Kirk's Blog

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Kirk started writing articles for his blog around the time his first book was published (September 2011). Not having any other bright ideas at the time, he adopted the book title as his “brand” for the blog. Over time, Shaky Paws Grampa (SPG) has become his “identity” in the PD world. The good news is that he hasn’t had to fight anybody for it and there was no competition for the web address (understandably).

He didn’t have any clear goals in mind for the blog when he started other than to make his target audience the “PD world”, opting to write about what ever inspired him at the moment. Over time, various themes emerged:

Book or writing-related
PD-related information
Clinical research study advocacy/participation
Cognition issues
Living with PD-personal
PD meeting/conference announcements
SPG speaking engagements, media interviews, and webinars
Calls to action

Three years later, he has posted 120 articles that have been viewed by readers from over 60 countries around the world.

Important Paid PD Research Opportunity

I receive quite a few contacts through my website related to PD.  I did some research on this one and it seems quite legitimate and credible.  It seems worth checking out if it appeals to you.  The company is Video Chat Network (  They are an agency that uses innovative technology to gather information for the pharmaceutical industry for product and services development.  To be clear, I can't endorse this company personally but it looks good.


My name is David Mechlin and my company is Video Chat Network ( We are an independent research firm engaged in a project for an agency who helps Pharmaceutical companies improve how their patients understand and use their treatments for best results. We would like to speak to patients in the US who have suffered with Parkinson’s Disease for at least 4 years and who have received treatment for at least part of that time. The purpose of the project is to learn more about the various treatments you have received for Parkinson’s and how well you have been served by them. Additionally we want to hear your opinions and points of view on living with Parkinson’s in order to better address the overall treatment and lives of PD patients everywhere. If you are a patient meeting these criteria and are interested participating in a 30 minute video chat interview in your own home, we will compensate you $75 for your time and opinions. If you can refer us someone qualified we will compensate you $25 for every interview performed that your referral provides. All you will need is access to a strong internet connection along with a device with a camera such as computer, a tablet, or smartphone. We would be asking you for an appointment to perform the interview at a time convenient for you over the next few weeks. If you are more comfortable doing the Interview together with your caregiver we welcome them as well. Please know we have extensive experience conducting health care/pharmaceutical research which you can check out on our site ( We are always respectful of patients and their condition. Please send me an email or call me at 646-772-7016 if you are interested in helping us out. Thank you for your interest and help. David Mechlin Video Chat 646-772-7016 

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