Stem cell research

Find out what we think about the use of stem cells in Parkinson's research, which has the potential to lead to new and better treatments for Parkinson's.

What we believe

Stem cell research has the potential to bring forward new and better treatments for Parkinson’s. We understand the sensitive issues around certain areas of stem cell research, and respect the views of those concerned by them.

But we firmly support the continuation of stem cell based research, within the rigorous ethical and regulatory framework in place in the UK. Continued, well-regulated research could benefit many thousands of people affected by conditions such as Parkinson’s.

Why we believe this

Stem cells have the potential to develop into any kind of cell found in the body, including brain cells. This means that stem cells could be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including Parkinson’s, where new cells could be used to repair and replace damaged tissue.

Scientists are now able to turn stem cells into dopamine-producing nerve cells – the type of brain cell affected in Parkinson’s. As we are able to generate and study these specialised nerve cells, research of this kind allows us to develop our understanding of Parkinson’s and how to treat it.

Full policy statement on stem cell research

This policy statement has been developed with advice and guidance from people with Parkinson's, the people who love and care for them, health and social care professionals and other experts. You can find more details in the full policy document below.

Read the full Parkinson's UK policy statement on stem cell research.