Sara Riggare


Age diagnosed: 32 (symptoms at 13)

Specialist interest: Self-care/self-tracking

“I want to give the people coming after me the map I didn’t have.” 

Having shown symptoms of Parkinson’s since I was 13, I am a dedicated advocate for patient involvement in management and treatment which led me to co-founding Parkinson’s Movement in 2011. I am also completing a doctorate at the Health Informatics Centre, Karolinska Institutet where I am researching methods for ‘digital self-care’ for Parkinson’s.  

Appearing on patient panels at events such as World Parkinson Congress and the British Medical Journal and frequently speaking at Stanford Medicine X and Quantified Self conferences allows me to raise awareness and interest for more actively involving patients in development and research. For my research I use results from my own self-monitoring as a basis, along with work from fellow people with Parkinson’s. Presenting this research to a range of audiences, I have written and contributed to a number of articles which can be found in the ‘Action’ tab. On top of this, I share personal opinions regarding active involvment of patients on my blog that can also be found there.

Research into Parkinson’s Disease needs reform – Contributor to BMJ article, March 13, 2018

Partnering with the Public and Patients in Medical Research

Read Sara’s blog piece here:

Featured in article by Gary Hickey: Co-production from proposal to paper: public participation in research

Visit my website: Sara – Not patient but im-patient, for my scientific publications, click here.

Founder of the Parkinson’s Research Advocacy Group


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