Emory Medical Students Helping PD Gladiators Measure Impact of Programs

We are a group of medical students at the Emory University School of Medicine volunteering with the PD Gladiators organization. Our mission is to help PD Gladiators build long-term records and demonstrate the efficacy of the programs. In order to accomplish this, we are asking any PwP’s who currently participate in PD Gladiators fitness classes to complete a brief survey now and again in a few months.

This survey is a verified Parkinson’s disease quality of life survey and we request that you take approximately 10-20 minutes to fill it out. We aim to repeat the survey every 3 to 6 months to track participants’ progress over time, so you can expect to hear from us over the coming year. Though we ask for your name on the survey, all data will be immediately de-identified and the respondents will remain anonymous. To take the survey, please click the button below or follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6TNX8T6.

Thank you for your participation and please feel free to email mckuo@emory.edu if you have any questions.

Lulu Belak, Sam Denson, Marissa Cheng-kuang Kuo, Parker Schwab and Emilia Varrone

The Next Generation of Doctors

Five medical students at the Emory University School of Medicine—Lulu Belak, Sam Denson, Marissa Cheng-kuang Kuo, Parker Schwab and Emilia Varrone—have elected to observe the PD Gladiators program as their assignment in the school’s community learning and social medicine program for first-year medical students. They are our chance to show the next generation of doctors that where pharmaceuticals hit a dead end, quality of life may still be enhanced at the intersection of hope and determination.

“As students of medicine, we all have a keen interest in data and know the power that carefully recorded information can have within the scientific community,” Denson said. “In our visits to the LDBF boxing classes, we’ve witnessed firsthand the impact that exercise can have on people with Parkinson’s disease, and we hope that, in the coming months, we will be able to collect data to support our observations. By measuring the effects that exercise can have on the course of Parkinson’s disease, we believe PD Gladiators will be better positioned to demonstrate the impact of these exercise programs to the larger scientific and lay communities. We hope that collecting and sharing this information will not only help PD Gladiators to grow but will ultimately improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease across the greater Atlanta metro area and beyond.”


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