Thanks and welcome to the forum. I have been a member of the RSN at least as long as I have been a member of Parkinson's UK. I am constantly discovering things that RSN members and others are doing to make Parkinson's research faster and more effective. Much of this goes on without fanfare which means we miss out on spreading the learning to other branches, regions or projects. I hope we can use the forum to share experiences
I think that supporting research is possibly the most important thing that people affected by Parkinson's can do. We all want the cure to come quickly. The person who discovers the cure(s) will be a researcher so it makes sense that we do all we can to speed them on their way. There are many opportunities to help make the research task easier and quicker ranging from participating in studies and trials, speaking to groups, writing newsletters to spread knowledge and understanding about research, advising researchers, reviewing grant applications and more.
It's time to start shouting a bit more about the things we are doing or the things we wish we were doing.