Sara Riggare has defended her dissertation!


Congratulations Sara Riggare, who recently defended her dissertation at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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Recently, Sara Riggare PhD, defended her dissertation. Already at the age of 13, Sara began to experience symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Sara Riggare's doctoral project is in the research area of citizen science, with a focus on Parkinson's disease. Sara says that the field she is working in is a sub-area to citizen science that is known as personal science:

– It is a method for using one's own observations about oneself and one's illness in a structured way to gain increased knowledge about one's illness and how to deal with it, she explains.

She reflects that there are both difficulties and benefits of doing a study on oneself.

– The study object was close at hand, but the challenges were that the study should be well-structured and done scientifically correct.

The plans for the near future are to continue with research in the subject and to be a co-author of a book.

– I will apply for research funding to do a post doc. at Uppsala University. I will also continue to write a popular science book which I and some colleagues currently are writing.

Sara Riggare was supervised by Bas Bloem (main supervisor), Maria Hägglund and Martijn de Groot. If you want to know more about Sara Riggare and her research, she has her own website: You can also download her dissertation there.

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Last modified: 2023-03-24