The Art of Parkinsons: Movement Disorders Essay Prize winners announced

The BGS has announced the winners of its Movement Disorders Section essay prize 2019. The title of this year's essay entries was The Art of Parkinson's and the the winning essays are shared below by kind permission of the authors.

First prize - George Higginbotham

It is clear that art can bring a great deal of happiness to people livening with Parkinson’s disease. Regardless of the underlying mechanism of increased creativity in Parkinson’s disease, whether it is a symptom of disease or medication, the blossoming of artistic expression can be one of the few gifts given by disease. Similarly, the impact of art in improving quality of life through therapy cannot be underestimated, and this should remain a focus for all those involved in the care of people living with Parkinson’s."

Click below to read George's winning essay.

Second prize - David Munn

So far, many studies have shown a link between artists that increase their creativity and production of artwork after the diagnosis of PD. Yet studies have also revealed patients who have never before produced art, suddenly begin to create visual art."

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Third prize - Peter Woods

Peter Woods won third place in the BGS Movement Disorders essay prize 2019. Peter's essay will appear here shortly.