Applicants may request research support for any of the following focus areas:
1. Population health-related projects. Research focused on clinically-defined segments of the Parkinson’s disease patient population. Population health projects should be interdisciplinary, focus on modifying behavior outside the clinic, and may have a policy or public health component. Proposals must include the following elements: a defined target group, a well-designed protocol that defines primary and secondary outcomes and includes a valid control, and an impact statement.
2. COVID19-related projects. Research focused on drawing insight from the COVID19 experience to inform future care decisions thus providing generalizable insights for ordinary Parkinson’s care. Examples include but are not limited to treatment of pneumonia in patients with Parkinson’s disease, insight from the telemedicine experience, and insights drawn from limitations to care during modified pandemic operations.
3. Identification and translation of innovative care processes nationally and internationally. Research designed to inform the dissemination of best practices already adopted within a Fresco Network center to the broader Parkinson’s care community. Projects may focus on collecting evidence to support replication of a care process at independent centers and validation of outcome impact through systematic evaluation, or other rigorous research-based expansion or replication efforts. Note that projects must include a well-designed experiment including systematic, outcome-focused data collection to be eligible under this RFA.
All projects are expected to lead to high impact publications.