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Poole Hospital research specialist nurses take on neurological diseases

neurology researchImportant clinical research is being undertaken at Poole Hospital into the causes and treatments of neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.

Clinical research offers the best way to compare different approaches to preventing and treating illness and health problems as well as the underlying causes of illness. The evidence from clinical research can aid health professionals and patients to help understand which treatments work best. 

The neurological research trials undertaken at Poole Hospital will contribute to information about neurological diseases, how they work and evolve. According to the Neurological Alliance charity it is estimated that 12.5 million people in the United Kingdom alone suffer from neurological conditions.

One of the most recent studies to be undertaken at the hospital is PD Safe, a study that investigates the effectiveness of a physiotherapy exercise programme in reducing falls in Parkinson’s disease. Other neurological studies that have been undertaken at Poole Hospital include the genetic analysis of multiple sclerosis using DNA samples to understand more about MS and a study investigating the effectiveness of a new speech therapy technique in Parkinson’s disease.

Neurological research nurse, Annemieke Fox, said: “Studies like these are an important way of helping prevent and treat illness and health problems.

“There is still so much to learn about neurological conditions, they can significantly affect a person’s quality of life, so it is vital to learn as much as we can about them and raise awareness.”

The neurology research team have recently been assigned a dedicated research area for neurological conditions including epilepsy, Parkinson’s, MS and Huntington’s disease as well as acquired brain injuries. This will allow them to concentrate on gathering the data and recruiting people with a neurological condition to the trials.

The neurology research trials are low involvement but the information from participants is crucial to understanding these conditions. Each study has specific criteria that participants must meet in order to take part, but people interested in being part of a neurological disease trial should contact Annemieke Fox on 01202 263210 or email

Image shows: The research team Sacha Crowley, Annemieke Fox, David Higenbottham, Lynette Corney with hospital chairman Angela Schofield,

Date: 4 November 2014

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