Highlights from our 2-day Parkinson's scientific conference

After a busy 2 days on Monday and Tuesday this week, we're reflecting on another brilliant Parkinson's UK research conference. The jam-packed programme - including 27 talks and 110 posters - was a fantastic opportunity for more than 200 Parkinson's researchers from around the UK to hear about the latest developments across a wide range of fields.

Our international keynote speakers, Dr Matthew Farrer from Canada and Professor Darren Moore from Switzerland set the tone for the conference with great talks about the latest breakthroughs and challenges in genetics research.

And we heard a host of fantastic short presentations from UK-based research teams, including Parkinson's UK-funded researchers unveiling important new clues about the role of the Parkinson's gene DJ-1 on day 1.

Throughout the conference we were joined by 3 passionate volunteers from our Research Support Network who each made vital contributions:

A selection of #parkinsons2012 tweets
The 2-day conference for scientists followed our day for our members and supporters, which was also a great success.

We encouraged researchers to share their thoughts on Twitter throughout the conference and they got a great conversation going using the hashtag #parkinsons2012

The conference ended on a high note, as our chief executive Steve Ford announced the 3 joint winners of the £2,000 poster prize, which was generously funded by our York Branch.

Bringing the best and brightest researchers together in one place to share ideas and develop collaborations is just one of the ways we're pushing our search for a Parkinson's cure to a new level.

We're already looking forward to the next conference in 2014!

If you were at the supporters' day or the scientific conference let us know your thoughts below.

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