The Parkinson's Appeal for Deep brain Stimulation

Welcome to The Parkinson's Appeal for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

The Parkinson's Appeal was set up in 2001 by Lyn Rothman when her husband Mo was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. After learning about the life-changing operation called Deep Brain Stimulation performed on journalist Michael Holman by Professor Benabid in Grenoble, a pioneer of the procedure, Lyn was determined to help the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, UK secure the services of the world-renowned Neurosurgeon Professor Marwan Hariz so others could benefit from the operation.

Professor Hariz arrived to lead the new unit in October 2002, having accepted the Edmond J. Safra Chair in Functional Neurosurgery. The team performed its first operation a month later. Since then the team has achieved:

  • 480+ Deep Brain Stimulation Operations
  • Very high rate of success
  • No major complications
  • Research of worldwide significance

After ten magnificent years it was with enormous gratitude that the Chair was formally renamed the Simon Sainsbury Chair of Functional Neurosurgery in memory of the late Hon Simon Sainsbury.

This site can help visitors find out more about Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease and other neurological disorders such as Dystonia; Tremor; Epilepsy; Multiple Sclerosis; Tourette Syndrome and Depression. In addition, information can be found on available treatments and the latest research.

You're not alone - there are others out there like you - read our patients', friends and relatives stories.

I do hope you can help us provide financial support for Professor Hariz and his team of nine experts to meet the increasing demand for DBS services.

Your donation will ensure that the operation will become more widely available through the NHS, for as long as it is needed to restore the lives of these sick patients. It will also support the ongoing training of surgeons, neurologists and other health care professionals to provide the best holistic care possible for the patients.

Finally, your donation will help the development of the research that is a prerequisite for providing better and more efficient help for patients with brain disorders.

Lyn Rothman Hon Fellow UCL
The Parkinson's Appeal Fund Chairman and Founder


Parkinson's disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disease usually affecting large numbers of people in middle to old age. However, in some cases it starts before the age of 40. This is known as young onset Parkinson's disease.

In the UK, there are 10,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease every year, and an estimated 120, 000 sufferers in all. The rate is one per cent in those aged above 65; 1 in 20 of patients diagnosed will be under 40 years old.


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Donations to placed in a restricted fund for Deep Brain Stimulation to be managed by UCLH Charity

The Parkinson's Appeal is a fund within UCLH Charity Registered Charity No: 229771


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