Funding Neuro funds research focused on solving the common problems which hinder progress towards cures and effective treatments for all conditions which affect the brain and spinal column.
Founded by Bearsden-based lawyer Bryn Williams after his own diagnosis with Parkinson’s at the age of 36, Funding Neuro is a small charity that aims to revolutionise the treatment of brain disorders. In 40 years, minimal progress has been made treating serious brain disorders as man-made drugs cannot penetrate the bodies protective Blood Brain Barrier. This problem is solved by Convection Enhanced Delivery (CED), a new technology which surgically implants 3D printed micro-catheters into the brain. These micro-catheters are then able to bypass the Blood Brain Barrier to infuse drugs directly where they are needed.
We seed-funded a clinical trial into the use of CED to treat Parkinson’s. This trial just finished stage 2, with all participants showing 40% improvement in symptoms and 100% neuro-regeneration.
We are now fundraising for a clinical trial that will use the CED system to help children diagnosed with the deadliest form of brain cancer DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma). No child has ever survived DIPG and the average life expectancy after each child’s diagnosis is just 7-9 months.
The development of CED has meant that for the first time, these families have hope.
Funding Neuro aims to:
- To raise £900,000 to run a clinical trial into the use of CED as a treatment method for DIPG. DIPG is a childhood brain tumour that no child has yet survived.
- To raise awareness of, firstly, Young Onset Parkinson's and DIPG and secondly all of the work that we do, to as wide an audience as possible.
- To build a neuro treatment centre. Patients with brain disorders- including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Glioblastoma and DIPG are failed by a lack of facilities for treatment. We aim to change this.
Established: February 2007
Board members: 3
Full time staff: 5
Part time staff: 1
Phone number: 0141 530 4424
Address: Geason House, 145 North Street, Glasgow G3 7DAView charity accounts on the Scottish Charity Commission website
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