Welcome message from Chairman and Secretary

It is a great pleasure, on behalf of the Glasgow Research Interest Group (GRIG), to share with you the launch of our website.

As many of you will know, we had planned to have the official launch of the GRIG on 4 June 2020 with Dr Donald Grosset, who is Consultant Neurologist at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow and Honorary Professor Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Glasgow, as our main speaker.

For obvious reasons, we had to postpone that event, however in the meantime, we are launching this website as a means of communicating directly with the Parkinson’s community across the West of Scotland, to encourage engagement with Parkinson’s research. This website is a resource for you and for colleagues in health and other essential services. However, for it to work effectively, it needs your involvement and contribution.

One of our requests is that Parkinson’s UK local groups nominate a representative Research Champion to liaise directly with the GRIG. A number of groups already have strong representatives on the GRIG steering group, and this helps to improve our knowledge of your concerns and ensures that we are driven by the wider community’s interests and needs.

We would like to thank Dr Andrew Kerr and colleagues at the University of Strathclyde, and Dr Doreen McClurg and colleagues at Glasgow Caledonian University, for their ongoing support and hospitality. We would also like to thank Chloe Macmillan, Parkinson’s UK Area Development Manager, and Liz Nash, Parkinson’s UK Research Support Network Manager, for their ongoing support and encouragement.

Together we can enhance the knowledge of current research initiatives and influence future developments. Our professional colleagues need and welcome our involvement, and we hope that through GRIG, understanding of and engagement with Parkinson’s research will increase across the region.