The Trial – An ambitious long term project which follows a number of patients as they embark on a unique clinical trial, one that could result in a way to stop or even reverse Parkinson’s Disease, the neurodegenerative disorder that affects one in 500 people.
The aim of the trial, which started at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol in early 2013, is to put a new treatment for the disease to the ultimate test: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled medical trial.
Controversially, even those patients in the placebo group in this trial have to undergo invasive brain surgery, raising profound ethical questions. It is the first time television cameras have been allowed in to document a medical trial in depth.
The repercussions of this trial are enormous – for the trial volunteers, the researchers and potentially, for the millions of people all over the world who have Parkinson’s.
Producer: Passionate Productions
Source: BBC press release