Major research announcement launches Parkinson's Awareness Week
16 April 2012
Today - the first day of Parkinson's
Awareness Week 2012 - we're launching the biggest in-depth
research study tracking people with Parkinson's ever mounted
anywhere in the world.
And there are lots of other things happening during the week
Tracking Parkinson's, a world first in our bid to find a
We are investing over £1.6 million into the new
Tracking Parkinson's research study to
unlock further secrets about Parkinson's and to boost the chances
of finding a cure.
3,000 volunteers - both recently diagnosed people with Parkinson's (in the last 3 years) or those
aged under 50 at diagnosis - are needed to take part in its
groundbreaking clinical study.
We'll also be asking a smaller number of brothers and sisters of
people with Parkinson's (who are enrolled in the study) to
If you're not eligible yourself please help by telling others
The research will be led by Dr Donald Grosset (pictured
right) at the University of Glasgow. It will link eventually
to around 50 centres around the UK.
For more information about the study and how to take part:
What would a cure for Parkinson's mean to you?
We're also launching today a new way for you to share your
messages about what a cure would mean to you, to help raise
awareness of just how urgent it is to find a cure.
Share your story now: What would a
cure mean to you?
We're looking for as many people as possible to take part -
people with Parkinson's, carers and family members, health
professionals, researchers and supporters.
We'll be adding messages of support from our celebrity
supporters throughout the week.
Take a look at who's backing our work to improve life for
everybody affected by Parkinson's.
Other ways to get involved during Parkinson's Awareness
There are more than 200 events taking place across the
UK to raise awareness and vital funds for Parkinson's research.
Find out what's happening near you:
Parkinson's Awareness Week 2012
map of events
It's not too late to add details of your own events.
Visit our main Parkinson's Awareness Week
page now to find out what else is going on, how you can make a
difference, and watch our video.
Media coverage so far
We've already had some great media coverage in the run up to the
week. Highlights so far include Prima, Mature Times, My
Weekly, the Daily Record in Scotland, S magazine (Sunday Express)
and You magazine (Mail on Sunday).
We're working hard to get as much media coverage as we can.
We'll keep you posted with more highlights during the week.
Spread the word through Facebook and Twitter
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and spread the
word about the need to find a cure.
If you're on Twitter use the hashtag
#parkinsonscure and look out for - and share - our
And please add our new 'Find a cure' twibbon and
Facebook badge - a great way to show your support.