2007 Conference: Challenges Facing Neuro-Rehab
Our 2007 one-day accredited conference entitled 'Challenges facing Neuro-Rehab' was held on Wednesday 18th April 2007 at Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Padworth, Reading, RG7 5HT. If you wish, please take a look at the hotel website and a location map.
The conference has been awarded 6 accreditation points by the Royal College of Physicians, and the accreditation number is 36871.
The conference provided a platform for leading national speakers in the field of neurology and rehabilitation to share their knowledge with everyone involved in improving the quality of life for people living with a neurological problem.
Click here to view the Challenges Facing Neuro-Rehab conference leaflet including a registration form (requires Acrobat Reader).
Profiles of Speakers
Keith Andrews, MD FRCP is Director of the Institute of Neuropalliative
Rehabilitation, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, London.
was a member of the Research and Evidence Group for the 'National Service
Framework on Long Term Conditions' (2005). In fact he reported on the NSF at our
2005 conference ' Action in Neuro-Rehab'.
Andrews recently published a major report with Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes
entitled: 'Rehabilitation in the 21st Century'. He is a member of several
international working parties on profound brain damage and was formerly Editor
in Chief of 'Clinical Rehabilitation'.
Geoffrey Raisman FRS is Director of the Spinal Repair Unit, Department of
Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, The Institute of Neurology, Queen Square,
Raisman is world-class British neuroscientist who leads a pioneering group which
is researching the repair of spinal injury using revolutionary cellular
is recognised for his ground-breaking research on olfactory ensheathing glial
cells that are recognised as one of the most promising means for spinal repair.
These cells have the advantage that they may be obtained from adult patients,
who can thus build up a bank of their own cells for autografting into areas of
damage in the spinal cord, and in this way avoid the problems of using embryonic
tissue, and the dangers of crossing an immune barrier. Further details can be
found at: www.ion.ucl.ac.uk/research/hbir/spinal_repair_unit.
Raisman recently featured in the Sunday Times magazine entitled 'Miracle
Worker' which provides a profile and reviews his career. It also provides a
clear description of his work in layman's language. This article can be viewed
Gifford FRSA is the Executive Director of the Parliamentary Action Council
for Transport Safety (PACTS), Westminster.
is an associate Parliamentary group and registered charity, advising and
informing MPs and Peers on road, rail and air safety issues. The PACTS
charitable objective is to protect human life through the promotion of transport
safety for the public benefit. It brings together safety professionals and
legislators to identify research-based solutions to transport safety problems
having regard to cost, effectiveness, achievability and acceptability.
Established in 1982, PACTS has gained a reputation in Westminster and Whitehall
for independent cross-modal transport safety analysis and commentary. For
further information visit: www.pacts.org.uk.
Christine Collin FRCP is a senior consultant at the Royal Berkshire Hospital
in Reading where she has developed an acute inpatient neuro-rehabilitation unit
and assisted in the development of stroke services for all ages. Professor
Collin holds a clinic at the West Berkshire Community Hospital and has a large
outpatient practice for all aspects neurologically disabling disorders. Her
published work covers assessment, stroke treatment and outcome, mild and severe
head injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, motor neurone disease and other
rehabilitation issues. Over the last 16 years she has been involved in all
aspects of the practical management of motor neurone disease.
Trevor Powell is a consultant clinical psychologist with Berkshire
Healthcare, Reading. Apart from being a practicing neuropsychologist, Dr Powell
has written a number of key texts on brain injury and rehabilitation, mental
health issues, anxiety and stress management.
Powell's publications include: 'The Mental Health Handbook' (2000:
Speechmark Publishing Ltd) and 'Anxiety and Stress Management' (1990:
Routledge). He has also published a number of popular psychology books for the
Free Living' (2000: Dorling Kindersley Publishing) and 'Free Yourself
from Harmful Stress' (1997: DK Publishing).
Jack Collin FRCS has been a consultant vascular surgeon at the John
Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford since 1980 and is a Professional Fellow at Trinity
Collin trained in the North-East of England and at the Mayo Clinic in the USA.
His vascular surgical interests include: the prevention and treatment of stroke
and the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Alastair Buchan FRCS is a Neurologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in
Oxford where he heads the Acute Stroke Programme and is also Professor of
Clinical Geratology at the University of Oxford. He is also a Strand Leader for
the newly-announced UK Stroke Research Network.
working in Canada Professor Buchan developed the Calgary Stroke Programme which
initiated a region-wide stroke prevention/stroke treatment programme.
During his eight years in Calgary, over 525 people have been treated. For
more information visit: www.jr2.ox.ac.uk/ndm/geratology2.
Rob George MA MD FRCP is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Meadow House
Hospice, Ealing NHS Primary Care Trust, and is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical
Ethics, University College London.
from being a practicing clinician, he publishes and lectures widely on
biomedical ethics. He has provided expert advice to the Government on a variety
of issues relating to end of life care. Dr George gave a good deal of support to
the Upper House in its passage of the recent Mental Incapacity Act and is an
advisor to those opposing the Joffe Bill in the House of Lords. He is a member
of the National Council for Palliative Care and the Association for Palliative
Annetts became Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying in 2001 when it was known
as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.
Annetts read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University before
working in the NHS. Following the NHS she became a solicitor and was a partner
at the leading human rights practice Stephens Innocent. Her clients have ranged
from charities, trade unions and arts organisations to individuals.
She has taken many groundbreaking cases, particularly those relating to
sex and disability discrimination.
Annetts is now Dignity in Dying's main spokesperson. She regularly comments on
Assisted Dying and Living Wills in the media and has appeared on the 'Today'
programme on BBC Radio 4 and 'Newsnight' on BBC2. She speaks both
nationally and internationally on end of life decision making from the
perspective of the patient and is a leading expert in this area. For more
information visit: www.dignityindying.org.uk/aboutus,
and for a profile of Deborah Annetts visit the Guardian website: http://society.guardian.co.uk/health/story/0,,1693767,00.html.