A professor of movement disorders and neurology at King’s College Hospital has been awarded the 2018 Van Andel Award for outstanding research in Parkinson’s disease.
Professor K Ray Chaudhuri, who has worked at King’s for 23 years and is a consultant neurologist specialising in movement disorders and a parkinsonologist, was honoured for his work with Parkinson’s patients. The award recognised his outstanding contribution to improving patients’ quality of life and for conducting research to find new therapies.
He was given the award earlier last week at the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is only the second from the UK, the previous awardee being Professor Andrew Lees.
When making their decision, the institute looked for a clinician who had shown an exceptional level of commitment in supporting Parkinson’s research to advance current knowledge of the condition and specifically the “hidden-face" aspects of Parkinson's – non-motor symptoms (the symptoms not connected to movement).
Professor Chaudhuri said: “I am delighted to have been given this award, it’s a huge honour. I have always been motivated by the desire to improve the quality of life for patients with this challenging condition and my research team and I are continuing our work to understand more about the non-motor aspects of Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.”
King’s College Hospital is a specialist centre and one of 14 Parkinson Foundation centre of excellence for Parkinson’s disease in the world. Professor Chaudhuri is one of the world’s leading clinical academics for the condition. In 2017 he was awarded the Royal College of Physicians London Award for outstanding research leadership. His clinical expertise also covers management of restless legs syndrome on which he has written two books.