The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) is thrilled to announce former England rugby captain Mike Tindall as its new patron. Mike’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003, and it was through his parents that Mike became aware of the pioneering research work of CPT; and an amusing game of golf with the late Co-founder Tom Isaacs! 

To mark the occasion, Mike visited the labs of Professor Roger Barker (left) at The John Van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge, where CPT funded research is carried out. Professor Barker said: "We were thrilled to have Mike Tindall visit the lab as a new patron of CPT. It was great to show him all the work we do and the difference that CPT funding has made to that, and our ambition to better treat and cure people of this condition."

During his visit to the lab, Mike was shown the exciting new CPT funded research which is headed by Professor Barker. This particular project is designed to identify which drugs are most likely to slow or stop the progression of Parkinson’s through the study and transformation of patient-based “induced neuronal” cells (iNs). A variety of drugs will then be used to treat the cells to determine whether they can correct the processes which are not functioning properly. Professor Barker is also currently leading an innovative cell replacement therapy study, which is part funded by CPT.

Having witnessed the life-changing effects of Parkinson’s first-hand, Mike is committed to fundraising and raising awareness for CPT:

I was so honoured and proud when CPT asked me to become patron,” says Mike. “What they’re doing across the board, the way they’ve managed to pull the best brains in the world together to focus on one sole problem has just been astounding.

Mike (with Tom and Lyndsey Isaacs, and Mike's wife, Zara Tindall), has supported CPT for a number of years and in 2017, held a Celebrity Golf Classic at The Belfry to raise funds for our research. Guests included Kenny Dalglish, England cricketer Graeme Swann and F1 legend David Coulthard, as well as rugby stars Austin Healey and Iain Balshaw and television presenters Gethin Jones and Denise Van Outen. Over £140,000 was raised for CPT and the Matt Hampson Foundation. On 18th May 2018, Mike will once again invite a host of celebrity guests to tee off at The Belfry in support of CPT.

We are delighted that Mike has agreed to take on the role of patron of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. He has been a great supporter and ambassador for the charity for some time and his enthusiasm and commitment to finding a cure are clear to all who meet him at our events. We look forward to working with him further to promote our search for the treatments which slow, stop and reverse this devastating condition.” said Will Cook, CEO The Cure Parkinson's Trust.

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