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NENA Newsletter 2012

Peter Goulding
NENA Secretary
Consultant Neurologist
Leeds General Infirmary
F Floor
Martin Wing
Great George Street
Leeds LS1 3EX

July 2012

Annual Joint Neurosciences Meeting
23rd and 24th November
Majestic Hotel Harrogate

President  - Mr Sid Marks
President Elect - Professor Pamela Shaw

Website -

Invited speaker - Mr Graham Flint, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Birmingham University.

‘The Diagnosis and Management of Chiari Malformations’

Dear NENA member

As usual NENA welcomes all consultants and SpRs in neurology, neurosurgery, neurophysiology, neuropathology and neuroradiology to the annual meeting. I am delighted to report that NENA will continue to provide three prizes for presentations at the scientific meeting. Council will award two prizes for research presentations given by junior members; The LIVERSEDGE PRIZE (£500) for the best scientific paper and The CRAWFORD PRIZE (£250) for the best clinical presentation. The NENA MAGNUM will be presented by the President Elect for the best clinical case or series of cases presented by a consultant member.

Congratulations to last year’s winners:

Liversedge Prize - Dr Tom Webb - Leeds
Crawford Prize -  Dr TK Khoo - Newcastle
NENA Magnum - Drs P. Sarrigiannis and M. Hadjivassiliou - Sheffield    

Liverpool is organising the scientific meeting and Dr Udo Wieshmann, Consultant Neurophysiologist at The Walton Centre, Liverpool will be assessing submissions which should be sent by email to by 15th October. As usual junior members will present at the research symposium, preferably supported in person by any consultant involved (15 minutes to include questions) and consultant members will give the clinical cases (10 minutes to include questions). Junior members should send a brief abstract of their scientific or clinical research and consultant members the title of the clinical case or series of clinical cases. Successful presenters will be informed by the last week in October. Powerpoint slides (suggested maximum of 15) should preferably be sent by email to Dr Wieshmann by 10th November. All the presentations can then be preloaded on to a single laptop in order to avoid problems on the day of the meeting. A MAC laptop/projector will be available at the Majestic - presentations should be loaded via memory stick well before the time of presentation.

Dates of meeting

This year’s meeting will be on Friday 23rd November and Saturday 24th November.    


Majestic Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate. All members and their partners are invited


Friday 23rd November

Afternoon and early evening check in. 16 double/twin and 20 single rooms have been reserved until 26th October and need to be booked (quoting NENA) directly with the Majestic Hotel or phone 01423 700300 as soon as possible before then as rooms quickly run out. Rates for B&B to include use of all leisure facilities - £108 for double/twin  rooms (double occupancy) or £102 (single occupancy) and £97 for a single room. Rooms are free for junior members and their partners who should pay their bill and claim a refund (receipted invoice) from our treasurer. NENA cannot pay for more expensive rooms booked elsewhere.

6pm – 7pm – meet in bar
7pm – Guest lecture -
8pm – Drinks reception
8.30pm – Dinner and fine wines.
10.30pm - Hotel bar, night-life of Harrogate, sleep etc.

Saturday 24th November

9am – Coffee
9.30am – Research symposium
10.30am – Coffee and exhibition
11.30am – Research symposium
12.30pm – Annual general meeting
1pm – Lunch
2pm – Presentation of the Presidential medal. Award of Liversedge prize and Crawford clinical prize.
2.10 – 3.30pm – Clinical cases
3.30pm – Award of NENA magnum and close of meeting

As discussed at last year’s annual general meeting, pharmaceutical company sponsorship for NENA is now more difficult to attract because the industry is increasingly regulated. The NENA annual subscription remains at £50; to my mind still very good value to keep up with what is going on in local neuroscience research and for a chance to meet colleagues of all neuroscientific disciplines from across the north of England in a beautiful Victorian Hotel. Standing order mandates for you to send to your bank and a gift aid form to send to myself, Peter Goulding, Consultant Neurologist, F Floor, Martin Wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3EX are enclosed. Please complete as soon as possible. Forms and a cornucopia of interesting information are also available via the new NENA website.

I look forward to seeing you in Harrogate.

Best wishes

Peter Goulding