Everything we do is driven by people affected by Parkinson's.
That's why we're striving for new and better treatments - in years, not decades.
GDNF clinical trial
This ground-breaking trial tested whether GDNF treatment can slow, stop or reverse Parkinson's.
The unique study is the subject of a 2 part documentary series for BBC Two - 'The Parkinson's Drug Trial: A Miracle Cure?' - which charts the experiences of 9 trial participants.
Do you want to take part in research?
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How we're delivering better treatments faster
As the largest charitable funder of Parkinson's research in Europe, we're committed to finding new and better treatments, and a cure, as quickly as possible.
That's why we've set up pioneering initiatives to tackle the critical roadblocks, fill the gaps and invest in big ideas that will speed up the process and deliver treatments to the people who need them, faster.
Our research blogs - from cannabis to exercise
With over 100 blog posts so far, our research blog is the place to go if you are interested in Parkinson's research. Here are just a few of our top posts so far:
- The case for (and against) cannabis
- Could we treat Parkinson’s naturally?
- How do levodopa medications work?
- Exenatide – latest trial results explained
- Starting Parkinson's drugs - research explained
- Why do Parkinson’s drugs cause dyskinesia?
- What’s in the pipeline for Parkinson’s?
- Can Parkinson’s risk be reduced?
- Anxiety and Parkinson’s: ask the expert
- Exercise in Parkinson’s: what’s best?
Discover the key challenges and solutions to tackling Parkinson's, find out what the experts have to say, and get the lowdown on stories in the headlines.
Discover a research event near you
Join us at a research event to find about Parkinson's research and meet the researchers working to deliver new and better treatments.
There are many different types of event, such as visits to labs, open days and talks, all around the UK. And this year we’ll be bringing you many more opportunities for engaging with researchers close to you.
We will also be live streaming our 'Research Roadshow' conferences, so you can join in a research event from the comfort of your living room.
Progress, our research magazine
Our free, twice yearly magazine keeps you up to date with all that's happening in Parkinson's research. From research results and new projects to real life stories and opportunities to get involved – there’s something for everyone.
You can subscribe to receive the next issue, or download copies of our magazine to catch up on everything that’s been happening.
Your research questions, answered
WHEN WILL THERE BE A CURE?
We want to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson's. To do this, we need better treatments and a cure. There are many promising potential treatments for Parkinson's, and we accelerating every part of the research pipeline to deliver them faster.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED in research?
There are many ways to get involved and help shape our research. Our Research Support Network can help you find out about the latest research opportunities, from taking part in clinical studies to joining us at a research event. All you need is an email address to start your research journey.
What research IS PARKINSON's UK funding?
Since the start of our strategic period in 2015, we’ve invested £18million in research. Alongside our pioneering research initiatives, we're backing the best and brightest minds to unlock the ideas that will lead to new treatments, and one day a cure.
We're funding a diverse range of research projects, including cutting-edge stem cell research and our Parkinson's UK Brain Bank, at every stage of the research pipeline.
How will research improve life?
We know finding a cure will take time – so we also champion research to improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's and their families.
From setting a list of priority areas for research to improve everyday life, to working with researchers to support life research, discover how we're tackling the symptoms of Parkinson's.
Get IN TOUCH
Have a question you need answering? You can get in touch with the research team by emailing [email protected] and we'll be happy to help.
Nicotine and Parkinson's
Nicotine has been shown to mimic the role of neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters which are commonly lost in Parkinson’s. The next step is to turn this into a safe treatment.