Citizen Scientist Awards

Citizen Scientist Awards

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.

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. 90% 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.

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.

Cornerstone Award

A clinical trial participant who has personally made extraordinary efforts to support local research and participate in a trial.

Champion Award

A clinical trial participant who acts as a stimulus in bringing about or hastening a result through creative, new, and novel approaches to encourage clinical trial participation.

Catalyst Award

A clinical trial participant who fights for a cause and is an advocate for trial participation in the community.

Collaborator Award

A study partner for someone who is enrolled or was enrolled in an Alzheimer's disease or dementia trial.

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 the CSA Program at

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