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NENA Newsletter 2015

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

 July 2015


Annual Joint Neurosciences Meeting
27th and 28th November 2015
Majestic Hotel Harrogate


President - Dr John Bamford

Website -

Invited speaker - Professor Gabriel Rinkel

‘Unruptured cerebral aneurysms - clip, coil or pill’

Dear NENA member,

As usual NENA welcomes all consultants and trainees 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 Eva Liu, Manchester
Crawford Prize - Dr Laura Benjamin, Liverpool
NENA Magnum - Dr David McKee, Manchester

NENA Lecture - 7.30pm - Friday 27th November 2015

Professor Gabriel Rinkel - 'Unruptured cerebral aneurysms - clip, coil or pill'

Gabriel Rinkel is Professor of Neurology at the University of Utrecht. He is a world renowned expert and lecturer in the field of cerebrovascular disease and an author/co-author of over 300 papers on subarachnoid haemorrhage and intracranial aneurysms

Registrar Training Day - Friday 27th November 2015

As discussed at last year's AGM, the 2015 meeting will be preceded by a registrar training day. The subject is Paediatric Neurology with an emphasis on the disorders which commonly transition to the adult neurology service. The training day is open to registrars of any neurological speciality, from all centres in the North of England. The plan is for talks to begin around 10.30am and to finish around 4.30pm. There is no charge for the training day which will include a buffet lunch. NENA hopes that trainees will stay for the rest of the NENA meeting. It is my understanding that funding for travel and accommodation can be obtained via local study leave budgets.

Scientific Sessions - Saturday 28th November 2015

Middlesbrough is organising the scientific meeting and Dr Simon Taggart, Consultant Neurophysiologist will be assessing submissions which should be sent by email to by 15th October 2015. Trainees 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 Simon Taggart 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

Dates of meeting – This year's meeting will be on Friday 27th November and Saturday 28th November.


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


Friday 27th 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 - £115 for double/twin rooms (double occupancy) or £105 (single occupancy) and £100 for a single room. Rooms are free for junior members who are presenting at the scientific meeting 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.

Saturday 29th November

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, payable by consultant members only, remains at £50; in my opinion 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 Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, NENA Treasurer, Consultant Neurologist, Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull, HU3 2JZ,, are enclosed. Please complete as soon as possible. Forms and a cornucopia of interesting information are also available via the NENA website.

I would also ask NENA members to check that their standing order is for the current membership fee of £50. Our treasurer has identified that some members are paying smaller fees related to past subscription rates.

Please let the NENA Council member for your area know if you and your partner are coming to the Annual Meeting so that I can sort out catering numbers as efficiently as possible.

Registrars - please let the council member for your area know if you are coming to the registrar training day.

I look forward to seeing you in Harrogate,

Best wishes,

Peter Goulding