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  1. David J Burn1,
  2. Joanne Lawrence2
  1. 1Clinical Ageing Research Unit, Department of Neurology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  2. 2Association of British Neurologists, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor David J Burn, Clinical Ageing Research Unit, Department of Neurology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5PL, UK; d.j.burn{at}

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ABN Meeting 16–19 May 2016, Brighton

The ABN meeting in Brighton attracted a record number of delegates: almost 700, and might have been more but for a mid-meeting rail strike. The theme of the meeting was the Seven Ages of Man and it is rumoured that eBay will soon be featuring copies of the Meeting Programme with ‘All the World's a Stage’ quoted on the back cover. Guest lecturers and plenary speakers alike also embraced this theme, reinforced by the presence of the colleagues from the British Paediatric Neurology Association. Ingrid Scheffer was the Gordon Holmes lecturer and gave a tour de force of epilepsy genetics. Alastair Compston was a hugely popular and worthy recipient of the ABN Medal, while the Practical Neurology Lecture was delivered by David Pencheon on the subject of tackling the challenges we face from climate change.

Winners of the 2016 prizes were:

  • Case presentation: Girija Sadalage

  • ACNR: Keep your head down and shake

  • Audit and Training: Stefan Williams

  • Charles Symonds: A Comparison of Lumbar Puncture With And Without Bedside Ultrasound

  • Platform: Kinan Muhammed

  • Charles Symonds: Pupillary reward sensitivity is a marker of apathy in Parkinson's disease

  • Poster presentation: Thomas Williams

  • Charles Symonds: VSN16R—a novel treatment for spasticity in experimental multiple sclerosis.

ABN autumn lecturer

In 2015 the ABN held its inaugural Autumn Lecture. The lecture is given each year by a distinguished neurologist who has made a major contribution to neurology. Our 2015 speaker was Professor Clare Fowler, Emeritus Professor of Uro-neurology at the Institute of Neurology in Queen Square.

In 2016 we are delighted to welcome Professor Peter Sandercock, Edinburgh whose talk will review “Stroke treatment: past, present and future”.

ABN/BNA joint Symposium 29 September 2016, Cardiff

The ABN and the British Neurosciences Association are holding a joint symposium in Cardiff, on Thursday 29 September 2016, entitled ‘Meeting of Minds’, and specifically discussing epilepsy and memory.

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ABN autumn Meeting 20 October 2016, Institute of Education, London

Our 1 day programme will include a wealth of scientific updates from an authoritative range of speakers including keynote speaker Professor Sir Simon Wessely and ABN Autumn Lecturer Professor Peter Sandercock.

Neurology for medical students, 19 October 2016, IoE, London

The autumn meeting will be preceded by a training session aimed at medical students considering a career in neurology. The speakers will emphasise the rapidly changing face of neurology which, to a unique degree, combines traditional clinical skills in history taking and examination with advances in treatment arising from basic science. Sessions will cover practical advice on the structure of neurological training and how to enter the speciality. The programme will also offer a glimpse into what the future might hold for the specialty. As if that weren't enough to entice students to attend, the afternoon will conclude with food and drink and the chance to meet the speakers and other senior neurologists.

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