Dr Maria-Rosario Luquin is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Navarra, Navarra, Spain, Consultan of neurology at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra, University of Navarra and the Scientific Director of Navarra Research Institute, University of Navarra. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Navarra, and trained in Neurology at the Clinica Universidad de Navarra. Subsequently, Dr Luquin received her PhD on the pathophysiology of motor fluctuations in Parkinson's disease (PD), under the supervision of Dr Jose Obeso. She developed the first portable system to provide continuous dopaminergic stimulation with a dopamine agonist in PD patients. After her PhD, she joined Professor Alan Crossman’s research group at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, to research animal models of PD, particularly in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine model of PD in non-human primates. After returning to the University of Navarra, Dr Luquin established the first Experimental Neurology Unit in Spain. Since then, her focus has been on basic mechanisms related to dopaminergic neuron degeneration in PD and more recently on biomarkers in the preclinical stages of PD. Dr Luquin has authored over 200 original articles, and preseted her work at various congresses and symposia.