On Tuesday night 2 July, in the Amsterdamse Bos, Erik Schuiteman of Rotary Club Aalsmeer-Uithoorn presented Inge Huitinga, director of the Netherlands Brain Bank, with a cheque for 60,000 euro. The money will be spent on the Brain Bank’s research into the discrepancies between the medical diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease during life and the image that the Parkinson brain shows after death.
The money was raised during the ninth edition of the Amsterdamse Bos Golf tournament, which was held on Tuesday. Together with the Amsterdamse Bos, the members of the Rotary Club had managed to transform the woods into an 18-hole golf course. On their round through the woods, over 100 golfers were faced with a number of challenges and had to negotiate some surprising obstacles. A golf clinic had been organized for the afternoon. The day was concluded with an auction and a raffle. It was clear that golfers, volunteers and main sponsor Largo Resorts were in high spirits all day.
For the past three years, the Brain Bank has been the charity of the ‘Amsterdamse Bos Golf’ Tournament. A total of 155,000 euros has been raised. “It appears that the diagnoses in life of neurological disorders regularly do not correspond with the diagnoses we find in the brain after death. Thanks to donations from the Rotary Club Aalsmeer-Uithoorn, the Brain Bank can investigate how often and why this happens, particularly in Parkinson’s disease and related dementias, and in this way to substantiate the importance of postmortem research, “says Inge Huitinga.