Determining how best to slow, stop or reverse Parkinson’s needs world-class collaborative science involving researchers, clinicians, the pharmaceutical industry and, most importantly, people who are living with Parkinson’s. This collaboration is at the heart of our research programme.

Our Research Strategy

Our goal is to cure Parkinson’s, with urgency, for people currently living with the condition. By “cure”, Cure Parkinson’s means disease-modifying therapy or therapies. Cure Parkinson’s does not fund research which is directed only to symptomatic relief. This means that the research we fund must aim to slow, stop or reverse underlying disease progression.

Our Research Strategy
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We fund both preclinical and clinical research projects that have the potential to cure Parkinson’s. By “cure”, we mean a “disease-modifying therapy” that will slow, stop or reverse the underlying disease progression of Parkinson’s. In addition, we prioritise research which has the potential to translate into the clinic within five years.

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Involving people with Parkinson’s in research

People with Parkinson’s are an essential part of our programme of research. It is important that drug candidates chosen for scientific reasons are also of relevance to people living with Parkinson’s now. For support with involving people living with Parkinson’s in a research study or trial, please get in touch.

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3P seminars

Calling all early or mid career researchers! The 3P platform was created during lockdown as a way of allowing early career scientists the opportunity to present and discuss their research online to the scientific community, thereby continuing their professional development. Now labs are opening up, Cure Parkinson’s, Van Andel Institute and World Parkinson Coalition have decide to continue to host the interactive presentations focused on neurodegenerative research once each month.

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Science of Parkinson’s Blog

Written by Dr Simon Stott (Deputy Director of Research, Cure Parkinson’s), this is Simon’s personal and independent perspective of what is happening in the world of Parkinson’s research, with regular updates detailing the science behind new discoveries, up to date clinical trial results, and introducing some of the people behind the research.

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The Tom Isaacs Award

Each year the Tom Isaacs Award is presented to the researcher who has shown the greatest impact on the lives of people living with Parkinson’s and/or has involved people with Parkinson’s in a participatory way in their work.

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The AMRC Best Practice Guidance

Cure Parkinson’s is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). We follow AMRC requirements and guidance for best practice in research. AMRC charities are obliged to follow rigorous research evaluation (peer review) processes to ensure that only research of the highest quality is supported.

Cure Parkinson’s has received a certificate of best practice in medical and health research peer review evaluated by the AMRC in their 2020 Peer Review Audit. The AMRC audits their member charities every 5 years to ensure that research funding applications are evaluated in accordance with their principles of peer review: accountability, balance, independent decision making, rotation of scientific advisers and impartiality. 

Research meetings

Cure Parkinson’s regularly hosts research update meetings to give you the opportunity to hear the latest progress of our research.

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