Sheffield volunteers needed to help find Parkinson’s cure

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MEDICS in Sheffield are taking part in the world’s biggest ever in-depth study tracking people with Parkinson’s, in a bid to eventually find a cure for the neurological disorder.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is one of the key centres in the UK taking part in the £1.6 million research funded by Parkinson’s UK - and the team is looking for 3,000 volunteers to take part in the clinical study.

Consultant neurologist Dr Oliver Bandmann, who is leading the team at the hospitals and Sheffield University, said: “Finding a cure for Parkinson’s is what every researcher in the field dreams about. Tracking Parkinson’s is a major new research project and we are very excited to be involved right at the beginning.

“This study really offers hope for the future for people with Parkinson’s and we need eligible people in Sheffield to volunteer to help us make our vision of a cure a reality.”

The team, based at Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience, is looking for people who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s under the age of 50, or those who have been diagnosed within the last three years.

Siblings of either set of participants are also invited to take part.

The aim of the research is to identify elusive warning signs for Parkinson’s, such as ‘biomarkers’ in the blood, that could help develop simple tests like blood tests for early diagnosis.

Despite the efforts of researchers worldwide no biomarkers have yet been identified for Parkinson’s.

For information call freephone 0808 800 0303 or visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/tracking.