Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disease that affects one in 100 persons over the age of 65. The growth rate of the over-65 segment of the population in Utah is more than 30%. From 2013-2018 the CDC reported Utah to have among the highest rates in the country of age adjusted PD death rates. The cause of the high death rate in Utah is unknown. The project aims to collect accurate information through chart review on Parkinson’s disease patients for research projects that include investigation of disease risk factors and markers of disease severity.
Volunteers will assist reviewing medical records. They will be trained and supervised by the project data manager and at set intervals records will be reviewed by a physician specializing in Parkinson’s disease. Depending on the student’s skill set and interest, they may have an opportunity to assist with collecting background research for ongoing project or conduct data analysis.
Gain clinical research experience
There is no project end date. Volunteers should expect to commit between 2 and 7 hours a week to the project.
The student must be at minimum a sophomore. Students are not required to have a research background. Students majoring in math or pre-med students may benefit most from this opportunity since they will gain hands on experience in their intended area of study.