Parkinson's is a debilitating condition affecting over 145,000 people in the UK alone and 10 million people worldwide. It is a neurological disorder characterised by tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement and balance problems. Other symptoms can include mood changes, loss of sense of smell, chronic pain and sleep disruption. It is predicted that 1 person in 37 will receive a diagnosis of Parkinson's in their lifetime.
The Cure Parkinson's Trust (CPT) is the only organisation in the UK solely dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's. Founded in 2005 by four people living with Parkinson's, CPT takes a patient-centred approach to funding innovative projects and inspirational scientists with the potential to change the course of the condition and make a difference to the lives of people with Parkinson's.
In the 15 years since the charity was first formed, The Cure Parkinson's Trust has led the way in bringing real focus to global research towards finding a cure for Parkinson's. The charity's International Linked Clinical Trials (iLCT) programme identifies potential new treatments by taking existing drugs used to treat other diseases and testing them as treatments for Parkinson's. Our role is to develop clinical trials to understand if these drugs may be effective to slow, stop or even reverse the progression of Parkinson's. We have already seen some extremely promising results and we believe that our pioneering and collaborative approach to research will one day soon, deliver curative treatments for Parkinson's.
We have come a long way in 15 years, but if it takes another 15 years to find a cure, then that will be far too long. Please help us to further increase the momentum towards finding a cure and to say goodbye to Parkinson's for ever.
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