The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Launch of new £2m Yorkshire Brain Research Appeal to tackle life-limiting brain conditions

6 January 2014

Leeds Hospitals Charitable Foundation is this week launching a major new fundraising appeal to raise £2million by 2015. It will create a world-class Yorkshire Brain Research Centre at Leeds Teaching Hospitals to help tackle life-threatening conditions including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

Currently 1 in 6 adults suffer from diseases of the brain. With an ageing population brain conditions are a ticking time bomb.

Professor Peter Selby, who helped write the case for the new Yorkshire Brain Research Centre, said: “As the population gets older, there will be a significant increase in brain conditions in Yorkshire in the near future. To have a centre of excellence for brain research at Leeds means that patients do not have to travel out of the county.  The Centre will conduct research for patient benefit and will help Yorkshire scientists find new treatments and drug therapies as well as conduct clinical trials.”

In Yorkshire the number of people over 65 is due to increase by almost half in the next 20 years to close to 1.3 million with the number over 85 rising 90% to 220,00.  The medical community needs to be able to respond to the increase in people living with brain conditions.  By 2030 there will be a 20% increase in Parkinson’s disease with 80% of individuals also succumbing to dementia.

 Professor Selby added: “The Yorkshire Brain Research Centre will help attract the very best clinicians from around the world to train and study at Leeds and grow a strong neurosciences community for the benefit of patients in Yorkshire and beyond. The Yorkshire Brain Research Centre will mean we will have better diagnosis, better treatment and better outcomes for patients in Yorkshire.”

Philanthropist Sir Robert Ogden is the Patron of the campaign.  He commented : "I am proud to support the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre Appeal to help build on the centre of excellence at the Leeds Teaching
Hospitals. Bringing scientist and clinicians together to conduct clinical trials is of critical importance to benefit not just Yorkshire, but the world. Brain conditions are one of the biggest challenges we will face this century. I urge the people of Yorkshire to support this appeal for the benefit of this and future generations.”

To donate £5 Text BRAIN to 88811 or visit www.ybrc.org.uk

The Yorkshire Brain Research Centre is part of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation registered charity 1075308.