The International Parkinson’s Centre of Excellence in Parkinson group focuses on high quality clinical and translational work addressing non motor aspects of Parkinson’s disease (PD) regarded and listed as a key unmet need by NICE. The group has focused on setting up an international network of research centres for a combined non motor data registry tracking natural history. This is mediated through two main networks:
Led by Professor K Ray Chaudhuri, Director of the National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence at King’s College Hospital and King’s College London, the team spans across neurosciences, nursing and therapies, and provides a full spectrum of services. It also acknowledges the integration of care with research and education across the service. Innovations include a patient advisory group for research, an international training course for specialist Parkinson’s nurses, and consultations via Skype for patients who can’t make it to hospital.
Professor Chaudhuri said, “This award is a fantastic achievement and recognises a real team effort across King’s Health Partners. By integrating patient care and research we aim to provide the best possible treatment for patients with Parkinson’s now and in the future.”