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Our funding priorities

In order to continue with our ground breaking research which could potentially change the lives of millions of people worldwide we need to secure £1.6million in philanthropic funding.

Neurostimulation service: £165,000

Word has spread about the success of our ground-breaking research and we are receiving an increasing number of enquiries from individuals and private care services who would like to make use of it. We do not currently have the infrastructure in place to meet this need. A Neurostimulation Service here at the University of Kent would not only provide public access to our experimental therapy but also help the University meet its civic mission, ensure the longevity of the programme, and provide inspirational training opportunities for our students who would help run it. A donation would, amongst other costs, help pay for the stimulation devices and would enable us to appoint a Research Nurse to run the service.

Halting the progression of Parkinson’s Disease: £537,000

We need to carry out state-of-the-art brain imaging to find out more about why our treatment can induce dramatic improvements in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. This mechanistic study would be conducted at the renowned Brighton & Sussex Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre and would help secure the clinical recommendations needed to put our treatment into hospitals and GP surgeries. The study already has the backing of leading hospitals in the UK for Parkinson’s disease care.

Bringing people back from persistent vegetative state: £465,000

Our treatment has prompted the dramatic return of awareness and goal-directed behaviour in individuals in a vegetative state. We now need to test more individuals to see whether more people in this end of life condition can be brought back. There is currently no effective treatment for those in this situation.

Overcoming attentional impairment in Stroke: £450,000

The research will pilot a new treatment for hemi-spatial neglect. This is a disabling and persistent disorder that arises after stroke, causing sufferers to act as if one half of their visual world is missing. Symptoms include bumping into objects, and failing to notice people on the affected side. The condition is amongst the most common after stroke and severely reduces functional independence.

Impact statement

 

Professor David Wilkinson is a world expert. He and his team need the financial backing to focus all of their efforts into a clinical, research and training centre of excellence at the University of Kent which would ensure that the UK remains a world-leader in therapeutic brain stimulation.