Cork based, Parkinson’s Disease Research Cluster (PDRC) is a collaborative effort, involving experts from a wide range of disciplines based at Cork University Hospital and University College Cork including social gerontologists, health services researchers, clinical neurologists and geriatricians, neuro-rehabilitation specialists, and neuroscientists.
PDRC, is a collective of research teams working together to better understand Parkinson’s Disease through conducting cutting edge research with the ultimate aim being to lead to advances in patient care and improved health outcomes.
The research team is dedicated to producing high-quality research that will increase our knowledge of the causes of Parkinson’s disease, how it can be detected and diagnosed more quickly, what are the important symptoms that impair the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s and their families, and how this can be improved through better care.
They are currently working on a project of Mapping Parkinson’s Disease Needs and Services. This project will be 1) estimating the prevalence and incidence of Parkinson’s in Ireland, 2) mapping and evaluating the range of available health services for people with Parkinson’s across the country, and 3) exploring the unmet needs of people with Parkinson’s and their (and their family carers’) perspectives on health service access and provision.
The project team includes a local PAI member, Tony Wilkinson, who is a vocal advocate for people with Parkinson’s nationally. Joe Condon of the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland (PAI), is the ‘public and patient involvement’ Co-Lead on this project.
For more information check out their website, https://www.ucc.ie/en/pdrc/currentresearch/