Celebrating Clinical Trial Participants: Citizen Scientists®

The Global Alzheimer's Platform Foundation (GAP) created a first-of-its kind award to celebrate Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease clinical trial participants. The only way to find treatments and cures for these diseases are through clinical trials, and the volunteers that make the research possible.

The Need for More Clinical Trial Participants is Significant

Alzheimer's and Parkinson's trials over the next few years are estimated to need more than 25,000 participants. According to a 2016 Harris Poll undertaken by GAP, 60% of Americans are willing, or would consider, participating in an Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease clinical trial. However, less than 10% of people do. There is a systemic need to educate North Americans about the availability of clinical trials and encourage participation.

GAP Citizen Scientist Awards® Overview

GAP established GAP-Net, a growing network of nearly 100 leading private and academic clinical trial sites that are involved in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research. All GAP-Net sites can nominate up to three Citizen Scientists® in each of the four award categories, for a total of up to 12 nominees per GAP-Net site. Each site will celebrate these nominees at their local site and regional events. A final awardee will be selected in each award category for elevated recognition.

Each nominated individual will be presented with a certificate for being named a Citizen Scientist® nominee. The four that have been selected for elevated recognition will receive an award and will be recognized at an event to honor their participation and commitment to continuing research within their communities.

Clinical Trial Participant Spotlight

Clinical trial participants are on the front line in the fights against Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. These heroes are making a difference both being part of research and encouraging more people to volunteer for clinical trials. You can read their inspiring stories below.


The Citizen Scientist Awards® are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors:

GAP always welcomes sponsors committed to supporting the Citizen Scientist Award program.

To find out more, please contact us at csa@globalalzplatform.org