Please support our team as we sail the 2019 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race to raise funds for research into Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease at the University of Sydney. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, we are aiming to raise $75,000 to support ground-breaking research. The 628 nautical mile course is described as the most gruelling long ocean race in the world and we would love your encouragement as we seek to raise funds for a cause close to our hearts.
Our team includes Associate Professor Raymond Schwartz, his sons Laurence and Daniel, Associate Professor Phil Stricker, Michael Dinte and Michael Herrman. We are already training hard under skipper Steve Capell and his experienced crew members on Eve, a classic Swan 65 foot sailing yacht.
An iconic challenge
Team Eve has decided to take advantage of this unique opportunity to support research into diseases which affect many Australian families: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
There is nothing worse than watching your loved one struggle with worsening Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. It can be a very confronting, emotional and traumatic time for the whole family. Some of us have personal experience and live with the profound impact of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease on family members and friends. We would love to support those who are working to improve the lives of those suffering from these debilitating diseases, and their carers.
Neurodegenerative diseases research at the University of Sydney
The University of Sydney is engaged in world-leading research into Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are becoming increasingly prevalent in our ageing population, not only in Australia but worldwide. They have a devastating impact on those affected and place a huge economic and social burden on our community.
Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, robs an individual of their personality and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is currently the most common form of dementia, and the third most common cause of death. In Australia, there are more than 413,000 people living with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, that number is expected to more than double by 2050.
Parkinson’s Disease affects 1 in 1,000 people is second only to Alzheimer’s as a cause for dementia. Most commonly, it causes problems with movement and other symptoms including poor memory, mood and sleep disturbance. There is currently no cure and it can be hard to diagnose, leading to a delay in treatment.
The University is committed to discovering early detection methods, identifying new treatments and understanding the underlying mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease.
What your donation will support
Your gift will support research into Alzheimer’s Disease, currently led by Professor Jillian Krill and Associate Professor Greg Sutherland, and research into Parkinson’s Disease, currently led by Professor Glenda Halliday and Professor Simon Lewis.
Professor Jillian Kril is an internationally recognised research neuropathologist and biobanking expert with over 20 years’ experience in research, teaching and clinical service in human neuropathology. Her research includes the study of neurodegeneration of varying causes including alcohol-related brain damage, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), motor neuron disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Associate Professor Greg Sutherland has a PhD in molecular medicine from the University of Auckland, and is now Associate Professor in Pathology based in the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC). He also leads the ‘Brain and Body’ research node at the CPC, which aims to understand the bidirectional relationships between the brain and systemic chronic disorders such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Professor Glenda Halliday is a Professor of Neuroscience and leads a research team of 70 researchers who together are working to progress knowledge of non-Alzheimer dementias and degenerative motor syndromes. Her group is internationally recognized for work on genetic forms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Professor Simon Lewis is a Consultant Neurologist and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre, where he is the Director of the Parkinson's Disease Research Clinic. He also leads the NSW Movement Disorders Brain Donor program.
All donations $2 and above are tax deductible. Please give generously - and thank you very much for your support.
Raymond, Phil, Laurence, Daniel, Michael D. and Michael H.