In this short video blog, Dr Simon Stott talks about his recent visit to the international Festival of Neuroscience in Dublin - a partnership between the British Neuroscience Association with Neuroscience Ireland (NI) and the British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN). Simon discusses the value of advocacy and collaboration, the importance of taking part in research from both the clinician and the patient’s perspective and the value of trial data, both in terms of trial evaluation and the dissemination of results.