Dr Simon Stott and Prof Bastiaan Bloem receive Tom Isaacs Award 2018
“Dr Bloem is deeply committed to collaborating closely with people with Parkinson’s in all aspects of his work — a fact that was important to Tom and that should be a shining example to us all. Through his efforts with ParkinsonNet, people with Parkinson’s in the Netherlands and a growing number of other countries are able to much more easily access specialised care needed to ensure quality of life.” Professor Patrik Brundin, Associate Director of Research at VARI and Tom Isaacs Award judging panellist.[caption id="attachment_5304" align="alignright" width="378"] Dr Simon Stott at the awards ceremony 2018[/caption]Dr Simon Stott is a research associate in the lab of Prof Roger Barker at Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, Cambridge University, and is an active member of the Parkinson’s Research Advocacy Group. Since 2015, Stott has run the ‘Science of Parkinson’s’ website in his limited spare time, which is dedicated to translating the complex science behind the disease into an accessible, patient-friendly format.
“Dr Stott’s dedication to the Parkinson’s community goes far beyond his day job as a neuroscientist,” says Patrik Brundin. “His blog has become an indispensable and outstanding tool for communicating the latest research to a broad audience in an interactive, easy-to understand way, and creates a much-needed bridge between the lab and patients. In a short time, he has developed a global following via his blog and other social media outlets.”CPT is thrilled to announce both winners this year, and recognise them for their outstanding achievements. Both recipients are tireless advocates for the Parkinson’s community, whose inclusive work and extensive outreach helps shrink the gap between scientists and patients. Tom Isaacs, who became one of the best known patient advocates for Parkinson’s in the world, believed passionately in this patient-centred approach and the Tom Isaacs Award is dedicated to his spirit and determination.The award has been presented on 27 September at the annual Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s and Rallying to the Challenge meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan.[caption id="attachment_5303" align="alignright" width="900"] Tom Isaacs Award 2018 ceremony at the annual Grand Challenges in Parkinson’s and Rallying to the Challenge meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan[/caption]
'The things you can't get from the books'
Parkinson's Academy, our original and longest running Academy, houses 19 years of inspirational projects, resources, and evidence for improving outcomes for people with Parkinson's. Led by co-founder and educational director Dr Peter Fletcher, the Academy has a truly collegiate feel and prides itself on delivering 'the things you can't get from books' - a practical learning model which inspires all Neurology Academy courses.