimer's and, for the first time, Parkinson's study participants for the Citizen Scientist Awards®. Nominees represented people with these diseases or individuals at risk of developing the disease with a wide range of backgrounds who conveyed a variety of reasons for getting involved with research. Many study participants had previously cared for family members afflicted with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Their personal experiences motivated them to volunteer for a clinical trial, not only for themselves, but to stop Alzheimer's and Parkinson's from impacting future generations. Whatever their reasons, all Citizen Scientists® have the same goal: being part of finding cures for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.