We couldn't help but notice when Angie Hott posted on her blog about Team Fox, getting involved in clinical research, and staying active to help combat her husband's Parkinson's symptoms. The Hott Family of West Virginia is passionate about getting involved in the pursuit of a cure for Parkinson's. Recently, at a visit to Johns Hopkins Hospital where her husband Dan is participating in a clinical study, Angie noticed a button the doctor wore that said "Ask me about PD research."
"So... I asked!" said Angie. "Dr. (Zoltan) Mari was so genuinely enthused about sharing research information! He graciously took time to discuss some exciting programs when I asked him about the button he was wearing that day. Dr. Mari's enthusiasm was encouraging and hopeful that all their work will lead to progress in finding ways to help those living with this illness."
Many patients report that it's important to them to talk with their doctor about getting involved in clinical research. It's fairly common for doctors not to mention clinical trials to their patients, but it is always an option to ask. Fox Trial Finder, MJFF's online clinical trials matching tool, can help: create a profile and print out your most recent list of trial matches to bring with you to your next appointment for discussion.
"Anything that encourages people to ask questions and discover all that is exciting about the research happening to find a cure for Parkinson's in our lifetime is a wonderful opportunity," Angie says. "Although I was a little nervous about asking, I was really glad I did!"
You can find out more about participating in clinical research by visiting www.michaeljfox.org/clinicaltrials. To find out about clinical trials going on in your area, create a profile at www.foxtrialfinder.org.