Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner joined up with the charity Parkinson’s UK’s to ensure that vital research collaborations and funding for studies into Parkinson’s continue following the decision to leave the European Union.
Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there is currently no cure. Although researchers have made significant progress into understanding the condition better, there are currently no treatments which help stop, slow or reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Although remaining neutral throughout the EU referendum, Parkinson’s UK, as one of the 133 members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), is urging all MPs to acknowledge the potential risks and opportunities leaving the EU will have for life sciences in the UK, and work to ensure the UK remains a vibrant centre for research.
The charity is particularly highlighting the possible impact on continued access to EU research funding streams; maintaining ease of travel for patients and the ability for technicians to work across the EU; and ensuring that the EU and UK regulatory frameworks are compatible and aligned.
Parkinson’s affects 127,000 people in the UK – which is around one in 500 of the population. With the baby boomer generation becoming older, the number of people with neurodegenerative conditions, including Parkinson’s, is likely to increase and will become one of the biggest issues faced by healthcare.
At the Labour Party National Conference in Liverpool, Daniel Zeichner MP said; “For decades the UK and EU have worked collaboratively to fund and provide valuable research into conditions such as Parkinson’s. The UK has a long and proud history in the sciences, and it’s important that we continue to be an attractive country for researchers and technicians to conduct vital research which could improve the lives and health of thousands of people. ”
Policy and campaigns programme manager at Parkinson’s UK, Laura Cockram, said; “It’s encouraging to see Daniel Zeichner MP is supporting the need for collaboration and co-operation between the UK and the EU following the referendum and upcoming negotiations.
“Finding new treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s is crucial in helping improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s and ultimately finding a cure for this devastating condition.”
For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.