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 will introduce a new award to be presented at the annual Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s and Rallying to the Challenge meeting on 27th & 28th September 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.

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