The Association of British Neurologists Annual Meeting

A welcome from the ABN President…

21 May – 24 May 2013 The SECC, Glasgow
Martin Rossor

We are looking forward to welcoming delegates to the 2013 ABN Scientific Meeting at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow.

For 2013 we have extended our usual teaching and science remit to include a session for GPs and medical trainees on the first day of the conference. Entitled ‘Need to Know’ Neurology,we hope to repeat the format at future annual conferences if the initial session proves successful. As in previous years, the first day will also feature our Medical Students’ Roadshow and the ABN Trainees’ study day.

The main Teaching and Science sessions will be focused on Headache, Functional Disorders, Stem cells in Neurology and Dementia. We have included a series of short updates on other neurological topics, invaluable for both clinical and academic neurologists, in the final session on Friday. The programme will also include the ever popular Neuro-ophthalmology, Video session (on Movement and Functional Disorders) and CPC.

May 2013 is the European Month of the Brain. In support of the awareness campaign our meeting has been formally badged as an EMoB event and there will be a public lecture aimed at schools on the Tuesday evening.

The following day we are delighted that Professor Mark Hallett, supported by the Guarantors of Brain, will deliver our 19th Gordon Holmes lecture ‘The Pathophysiology of psychogenic movement disorders with musings on the nature of volition’. Later that day we are fortunate that Professor Jacques Prenderis, Professor of Comparative Neurology at The University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, has also accepted our invitation to give a lecture provisionally entitled ‘Thereby hangs a tail – the neurology of Man’s Best Friend’.

We have had the usual tremendous response to our call for abstract and papers. The resultant presentations and poster sessions promise to be both informative and thought provoking. The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 23rd at 4pm and the conference dinner will be at the Kelvingrove museum.

Supercomputer – the brain and what happens when it crashes

This years ABN starts with a special free lecture, delivered by out going president Prof Martin Rossor on the bodys own super computer The Brain. Open your mind! May is the European Month of the Brain: the month in which to raise awareness of the importance of the brain and the diseases which can affect brain function. Neurologists specialise in understanding and treating the brain related disorders which will affect 1 in every 3 of us during our lifetime. This public lecture, which is arranged by the ABN, will explore what we have learned about the brain from studying brain disease, and how we can diagnose and treat, using molecules, micro surgery, and machines. This one hour lecture takes place at the Island Suite of the Crown Plaza Hotel (next to the SECC) on Tuesday May 21st at 6.30pm. It will be a student friendly exciting session and we would love local schools and colleges to get on board with us and bring their students along. Spaces are limited and so tickets need to be booked in advance. You can reserve multiple tickets at once under the one name, to make this process quicker.

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