Research Support Network Conference 2019

We are delighted to announce the return of the Research Support Network (RSN) Conference - this year at the Cranmore Park Conference & Events Centre outside Birmingham.

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We are excited to bring you a host of new ways to engage with Parkinson's research at this year's RSN Conference.

Our packed speaking agenda will feature talks from top Parkinson's researchers, updates on Parkinson's UK initiatives, and the personal experiences of trial participants and RSN volunteers. 

You'll be able to meet and ask questions of research professionals and Parkinson's nurse specialists in our exhibition marketplace - and even get a mini-massage!

And we're delighted to be able to share updates on the current crop of projects being supported through the Parkinson's Virtual Biotech - the drug discovery arm of Parkinson's UK - making this an event not to be missed.

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    10am Registrations, coffee and networking


      Session 1 - Symptoms, side-effects and the research addressing them
    11am Welcome, introduction and Parkinson's UK strategy update
    Dr Arthur Roach, Director of Research, Parkinson's UK
    11.15am The Research Support Network Development Team
    Paula Scurfield, Chair, Research Support Network Development Team
    11.20am Addressing symptoms and living well with Parkinson's
    Dr Camille Carroll, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, University of Plymouth
    11.50am "Addressing symptoms and improving quality of life" - The Parkinson's UK Virtual Biotech
    Claire Bale, Head of Research Communications and Engagement, Parkinson's UK
    12.10pm Refreshment break


      Session 2 - Slowing down and stopping Parkinson's
    12.30pm Welcome and introduction
    Paul Sinha, comedian and television personality 
    12.40pm Guided stretch session
    Nora Ma, 'Dance for Parkinson's' and 'Falls prevention' practitioner, Envolve Wellness
    12.45pm Slowing or stopping Parkinson’s: the hunt for a disease modifying therapy
    Dr Patrick Lewis, Associate Professor, University of Reading
    1.15pm "Mitochondrial rescue compounds" - The Parkinson's UK Virtual Biotech
    Dr Heather Mortiboys, Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN)
    1.35pm Lunch break


      Session 3 - Voice of the network
    2.30pm Welcome and introduction
    Paula Scurfield, Chair, Research Support Network Development Team
    2.35pm Guided stretch session
    Nora Ma, 'Dance for Parkinson's' and 'Falls prevention' practitioner, Envolve Wellness
    2.40pm Treatments of tomorrow
    Dr Kevin McFarthing, Research Support Network member and Founder at 'Innovation Fixer' 
    3.10pm Panel debate session
    • Dr Arthur Roach, Parkinson's UK
    • Dr Heather Mortiboys, Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN)
    • Dr Patrick Lewis, University of Reading
    • Dr Kevin McFarthing, Research Support Network and 'Innovation Fixer' 

    Experiences of taking part in research

    • Sharon Martin, GDNF trial participant
    • Jayne Calder, carer and research participant
    • Christine Proctor, Patient and Public Involvement volunteer
    3.45pm The Parkinson's UK research programme
    Dr Arthur Roach, Director of Research, Parkinson's UK
    4pm Coffee and networking
    4.30pm CLOSE
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    Our conference marketplace will give you the opportunity to meet and ask questions of researchers and clinicians from major Parkinson's research centres and specially selected partner organisations from up and down the country. Including:


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    We have negotiated conference rates for delegates at the following nearby hotels. If you would like to take advantage of these rates, please contact the hotels directly (however please note that cheaper rates may be available online):



    The conference venue is easily reached by road, rail or plane (a comprehensive directions document can be found on the venue website here): 

    • Road:
      • Download this guide to reaching the venue by road.

      • Use postcode B90 4LE for sat navs.

      • Free on-site parking is available for conference guests.

    • Rail:
      • Solihull train station is 2 miles from the conference venue (5-10 minute taxi).

        • Direct train services run from London Marylebone to Solihull station approximately every 30 minutes (1hr 35m).

      • Birmingham International station is 7 miles from the conference venue (15-20 minute taxi).

        • Direct train services run from London Euston to Birmingham International Station approximately every 10 minutes (1hr 10m - 2hr).

    • Plane: 
      • Birmingham International Airport is 7 miles from the conference venue (15-20 minute taxi).


    Local taxi providers

    The following local taxi provider can be booked for services from any of the above stations:

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    All tickets include free parking and WiFi, entrance to plenary sessions, access to the exhibition marketplace, free-flowing tea and coffee and lunch.

      • People affected by Parkinson's - £25

        • A subsidised ticket for people affected by Parkinson's, their family, friends and carers.

      • Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialists - £30

        • A subsidised ticket for Parkinson's nurses. 

      • Research/healthcare professionals - £46.45

      • Commercial organisations - £75

      • Watch online - Free 

      A small number of tickets will be available on the door. 


      Watch online

      We want everyone affected by Parkinson's to be able to participate in the conference, whether they're able to travel or not.

      Click the link below to join the free livestream via Slido, where you can ask questions and take part in discussions throughout the day. 

      Cranmore Park
      Cranmore Avenue
      B90 4LF

      Latest information

      All announcements on the conference will be made via the Research Support Network mailing list. 

      For any questions please contact: