The World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson Community was created to honour those whose efforts best embody the goals of the World Parkinson Congress: to inspire more community building and expand collaboration on basic and clinical research, medical practices, care partner initiatives, and advocacy that impact the Parkinson community.

Tom is one of three individuals selected to receive the first of these awards for their outstanding contributions and service to the Parkinson community:

Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the young age of 26. Now at 48, he has been living with the condition for over 21 years. He has one enduring ambition - to see a life where Parkinson's can be reversed for the 150,000 people living with the condition in the UK, and 10 million people worldwide.

In 2002, Tom undertook an incredible physical and fundraising challenge, walking the 4,500 mile coastline of Britain, climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales - then capping it all by running the London marathon! Along the way, Tom met with thousands of people with Parkinson's and researchers. The walk affirmed Tom's interest in advocacy and research into the condition. Two years later, Tom founded The Cure Parkinson's Trust (CPT) - to fund research into slowing, stopping and reversing Parkinson's with the aim of making a difference to those living with the condition within 5 years.

Since its creation, CPT has raised £12 million for research. Tom's vision is to help find a cure for Parkinson's. He believes that only through talking about Parkinson's can we raise the profile of the disease and, with the funding, fast track research to a cure. 

Congratulations and huge thanks to Tom - a truly deserving winner!

Read more about this award and the other recipients.

Download a copy of Tom's plenary speech from World Parkinson Congress 2016