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Travel Vendor for PPMI RFP

Objective:

The MJFF-sponsored Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative is seeking a travel vendor to coordinate transportation and hotel accommodations for potential study participants traveling to imaging centers and study sites.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s landmark observational study the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) comprehensively evaluates cohorts of interest to identify biomarkers of Parkinson's disease (PD) progression. PPMI now plans to screen thousands of participants through online remote assessments and invite a subset of those screened to participate in further in-person assessments.

The first in-person assessment will be a brain scan called a DaTscan. A subset of those who complete the DaTscan will be asked to then complete an assessment at a PPMI clinical site. Participants invited to complete a DaTscan as well as those traveling to the PPMI clinical site will likely require travel coordination and hotel accommodation. To facilitate travel arrangements, we will partner with a travel vendor to coordinate these in-person visits.

Participant Estimates for Travel Coordination

Year

Estimated # of participants undergoing DaT screening (1 visit)

Estimated # of participants requiring clinical visits (visits recur every 12 months)

2020

320

44

2021

960

176

2022

1920

440

Please note these estimates reflect the average of participant enrollment goals. Participants will be allowed to travel with a companion to their study visits, so the estimates for travel coordination may be higher.

Applicants Must:

  1. Provide 24/7/365 support to participants with questions/changes to their travel itinerary (changes may be expected or unexpected)
  2. Employ adequate security policies and safeguards to ensure protection of confidential participant information
  3. Be capable of managing travel coordination for the yearly participant estimates

Application Process

1.  Download RFP document.
2.  Submit your completed proposal to our project partners at Indiana University: Laura Heathers at laeheath@iu.edu

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