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Setting sail for better Parkinson’s care

Posted by
Raymond Nieuwland - Patient Value Unit, Neurology
02-Aug-2016
5 UCB employees set sail at the Sail4Parkinson regatta in the Netherlands to raise funds for Parkinson’s research.

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The UCB crew were aboard a Lemsteraak, a traditional Dutch sailing ship, which took in several IJsselmeer cities including Hindeloopen, Workum and Stavoren. There were 11 boats in all and more than 100 participants in the event which took place on May 27.

Our support for this initiative reflects our ongoing commitment to improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease in the Netherlands and around the world.

Currently there are 50,000 patients with Parkinson’s disease in the Netherlands and it is expected that this number will rise to 75,000 patients within 10 years. It is estimated that 6.3 million people are living with the disease worldwide.

By participating in Sail4Parkinson we are supporting scientific research and new innovations for people with Parkinson's disease. Sail4Parkinson is co-organised by UCB with the Dutch organisation ‘Point for Parkinson’, a centre of expertise in Groningen for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Point  for Parkinson is an innovative initiative which brings together Parkinson's care services from the Martini Hospital, Groningen University Medical Center Groningen and Care Group. This approach delivers the highest levels of care, education and science.

UCB collaborates with Point for Parkinson on several patient-centric projects and educational meetings, working towards our shared goal of helping people living with Parkinson’s disease to regain control of their lives.

The regatta was a great way to raise funds which will be used to support the research and development of new innovative treatments for Parkinson’s disease.