Working for better diagnosis, better treatment and better outcomes for patients with brain conditions.

Yorkshire Brain Appeal is dedicated to funding research into brain diseases with a particular focus on epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

A team led by Professor Helen Ford continues to deliver on the Yorkshire Brain Appeal’s purpose: conducting research studies into brain disease and ensuring patients in Leeds have access to clinical trials.

In 2022/23, further funding was provided to appoint a brain research nurse with a focus on three multi-centre multiple sclerosis (MS) trials. 

Collage of Claire and Camilla


READ MORE: Specialist Nurse supporting clinical trail helps MS patient live in "here and now"


In addition, Clinical Fellow Dr Linford Fernandes concluded a pilot study with 42 progressive MS patients, that commenced in 2019, looking into how different treatments and drugs affect hand mobility.

This is the first study of its kind, and its results will need to be replicated in future studies, but it shows that hand function is severely affected in many people with progressive MS and this is not always related to mobility. While there will be no change to the clinical care of the patients in the study as a direct result of its findings, the data Dr Fernandes has obtained will help clinicians to develop effective and accurate ways of monitoring hand function. The aim is to make this part of routine clinical care, especially for people who report difficulties with hand function.

The study has also provided valuable insights into how motion capture can be used to analyse and monitor hand function.


Read More: Interview with Linford Fernandes: MS Research supported by Leeds Hospitals Charity


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Meet the clinicians supporting the Yorkshire Brain Appeal!

Dr Rumana Chowdhury

Dr Rumana Chowdhury specialises in dementia research, which is one of the main research strands of the Yorkshire Brain Appeal.


Read more: Yorkshire Brain Appeal - Meet the Team: Dr Rumana Chowdhury


Fundraising for the Yorkshire Brain Appeal 

Mike running as part of UK triathlon challenge

To celebrate his 70th birthday, Mike Bosomworth took on an epic challenge to raise funds for the Yorkshire Brain Appeal, a linked charity of Leeds Hospitals Charity.

Mike, who has previously completed cycles across America and Canada to help fund brain research, has recently conquered the UK Ultimate Triathlon, tackling the Iron Man Distance, of a 2.4 mile swim, 26.2 mile run and 112 mile bike ride


Read more: Mike celebrates 70th birthday by fundraising for Yorkshire Brain Appeal


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