The Parkinson's Research Fund

In most cases, the cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown. Prof. dr. Roosmarijn VandenbrouckeProf. dr. Patrick SantensIn rare cases, the disease is caused by a genetic anomaly. Most patients display their first symptoms between the ages of 50 and 70. In Belgium, between 30,000 and 35,000 people are estimated to suffer from Parkinson’s disease. 

Precisely because the cause is not known, it is even more important to conduct research from different perspectives. The Ghent University Parkinson’s research Fund was co-founded by Professor Roosmarijn Vandenbroucke, Faculty of Sciences, and Professor Patrick Santens, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. In addition, other researchers from the medicine faculty and from the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture are also involved in the fund. By combining forces, the hope is to discover the cause of Parkinson’s more quickly and develop effective treatments.

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Your donation to the Parkinson’s research Fund will go towards supporting research into Parkinson’s, including figuring out the causes and development of treatments for patients.

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We gratefully welcome donations to the Parkinson research Fund – donations can be made via bank transfer to the account number: BE26 3900 9658 0329, including the message "Funds Parkinson”. Your gift is tax deductible starting from €40 per year.

“We are confronted with the consequences and impact of this incurable disease amongst our families and friends. This is why, together with the Flemish Parkinson’s League, we decided to organise a charity concert. The proceeds went to Parkinson’s research at Ghent University. This brought us into contact with the University Fund and so in the end we decided to set up a fund. In this way we hope to inspire others to support research. Step by step towards a better future, the ultimate wish of every Parkinson’s patient – this is what we’re working for.” 
- Anne-Marie Meire, Patrick and Trees Van Hoestenberghe-Ramboer, donors and co-founders of the Fund.

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Background information

The Parkinson’s research Fund was set up at Ghent University in 2020, in consultation with three external founders. They had previously already made donations to various Ghent University researchers working on Parkinson’s, for example, by raising money with a charity concert organised in collaboration with the Flemish Parkinson’s League. 

In order to connect the different researchers and to ensure that donations to Parkinson’s research are channelled to wherever the need is greatest, on the advice of the University Fund a fund was set up. One thing that is special about this fund is the fact that is brings together researchers from different disciplines and faculties. Both the Faculty of Sciences as well as the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences are involved.


The aim of the fund is to provide financial support for research into Parkinson’s. Research topics related to Parkinson’s can include, amongst others:

  • Research into the aetiology and pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s syndromes;
  • Research based on animal research models and cell cultures into Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s syndromes;
  • Research into the impact of therapeutical interventions building on insights into the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s syndromes;
  • Public outreach projects about the areas of research mentioned above.

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Do you have questions about this or any of the other Ghent University funds? Please get in touch and we will be happy to assist you.

University Fund of Ghent University
Wim Van der Planken
+32 9 264 33 84