Led by Prof K Ray Chaudhuri, EUROPAR is a multidisciplinary group that was formed to perform “real life” non-motor based clinical studies across a wide range of people with Parkinson’s throughout Europe. The main aim of EUROPAR is to pursue studies as they happen in real life and described as a “holistic” natural history study in Parkinson’s. The study will additionally include people with Parkinson’s who are often excluded from clinical trials e.g. due to their age.
EUROPAR focuses on translational ‘bench to bedside’ research (for example, looking at what impact ‘real life’ treatments such as skin patches, injections and infusions may have on the non-motor aspects of Parkinson’s) and the development of better patient and public involvement in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
The main EUROPAR project is a longitudinal study in Parkinson’s (NILS: Non-motor Longitudinal International Study), a global study addressing non-motor profiling of Parkinson’s and natural history of non-motor symptoms together with treatment response and clinico-pathological correlations. This project has been adopted by the Department of Health in the UK (NIHR: National Institute of Health Research) and also supported by the Spanish ministry of education and the Biomedical Research Centre (Dementia) at King’s College.
EUROPAR is a partner of European Parkinson’s Disease Association as well as part of International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Society Parkinson’s Non Motor Study Group.