When will there be a cure for Parkinson's?

Parkinson's is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. There’s currently no cure. But we’re determined to change that. By funding the right research into the most promising treatments, we can get closer to a cure.

How close are we to a cure for Parkinson's?

We're pushing to deliver new treatments for Parkinson's in years, not decades. And we're determined to develop a cure in the shortest possible time.

We've already made vital discoveries that have revolutionised our understanding of Parkinson's and the brain. 

Now's the time to keep the momentum going. Collaborative. Bold. Ambitious. It’s the only way to discover breakthroughs and one day, a cure.

What we know so far

  • We've uncovered clues to the causes and genetic involvement in Parkinson's.
  • We're figuring out the chain of events that leads to the damage and loss of brain cells.  
  • We're working to advance new treatments and therapies. 
  • We're exploring repurposing drugs to help manage some of the more distressing symptoms, like hallucinations and falls. 
  • And we know that, although people with Parkinson's share symptoms, each person's experience of the condition and response to treatment is different.

Now, the science is ready for us to develop the new treatments and cure that people with Parkinson's so desperately need.

Research takes time but if you have Parkinson’s, you need better treatments now. That’s why we’ve launched the Parkinson's Virtual Biotech to speed up the most promising potential treatments. The more we can invest, the sooner we'll get there.

What will a cure for Parkinson's look like?

Parkinson's varies so much from person to person. There are over 40 symptoms of Parkinson’s. Tremor. Pain. Hallucinations. Everyone’s experience is different. 

Because of this, there may not be a single 'cure'.

Instead we may need a range of different therapies to meet the needs of the individual and their specific form of the condition.

This mix may include treatments, therapies and strategies that can:

  • slow or stop the progression of the condition
  • replace or repair lost or damaged brain cells
  • control and manage particular symptoms
  • diagnose Parkinson's at the earliest possible stage.

And this could involve medical treatments, such as drugs and surgical approaches, as well as lifestyle changes, for example to diet and exercise.

What new treatments are being developed?

Thanks to the progress we've already made, new treatments are being tested in clinical trials that have the potential to slow, stop or even reverse Parkinson's.

These include:

  • stem cell therapies, which aim to use healthy, living cells to replace or repair the damage in the brains of people with Parkinson's 
  • gene therapies, which use the power of genetics to reprogramme cells and change their behaviour to help them stay healthy and work better for longer
  • growth factors (like GDNF), which are naturally occurring molecules that support the growth, development and survival of brain cells.

And we're developing treatments that aim to improve life with the condition, including new drugs that can reduce dyskinesia.

How we're speeding up the search for a cure

We believe that new and better treatments are possible in years, not decades. We have a clear strategy for making this happen. This includes:

We know that the more we're able to invest, the faster we'll be able to deliver. So we're working hard to raise the funds we need to drive things forward faster.