It’s been six months since we launched our first newsletter, and a lot has happened at PatientsLikeMe in that time. With the holiday season now upon us, we thought we should give thanks for the amazing strides made in all our communities. There is power in numbers, as they say, and we are grateful to every new member for increasing our ability to effect change.
We are proud to announce that our flagship ALS community has grown by nearly 50% in the last six months to 1,450 patients. We’re even prouder that it now attracts the equivalent of 10% of all newly diagnosed ALS patients in the US. To share what researchers can learn from this model for openness, our own Paul Wicks, PhD, will present a lecture on social medicine at the upcoming 18th Annual Symposium on ALS/MND, which we are co-sponsoring. Please stop by the PatientsLikeMe booth if you’ll be there!
MS and Parkinson’s Communities
Launched in late spring, our MS and Parkinson’s communities have also experienced staggering, if not meteoric, growth. We are delighted to report that our MS community recently hit a major milestone when it surpassed the 2,000-member mark(!) while our Parkinson’s community now has more than 800 members. We welcome and thank all of these new members. Please keep inviting others to join! This vast pool of shared data is what will help make PatientsLikeMe a juggernaut in MS and Parkinson’s research.
The PatientsLikeMe family continues to expand as our newest community, HIV, began accepting charter members last month. We expect to formally launch early next year, and we look forward to growing this fledgling community to its fullest potential. Please help us in this effort. If you know anyone affected by HIV, please invite him or her to join PatientsLikeMe today.