The East of England Research Interest Group (@RIGEAST), centered in Cambridge, is led by a steering group of volunteers who work with local Parkinson’s UK groups and staff from across the region*.  Together, these volunteers co-ordinate, initiate and share opportunities for people to participate in activities linked to research on Parkinson’s disease.  These include:

  • Arranging presentations and discussions of the latest research.
  • Learning about the results of the latest  clinical trials.
  • Visits to laboratories undertaking Parkinson’s research.
  • Participation in research surveys and projects.
  • Keeping up-to-date with global research progress and new treatments.
  • Working with researchers to shape their research.
  • Helping review and make decisions about the research projects funded by Parkinson’s UK.
  • Raising funds towards finding a cure and better treatments for Parkinson’s.


Our speaker, Dr Katherine Deane, will be sharing her own experience of therapies and research and whether they meet the needs of people with Parkinson’s – click here for slides

We are eager to recruit local members to become Research Champions who will play a key role in helping to disseminate research information and support the RIG generally.  To find out  more and how to get involved, go to the Join page.

* The East of England Research Interest Group’s catchment area includes: Bedfordshire,  Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk. See EoE Branches.

Parkinsons UK

Since the start of our strategic period in 2015, we’ve invested £16million in research. In addition to our research grants, we’ve set up initiative that aim to speed up the delivery of new and better treatments.
These are some of our most exciting current projects and initiatives: