Heavy Metal band Judas Priest are now focusing their firepower toward a new and innovative treatment for Parkinson’s. The Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation, named after their guitarist, has been set up to further the development of treatment that could benefit over 6 million people.
Despite having had Parkinson’s for the past 10 years, Glenn Tipton, the original guitarist for the band, still occasionally plays with Judas Priest at gigs. Currently they are funding the research with sales of a line of their t-shirts that says “No Surrender” on its back – a track off their latest album.
The particular branch of treatment that the Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation is interested in developing is unilateral MRI-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy for treatment-resistant essential tremor. This process will hopefully become the non-invasive alternative to current procedures. Early results have been promising, so it's great to have this extra support for further research into the treatment.