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Oxford group wins largest trust donation for Parkinson's

Oxford group wins largest trust donation for Parkinson's
2nd November 2009

The Oxford Parkinson's Disease Consortium has been given £5 million over five years for research into how Parkinson's disease progresses and initially develops.

Made up of a team of "world-class" researchers at the University of Oxford, the group led by Dr Richard Wade-Martins will receive the funding from the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS), which itself was given the Monument Discovery Award, a new award funded by The Monument Trust.

The funding is the largest single donation from a trust that the PDS has ever received, it was announced, as the late Simon Sainsbury, who established The Monument Trust, had Parkinson's disease and made the condition "of special interest to the trustees".

Dr Wade-Martins continued: "We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen as the Discovery Award winners. Our team of 13 include world-class scientists from the University of Oxford and two Medical Research Council Units working across a number of different disciplines, including genetics, neurology and imaging."

There are 18 grant-making trusts established by the Sainsbury family, with the group stating it is one of "the leading examples of sustained philanthropy in Britain".

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