Martin Taylor

I was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s aged 32 in December 2014. My advocacy work includes voluntary positions as a Research Communication blogger for Parkinson’s UK, I’m also on the Research Support Network Deelopment Team and Research Communication Team. Furthermore I have been involved in lay grant reviewing for research grants.

My full time employment is as a Data Analyst for an investment management firm. My professional qualifications include associate membership of the CISI, I also hold the first unit of the Investment Management Certificate and academically graduated with an honours degree in Economics from the University of Stirling in 2004.
On a personal level I’m married to Fiona and our son Cohen was born in June 2016.

Sara Riggare

I live in Stockholm, Sweden with hubby, 15 year old daughter and our two cats. I experienced the first symptoms of Parkinson’s (PD) in 1984, when I was 13 years old and now I combine my engineering skills with my patient experiences to help myself and others with chronic diseases. Currently, I am working to complete my doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet in the area of self-tracking for PD. I was an ambassador for the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in 2013 and 2016 and am co-chairing the Patients Advocates Committee for WPC 2019. I am also an advisor to the conference Stanford Medicine X and a member of the British Medical Journal’s Patient Panel. Read more on my blog: