Sheffield resident gives £20,000 to medical research

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An anonymous donation of £20,000 from a Sheffield man has boosted pioneering research into Parkinson’s disease.

The local supporter gave the money to help fund research into the second most common degenerative disease at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience

Studies conducted by experts from the University of Sheffield could pave the way for new treatments to halt the progression of the disease.

Dr Oliver Bandman, a reader in neurology, said: “This donation will make a huge difference to our research.

“It will help us with powerful drug screens to analyse the specific effect that drugs already developed for other conditions have on Parkinson’s disease.

“We are exceptionally grateful for any donations as they help us to carry out investigations more quickly and in turn help to attract further funding.”

The donation, announced during Parkinson’s Awareness Week, was the 13,000th gift made to the university’s development and alumni relations office.

Miles Stevenson, director of alumni and donor relations, said: “This is an extremely charitable gift from a very kind, anonymous donor. We would like to express our deep appreciation for their generous support.

“The university was founded through the generosity of local people.

“Medical research has been undertaken since 1828, resulting in many major breakthroughs happening here in Sheffield.”