Preview: The Practical Cognition Course

Conference details: 10-11 November, 2013, Newcastle, UK.

The practical cognition course, now in its sixth year will take place at the Research Beehive, Newcastle University on Thursday and Friday 10-11th October 2013. This small but popular course is organised by Tim Griffiths, Professor of Cognitive Neurology at Newcastle University and Chris Butler, Clinical Lecturer in Medical Neurology at the University of Oxford.

The course is designed for consultants and trainees in neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology and rehabilitation medicine who want to develop their practical expertise in cognitive assessment and relate this to clinically relevant neuroscience. Day one starts with a practical introductory session to cognitive assessment followed by four sessions of case presentations discussing the assessment, diagnosis and management of common cognitive syndromes. The course begins and ends with the patient. Case presentations will feature video material illustrating disorders that clinicians may encounter in daily practice. Each session will also include a talk from an invited expert, who will provide a framework for understanding the clinically relevant neuroscience.

In order to make it as relevant and useful as possible the programme changes each year and this time will include frontal lobe disorders, traumatic brain injury, functional cognitive disorders and speech disorders. This year’s speakers include Chris Kipps (University Hospital Southampton), Stuart Anderson (Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals), Tom Kelly (Newcastle General Hospital), Andrew Larner (Walton Centre Liverpool), Jon Stone (University of Edinburgh) and Jason Warren (University College London Hospitals).

The course is sponsored by the Guarantors of Brain, and accredited for CME points with the Royal College of Physicians. An early bird rate of £200 is available until the 6th September, where after it will rise to £250. Included in this are lunch and refreshments on both days and the course meal on Thursday evening at Six restaurant which sits on the top floor of the Baltic centre for contemporary art. Delegates can take this opportunity to enjoy views of the beautiful river Tyne and Newcastle skyline – weather permitting and discuss topics in a relaxed atmosphere.

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For any enquiries please contact Ann Fitchett on +44 (0)191 222 8320 or by email:

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