My PhD thesis is now available!

A few weeks into the new year and I am happy to announce that my PhD thesis is now available!

Below you can find links for downloading, some tips on how to read the thesis, and information about the thesis defence ceremony.

Download PhD thesis here:
Download thesis propositions here:
Tips for reading the thesis

If you’re not used to reading a PhD thesis, it can appear a bit overwhelming. Also, different countries and different universities often have slightly different regulations and recommendations for how a thesis should be structured. For my thesis, I would recommend the following:

  1. Start with the thesis propositions (separate file for downloading above). It’s a list of, in my case, 7 main insights from my work with a wider perspective at the end.
  2. Then read the prologue and Chapter 1. It will give you an overview of what I see as the starting points of the research presented in the thesis.
  3. Next, I would suggest that you skip to Chapter 8, which is a summary of Chapters 2-7. The summary is available in English, Dutch, and Swedish (and I did not write the Dutch translation myself… Thank you Mariëtte and Martijn!). If something in Chapter 8 really sparks your interest, you can go back to the corresponding chapter and read in more detail.
  4. The final chapter is the most interesting one (at least I think so). That is where I look at all the work and research I have done put together and give my perspectives on what I think it means for the research field and practices. This is presented in the General discussion in Chapter 9. Later in Chapter 9, I also give my view on some Future directions and recommendations. And, unusual for a PhD thesis, I present recommendations for academics and clinicians, as well as for persons with PD.
  5. For the academically interested, feel free to dive into Chapters 2-7 in more detail!
Dissertation / Thesis defence

Friday 25th March 2022
10:30 am CET
The event will be livestreamed –>> link
Link to the event on the website of Radboud University –>> link


  1. I’m excited to read this! I cited you and your work… and I read a quote from one of your publications at a speech for Washington University’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences. I’m so proud of your work and perseverance, and I’m glad you faced head on the need for an ethical framework for incorporating self-science into the peer-reviewed, published knowledge base! Congratulations, Sara Riggare, PhD

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