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You can help groundbreaking research where the results won’t just be seen in the lab. They’ll be seen in life-changing breakthroughs for thousands of people with Parkinson’s. 

LATEST RESEARCH TO FUND: Can nicotine help stop memory loss and muscle problems?

A study has shown that long-term smokers are less likely to get Parkinson's. But smoking isn't safe.
 
Dr Shoaib and Dr Iravani want to find out how the protective effects of nicotine can be used to create a safe new treatment to prevent or reverse memory loss in Parkinson's. But we can't do it without you! 

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Will you help Dr Shoaib and Dr Iravani discover a safe new treatment for people with Parkinson’s

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THE ROLE OF NICOTINE

A study has shown that long-term smokers don’t get Parkinson’s as often as non-smokers. Whilst this is interesting it’s not a safe solution. 

By the time someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, they’ve already lost a significant amount of their neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are essential brain communicators and their loss leads to problems such as memory loss and muscle spasms.

Research shows that nicotine mimics the role of acetylcholine - an essential neurotransmitter responsible for delivering messages from one neuron to another. However, nicotine causes other major health issues. Therefore we want to mimic nicotine's protective role without any of the health risks. Quickly.  

Turning tests into a SAFE treatment

Building on previous research, Dr Shoaib and Dr Iravani have worked together to design new compounds which mimic the role of nicotine. They now need your support to test out which compounds will have a powerful impact on restoring memory loss and muscle function safely. 

Donate now and stop memory loss and muscle problems in Parkinson’s quicker. 

June, who has Parkinson's, with Dr Mohammed Shoaib and Dr Mahmoud Iravan - researchers working on the relationship between nicotine and Parkinson's.

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