The Parkinson’s East Midlands Research Interest Group (PEMRIG) holds a number of events every year focused on Parkinson’s research.

The 11th Annual Research Forum – Saturday 8th October

Link Hotel, Loughborough, LE11 4EX

This free event will feature talks about some of the latest Parkinson’s research, news and trials and there will be a marketplace with information stalls and taster sessions all with the theme of ‘Living Well with Parkinson’s’. The event is aimed at working age People with Parkinson’s and those newly diagnosed but all people with Parkinson’s, carers and anyone interested in Parkinson’s are welcome to attend.
Make a note of the date in your diary and look out for more information in the next PEMRIG Newsletters. Lunch and coffee/tea will be provided. Donations welcome.

Online visit to a Parkinson’s research laboratory

Professor Lisa Chakrabarti of the University of Nottingham.
9th August 2022- 14:00

PEMRIG are organising an online visit to the mitochondria research laboratory of Professor Lisa Chakrabarti of the University of Nottingham. This will be at 14.00h on August 9th and will last about 60-90 minutes with questions. We are organising this visit so that anyone in the East Midlands or further afield can join the online visit and so find out what Professor
Chakrabarti’s research is about. The mitochondria in some nerve cells of people with Parkinson’s don’t produce enough energy to power all the reactions going on in these dynamic cells and this lack of energy partly contributes to the death of nerve cells observed in Parkinson’s. So Professor Chakrabarti’s work should be of great interest. Click here to register for this lab visit.

Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in Parkinson’s
Spring 2022 Online Research Event

In May 2022, we held our successful Spring 2022 Online Research Event. The main focus of this meeting was on Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in Parkinson’s and included useful talks on psychological therapies, the benefits of music and practical ideas for improving wellbeing. The meeting was recorded and you can watch this back in the YouTube video below.

Our speakers included:
00:04:41 Professor Jane Simpson, Lancaster University, ‘Psychological Therapies for people affected by Parkinson’s’ 00:39:35 Dr Becky Dowson, University of Nottingham, ‘Music and singing for people living with dementia, Parkinson’s and their carers’
01:12:30 Vanessa King, Action for Happiness, ‘Practical Science-based Ideas to Sustain and Boost Wellbeing for People with Parkinson’s and their families’

Research Interest Group Forums November 2021

There have been three very interesting RIG Forums in November. Click the links to view each talk here:

November 23rd 15.00-16.30h ‘Can genetic factors predict cognitive decline in Parkinson’s?‘ A talk dealing with genetic and epigenetic markers for cognitive decline in Parkinson’s.

November 27th 10.00-15.00h ‘Drug and non-drug therapies’. Join the group as they host six keynote speakers covering all aspects of drug and non-drug therapies for Parkinson’s. 

November 29th 11.00 – 12.30 ‘ From the lab to the living room’. Simon Stott discusses general Parkinson’s research updates and what to look out for in 2022, with a particular focus and emphasis on drug repurposing trials. To access the recording use passcode: y+OT5MN2.

10th Annual Research Online Forum October 2021

The 10th annual conference was hugely successful with over 88 attendees logging in to hear our speakers.

Programme Autumn 2021

Presentations were delivered by Dr Heather Mortiboys, Dr Simon Stott, Prof. David Dexter, and Dr Perdita Barran.

Prof. David Dexter
Using technology to accelerate Parkinson’s research

Dr Heather Mortiboys
Could the cells energy be the key to Parkinson’s for all people with Parkinson’s?

Dr Perdita Barran
Getting under the surface of Parkinson’s Disease: Metabolomics and Diagnostics from swabbing skin

Dr Simon Stott
Bile, Bluerock, Bayer & Bial

PEMRIG volunteer Martin has written a summary report of our 10th Annual Conference, which is available to download here.

If you have any questions about any of our events, please contact John Turner, by email


All events continue to be subsidised by local branches and Parkinson’s UK The Parkinson’s UK East Midlands Research Interest Group is very grateful for funding for this Forum from local branches of Parkinson’s UK, as well as money given in memoriam from some special people from the Derby Branch who had an interest in research.

The Derby Symposium

A recording to this symposium is available here and use passcode: +P7EYL#e. Join Parkinson’s specialist staff from University Hospitals Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust for an inspiring two hour forum from 15th November 2021. Guest speakers included Jonny Acheson, a consultant in emergency medicine and artist, who shared his personal experience of living with Parkinson’s.

The Spring 2021 Online Research Event

We are pleased to share with you the online recording of the Spring Event on YouTube. Here is the link to the recording of the event which was held online on 17th April 2021:

A copy of the presentations are available by clicking the download buttons below:

Dr Bhanu Ramaswamy OBE
A focus on exercise for people with Parkinson’s

Dr Rob Skelly
Investigating the benefits of physiotherapy at different stages of Parkinson’s

Dr Jennifer Foley
Mental Health in Parkinson’s

9th Annual East Midlands
Parkinson’s Research Forum

I am delighted to let you know that PEMRIG has added a recording of the 9th Annual East Midlands Research Forum to YouTube. Here is the link to the recording of the event which was held online on 10th October 2020:

The event featured talks from the experts in Parkinson’s research. The speakers included:

00:02:50 – Prof David Dexter, Parkinson’s UK: ‘2020-2024 Research strategy uncovered’

00:27:54 – Dr Heather Mortiboys, Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN): ‘Could energy be the key to Parkinson’s?’

01:03:40 – Dr Simon Stott, Cure Parkinson’s Trust: ‘Monsters, mucus, and more – Parkinson’s research in 2020/2021’

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