Online Research Conference 2020

Join us online for Parkinson's UK's Research Conference 2020: "Accelerating research and improving care". 

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COVID-19 Meeting Update

We will be hosting the 2020 Parkinson’s UK Research Conference as an entirely online, CPD accredited, meeting.

Keynote lectures will be delivered live from around the world, symposia will be available on-demand and downloadable for 30 days after the event, and, crucially, poster presentations and networking will take place throughout. 

The sharing of data and the development of new treatments will not wait, and neither will we. We hope you will join us. 

Read more about this decision and find answers to your FAQs

About

Our Research Conference is held every 2 years and brings together professionals from research and healthcare to share ideas, develop collaborations and accelerate progress towards new treatments for Parkinson's.

This year's conference will be held entirely online on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September.

The Parkinson's UK Online Research Conference is kindly supported by our sponsors:

 

Registration

Registration will close at midnight on 22 September.

Please note: this is an academic conference aimed at research and healthcare professionals working with people affected by Parkinson's.

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to announce this year's keynote speakers:

  • Professor Glenda Halliday, Senior Principal Research Fellow, The University of Sydney Central Clinical School, who will be speaking on "The involvement of glia and astrocytes in Parkinson’s"

  • Professor Xiang-Dong Fu, Distinguished Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego, who will be speaking on "In situ conversion of astrocytes to dopaminergic neurons to reverse Parkinson’s"

  • Professor David Devos, Professor in Medical Pharmacology, Lille University, who will be speaking on "Bench to bedside - translational approaches to developing therapeutics: Deferiprone"
  • Professor Ilaria Bellantuono, Professor of Musculoskeletal Ageing and Co-Director of the Healthy Lifespan Institute at the University of Sheffield, who will be speaking on "Geroprotectors: time to change the way we treat older people?"

 

Programme

For the first time, this year's programme will feature dual 'streams' of content, with parallel sessions focusing on either a basic research or Parkinson's healthcare topic. Including:

Basic research:

  • Genetics of Parkinson's
  • Imaging and biomarkers
  • Mechanisms of neurodegeneration and emerging therapeutic strategies
  • Parkinsonisms  
  • Pre clinical modelling
  • Synaptic dysfunction (biomarkers and drug potential)

Healthcare:

  • Clinical strategies for late-stage management

  • Healthy living

  • Wearable technology and brain/vestibular stimulation
  • New and emerging drug therapies
  • Stratification and early detection
  • Use of devices, apps and machine learning 
     

See download below for the latest confirmed line-up in our 'conference at a glance' programme:

Ticket prices

Tier 1: For PhD students, post-docs (within 5 years of PhD), lab technicians, Parkinson’s disease nurse specialists and allied healthcare professionals.

  • Full price: £55

Tier 2: For senior postdocs and up, doctorate researchers who aren’t in training, researchers, neurologists, junior doctors, geriatricians, consultants and clinicians.

  • Full price: £89

Tier 3: For employees of commercial organisations.

  • Full price: £155

Note: UK-based health and social care professionals could be eligible to apply for a bursary towards attending. Navigate to the Rosemary Maguire Educational Fund for application details.

 

What's included?

  • Full scientific programme – including live keynote presentations, on-demand symposia with live Q&As, and guided debate sessions. 
  • 30 days on-demand access – all content will be available on-demand for 30 days days after the event.
  • Networking – set up 1-2-1 video meetings with colleagues or strike up conversation in the session-specific chat rooms.  
  • CPD points – our online conference is accredited through the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians for 16 category 1 (external) CPD credits, and the Royal College of Nursing for 14 CPD hours.  
  • A platform – all ticket-holders are able to submit an abstract for poster presentation or to be considered as part of the main programme. 
  • Full exhibition of e-posters and selected partners – browse posters and discuss the latest data with colleagues from around the world, or contact sponsors directly.
  • Debate – ask questions in real-time or move to the session-specific chat rooms to continue the conversation.

 

Exhibitor abstracts 

Abstract submissions are now closed.

See download below for an index of exhibitors and their abstracts:

FAQ

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The COVID-19 crisis has forced us to rethink plans for this year’s conference. With the safety and well-being of our guests in mind, we have decided that a traditional, in-person event is not the right choice at this time. 

However, the goals of our conference - to provide a platform for the sharing of data, forging of new collaborations and acceleration of progress towards new treatments - are more important now than ever.

Which is why, instead of cancelling the event, we will be hosting the 2020 Parkinson’s UK Research Conference as an entirely online meeting. Keynote lectures will be delivered live from around the world, symposia will be available on-demand and downloadable for 30 days after the event, and, crucially, poster presentations and networking will take place throughout. 

We have substantially reduced registration fees, extended abstract submission deadlines and confirmed that full CPD accreditation is available for the online event, so as many researchers can be part of the conference as possible.  

The sharing of data and development of new treatments will not wait, and neither will we. We hope you will join us. 

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Full joining instructions will be sent to ticket-holders See the registration section below for ticket-prices and how to register.    

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Yes, apart from some slight amendments for comfort, the programme will be exactly as planned. View the updated programme here.

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  • Full scientific programme – including live keynote presentations, on-demand symposia with live Q&As, and guided debate sessions. 
  • 30 days on-demand access – all content will be available on-demand for 30 days days after the event.
  • Networking – set up 1-2-1 video meetings with colleagues or strike up conversation in the session-specific chat rooms.  
  • CPD points – our online conference is accredited through the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians for 16 category 1 (external) CPD credits, and the Royal College of Nursing for 14 CPD hours.  
  • A platform – all ticket-holders are able to submit an abstract for poster presentation or to be considered as part of the main programme. 
  • Full exhibition of e-posters and selected partners – browse posters and discuss the latest data with colleagues from around the world, or contact sponsors directly.
  • Debate – ask questions in real-time or move to the session-specific chat rooms to continue the conversation.
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Yes! Our speakers will take questions in real-time during their presentations and you can continue the conversation in the session-specific chat rooms in your own time.

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All you need is a computer/laptop, internet connection and a conference registration.

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Yes! We have extended the abstract submission period by one month (see section below for further details) and will issue extensive guidance on making the most of your online presentation. There are also multiple dedicated sessions for presentations within the programme.

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No, but an abstract index will be published on our website and sent to ticket-holders closer to the date.

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Yes! All content will be available to view for 30 days after the event. (We’ll also be releasing some bonus video content for self-study in the days after the event).

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Yes, the online meeting is accredited for:

  • 16 external CPD points via the Royal Colleges of Physicians (this applies to the 'live' days and the 30 days on-demand access)
  • 14 CPD hours via the Royal College of Nursing (this applies only to the live days)*

 

* RCN accreditation applies only to the educational content of the programme and does not apply to any product.

Latest information

All announcements on the conference will be made via our e-newsletter Synapse.

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Sponsorship

For conference sponsorship opportunities, please contact: