Funding Neuro are delighted to be supporting the GDNF Participant Unifying challenge

A group of pioneering medical trial participants are set to embark on a 4,200-mile fundraising challenge to support further research into potentially life changing treatments for Parkinson’s. The money raised will be split between three charities to support work in neurotrophic factors, a series of naturally occurring proteins including GDNF and C-CDNF, which can restore damaged brain cells.

Between 1st and 14th September 2021, 42 teams will each cover 100 miles in their own way – walking, running, swimming, cycling, rowing or any other form of human powered travel. Each team will represent one of the participants in the last trial involving GDNF which was the focus of a 2018 BBC documentary entitled “The Parkinson’s Drug Trial – A Miracle Cure?”.

Many of the teams will be led by trial participants, joined by friends, family and other people who are living with Parkinson’s. Each team will be fundraising through sponsorship and donations,  hoping to reach up to £4,200 which will be a further contribution to the overall target of £1 million the GDNF Participant Group committed to raise when they formed.

To find out more about the challenge and the GDNF’ers go to To create a team or join the Funding Neuro team please contact