Research Conference 2020

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

Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ
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COVID-19 Update

There are currently no plans to postpone or cancel the Parkinson's UK Research Conference but we are closely monitoring the situation and following recommendations for appropriate actions from national, European and international authorities.

The COVID-19 situation represents a global health concern that Parkinson's UK takes seriously. We would like to reassure registered delegates, exhibitors and partners of the Parkinson's UK Research Conference that we are mindful of our duties as the organiser of a large international meeting.

In the unfortunate event that our venue is unable to host the conference as planned, or that public safety recommendations force a cancellation, a full refund will be issued to registered delegates and partners.

Parkinson's UK's 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 at Imperial College London - less than 10-minutes from The Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park and the Science, Natural History and V&A Museums - on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 September.

The conference is accredited through the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians for 16 category 1 (external) CPD credits.


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 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?"



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)


  • 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 

Conference at a glance

Conference speakers continue to be announced. See downloads below for the latest confirmed line-up in our conference at a glance programmes:

Day 1 - Thursday 24 September (PDF, 103KB)
Day 2 - Friday 25 September (PDF, 115KB)


Registration will open on Sunday 26 January.

To register for this event, please email [email protected] with your name and institution/company to receive a link to our ticketing portal.

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.

  • Early Bird: £95 
  • Full price: £125

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

  • Early Bird: £210
  • Full price: £250

Tier 3: For employees of commercial organisations.

  • Early Bird: £325
  • Full price: £375

Note: Early Bird registration concludes at midnight on Sunday 24 May.

Note: 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?

  • Access to all conference sessions on both days.
  • Refreshments and lunch on both days.
  • Access to poster and sponsor exhibitions on both days.
  • Complimentary conference app with full programme information, poster and speaker abstract index and optional networking facilities. 
  • Complimentary drinks reception on Thursday 24 September.


What isn't included?

  • Breakfast (light refreshments will be available upon arrival on both days).

  • Evening meals. 

  • Accommodation. 


Abstract submission

Abstract submissions for poster and platform presentation can be made through our online system upon purchasing a ticket - a link to the submission system will be included with confirmation of your registration.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Sunday 24 May.

Please download our abstract submission guidelines for further details:

Abstract submission guidelines - Parkinson's UK Research Conference 2020 (PDF, 132KB)


Tube: The nearest Underground station is South Kensington, on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. Visit the TFL website to plan your journey.

Bus: South Kensington is easily accessible by bus. A number of routes pass within an easy walking distance of the campus. The nearest bus stops are:

  • C1 stop: Buses 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430
  • Royal Albert Hall stop: Buses 9, 10, 52, 452 and 70

Car: Car parking at South Kensington Campus is severely restricted and you are advised to travel by public transport.

Audience at the Parkinson's UK research conference

Latest information

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

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