Preventing degenerative brain diseases

Potentially revolutionary research into Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and dementia is being undertaken at a centre created by our £1.5m grant.

We’re dedicated to

Identifying people at risk of dementia, Parkinson's Disease and multiple sclerosis, so we can intervene before symptoms begin, and finding new ways to prevent the disease.

The difference we’re making

  • Enabling large-scale trials to find the people most at risk and investigate whether preventative treatments work 
  • Facilitating research with potential global health significance, which could help hundreds of thousands of people age more healthily
  • Potentially easing the strain on the NHS by reducing the number of patients with degenerative neurological diseases
  • Researching how we can use simple treatments to stop these disorders, such as:
    • Can nicotine lower your risk of developing Parkinson's Disease?
    • Can vaccinating against the Epstein Barr Virus prevent multiple sclerosis?
    • Can aspirin reduce the effects of dementia?
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The researchers 

The Wolfson Institute, led by Professor Jack Cuzick, is a world leader in clinical trials of preventive treatments for cancer and other conditions.

Professor Cuzick received a CBE for his services to breast cancer research and is applying the same methodology to these degenerative neurological diseases, partnering with leading neurologist Professor Gavin Giovannoni.

“Brain diseases such as dementia are among the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. By spotting them early, we may be able to prevent or delay them – and help people age more healthily.”

Professor Jack Cuzick, CBE

Funding extraordinary healthcare

A report for Alzheimer's Research UK predicts that of people born this year, one in three will develop dementiaThe socioeconomic burden of this and other major neurodegenerative diseases cannot be understated. By the time the disease presents itself, irreversible damage has already been done. Early identification of individuals at risk is therefore critical in order to prevent the worst effects of these diseases.

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