The purpose of the Neurosciences Research Foundation is to help our many patients, suffering from diseases which are often terrible. The central nervous system is immensely complex and our scientific understanding of its diseases is often very limited. Too many diseases of the brain and spinal cord are still untreatable and any progress in finding effective treatment depends on medical research.
The Neurosciences Research Foundation was set up thirty years ago to help continue the research into diseases of the brain and spinal cord at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital for which the hospital was famous. The Nobel laureate Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, for instance, had developed CT brain scanning there in 1972 - a world first that transformed medicine. Atkinson Morley’s Hospital was closed in 2003 and the neuroscience services transferred to St. George’s Hospital, where we have continued to carry out ground-breaking research, with work on spinal cord injuries, molecular biochemistry and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease.
Research is expensive and funds in the UK for research are very limited. We need all the help we can get to help our patients. The nature of research is such that we do not know what we will find until we start looking, but we are determined to continue our work, and with your help, we hope to find new ways to help our patients with diseases for which there is currently little effective treatment.
That is why I commend the Neuro Neurosciences Research Foundation. All of the research that it supports is patient-centred. Every penny you donate goes to helping us to know more – and so do more to help those who need it most. Please join me in supporting this truly worthy cause in whatever way you can.
Mr Henry Marsh