The Tom Isaacs Award

In memory of Tom Isaacs, who died in May 2017, The Van Andel Research Institute and The Cure Parkinson’s Trust co-created and award The Tom Isaacs Award which is presented at the annual Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s and Rallying to the Challenge meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Each year this award will be presented to a researcher who has shown the greatest impact on the lives of people living with Parkinson’s and/or has involved people with Parkinson’s in a participatory way in their work.

The award is presented jointly by the Van Andel Research Institute and The Cure Parkinson’s Trust in recognition of Tom Isaacs’ vision that a cure for Parkinson’s will be found, but greater value is gained from working with people with Parkinson’s in this quest.

During my time working in the Parkinson’s field, I have come to realise there is a patent lack of communication between scientists, clinicians and people living with Parkinson’s. There is no doubt in my mind that if we all worked together as a team, that this would unlock the gates to a wealth of new thinking, new ideas and, most importantly pave the way to a spate of breakthrough treatments.

Tom Isaacs, the late President and Co-founder of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust

Tom died on 31st May 2017 aged 49 having lived with Parkinson’s for 23 years - he pioneered for a cure for 18 years.

Read our tribute to Tom here.

Nominate your choice of candidate here.