Yesterday, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonís Research (MJFF) announced the launch of its clinical research matching tool Fox Trial Finder†globally. Previously limited to five English-speaking countries (US, UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada), Fox Trial Finder is now accessible to both trial volunteers and clinical teams across the globe, increasing both the number of Parkinsonís clinical trials in the database as well as the number of volunteers who can register to find studies specifically seeking participants like them.
MJFF CEO Todd Sherer said, ďFrom our extensive work with the Parkinsonís community, we know that people living with the disease are highly motivated to participate in research. Expanding Fox Trial Finder will help to grow the clinical research community and encourage more people around the world to enroll in trials. No matter how much funding, collaboration and effort are put behind drug development, research cannot move forward without the help and involvement of clinical research volunteers.Ē
Given the prevalence of clinical research in Western Europe (more than 250 ongoing Parkinsonís trials), MJFF has partnered with leaders in Parkinsonís research in Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Spain to increase awareness of the tool in these countries. Additionally, all Fox Trial Finder content is now available in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Lily Cappelletti, MJFF's associate director of research partnerships was on-hand in Barcelona this week to help launch Fox Trial Finder internationally. At the launch event, researchers spoke with reporters about the availability of the tool Europe sparking national media on television and online.
ďThe expansion of Fox Trial Finder is a really positive step forward in the international effort to help find a cure for Parkinsonís,Ē says Eduardo Tolosa, MD, PhD, director of the Parkinsonís and Movement Disorders Unit at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona. ďThe more ways we can help people get involved in clinical trials, the more trials can be completed, enabling the development of better treatments and drugs for people with Parkinsonís Ė and ultimately a cure.Ē
Join the 24,000+ volunteers worldwide who have already signed up on Fox Trial Finder. By creating your profile, you'll be able to find out about ongoing PD clinical trials in your area that need you. Learn more about participating in trials†here.