Support for Parkinson’s disease research

March 2015


Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurological condition that is caused by the loss of nerve cells in the brain that produces a chemical known as dopamine. It affects one in every 500 people and is estimated that 127,000 people are living with Parkinson’s disease in the UK.


Our donors want to tackle this and a £130,000 research award has been made to Professor Peter Magill at the University of Oxford to investigate the behaviour-related signalling of the nerve cells that are damaged in Parkinson’s disease and how this activity can be restored. The findings of this study would provide important understanding of the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease.


The award was possible thanks to generous legacies from the late William Thomas Morgan, Caroline Louise Stacey Pike, Gordon Abernethy, Edith Harris, Eliza Monk, Florence Preedy as well as donations from Brian Clements and others made in the memory of Fred Hyett and Alice Coultard.