North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has 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. It affects 127,000 people in the UK – roughly one in 500 of the population. Although researchers have made significant progress into understanding the condition better, there are currently no treatments which help stop, slow or reverse the symptoms.
Parkinson’s UK, as one of the 133 members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), is urging all MPs to work after the Brexit vote to ensure the UK remains a vibrant centre for research.
The charity is highlighting the importance of 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.
After meeting Parkinson’s UK at the recent Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton, Norman Lamb MP said:
“For decades the UK and EU have worked collaboratively to fund and provide valuable research into conditions such as Parkinson’s, and it would be a disaster if future collaboration is put in jeopardy by Brexit. 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 Norman Lamb 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.”
About Parkinson’s UK
- Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson's.
- It affects 127,000 people in the UK - which is around one in 500 of the population.
- Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.
- Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.
- For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call the free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.