The Cure Parkinson’s Trust has one central aim: to cure Parkinson’s. They fund scientists and ground-breaking research to find treatments to slow down, reverse or stop Parkinson’s. Founded in 2005 by four people living with the condition, their work offers hope to people with Parkinson’s and inspires them to engage with their condition and take an active role in the worldwide effort to find a cure.
Parkinson’s is a debilitating condition caused by dopamine cells dying in the brain. It can cause a range of symptoms which are unique to each patient. These include tremors, problems with movement, fatigue, issues with speech or sleep, chronic pain, and severe clinical depression. Patients still rely on the same drug that was first prescribed in the 1960s, which can provide temporary symptom relief but does nothing to stop the relentless progression of Parkinson’s.
An estimated 1 in every 37 people expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime. Therefore the work of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust has become ever more urgent. They are the only organisation in the UK solely dedicated to finding a cure, and their pioneering approach has already seen significant breakthroughs in Parkinson’s research. Their Linked Clinical Trials programme takes drugs used in other diseases (e.g. diabetes) and tests them in Parkinson’s. This accelerates the time and reduces the cost of developing a completely new drug. With a committee of worldwide Parkinson’s experts evaluating each drug, they are committed to supporting excellent science. They have already seen 8 potentially disease-modifying drugs move into trial.
By supporting The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, you can help bring forward a world without Parkinson’s. They don’t receive any government funding so are reliant on generous supporters to help fund their innovative research. This research could have a life-changing impact on the 10 million people living with Parkinson’s around the world. To find out more about The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and how you can support them, please visit www.cureparkinsons.org.uk.