Our research impact in 2011
2 July 2012
We've just launched our 2011
research impact report to show how your donations are helping
us fund groundbreaking research and find a cure for Parkinson's.
As the largest charity funder of Parkinson's research in the UK, so far we've spent more than
£55million in groundbreaking research and we like to keep a close
eye on our investment.
Every pound we raise for research makes a real difference and
our research impact report explains our latest steps towards a
Turning £1 into £4
Our funding acts like a magnet, attracting extra money into
Parkinson's research from other sources including the government,
pharmaceutical industry and other charities.
In 2011, we invested £4.5million in new research. This, in turn,
helped our researchers gain a further £13.2million.
Parkinson's UK-funded researcher Professor Chris Dobson
(pictured below) comments:
"Our Parkinson's UK grant helped to set up a new
research centre at the University of Cambridge attracting
external funding of £6million from pharmaceutical company ELAN.
"The new centre, called the
Centre for Research Innovation and Drug Discovery will focus on
finding potential new drugs for neurodegenerative conditions
Sharing new knowledge
In 2011, our researchers shared their results with the
international research community by:
Every pound we raise for research makes a real difference and our research impact report explains our latest steps towards a cure.
- Giving 140 presentations at international meetings and
- Publishing over 120 scientific articles in journals
- Speaking at over 100 public events
Taking our discoveries forward
Every research project we fund
ultimately aims to make a difference to people living with
And in 2011 our projects helped pave the way for:
- 5 new clinical trials for Parkinson's
- Updates to the NICE guidelines for deep brain stimulation
- Discussions with the pharmaceutical industry
Towards a future without Parkinson's
Dr Kieran Breen, our Director of Research and Innovation,
currently supporting more than 90 research projects worth over
£17million to bring us closer to a cure for Parkinson's.
"Every research project we fund is totally dependent on
"We're working hard to raise the essential funds we need to
reach at least £70million by 2014 - but we need your support to
help us get there."