Promising new partnership for those with Parkinson’s Disease
Dundee University in Scotland has announced it is partnering with the Bukwang Pharmaceutical Company in Korea to develop a potential new drug treatment for those suffering with Parkinson’s Disease.
Potential breakthrough in Parkinson's treatment
Along with Oxford University, Dundee’s drug discovery unit (DDU) has identified special molecules that have the potential to reduce levels of a protein that kills important nerve cells in the brain. The new partnership will fund three more years of research into this exciting advancement with the hope that they will be able to develop the molecules towards clinical development and practical use.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease, which affects around 1 in 500 people, is a neurological condition where areas of the brain become progressively damaged. People with the condition don’t produce enough dopamine, an important chemical that functions as a neurotransmitter and controls the signals sent from the body to the brain. This means the brain can’t control movement properly and this leads to the three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease; involuntary tremors or shaking, slow movements and muscle stiffness. Though there are treatments available, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s which is why this new three-year partnership between Dundee University and Bukwang Pharmaceutical Company is so important.
Caring for those with Parkinson’s
While many people with the condition can live normal lives, their care needs will change, and likely increase, as the disease progresses. Burley’s Home Care are specialists in providing the right care for those with Parkinson’s and work hard to carefully tailor our care packages to their specific needs. What’s more, our home care packages allow our clients to remain happily in their home without compromising on their independence or safety so that they can continue to enjoy life to the full.
If you or a loved one is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Burley’s Home Care can help relieve some pressure by providing practical and compassionate home care across the south. To request a free care assessment, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today.