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  1. David Nicholl1,
  2. Joanne Lawrence2
  1. 1 Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Association of British Neurologists, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Joanne Lawrence; Joanne.lawrence{at}

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The Association of British Neurologists (ABN) meeting in Liverpool attracted a record 756 delegates. A great venue, good weather and a programme packed with matters of interest all contributed to a successful meeting. Time was invested during the Annual General Meeting and the business session to facilitate discussion on the Shape of Training process (video of this session is available in Resources section of the ABN website; members must log in to the site to view).

Invited speakers:

Martin Rossor, ABN medallist 2017, spoke on ‘New words for old’, the global cognitive footprint reflecting the increased awareness of the multiple contributors to dementia.

Eric Hoffman, Gordon Holmes lecturer, ‘Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy—from gene discovery to treatment’, described his journey from identifying the gene for Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy to developing innovative ways for delivering therapies for these rare genetic conditions.

Andrew Schwartz, Practical Neurology lecturer, ‘Recent progress toward high-performance neural prosthetics’, amazed us all with the artificial arm that can not only move but also feel.

New ABN President Mary Reilly’s ‘Life on the periphery’ is available on the ABN website (; members must log in to view).

Winners of the 2017 prizes were

  • Case presentation: M Ashraghi

    • Practical Neurology: Return of the great imitator

  • Audit and Training: A Murley

    • Does slow escalation of steroid dose reduce the risk of deterioration in patients with a myasthenic crisis?

  • Platform: H Ling

    • Chronic traumatic encephalopathy in retired footballers with dementia.

  • Poster: R Weil

    • Cats & Dogs: an online test of early visual deficits in Parkinson’s.

A further prize was awarded to Colin Mumford who correctly identified an impressive number of past meetings, venues and presidents from a series of posters marking the 85th anniversary of the ABN. The gala dinner in Liverpool cathedral saw five past, present and future ABN presidents, enthusiastically joined by fellow diners, dancing to the music of a Beatles tribute band.

The meeting ended on a high note with the clinicopathological conference superbly delivered by Richard Davenport (answer—Ellis et al. Relapsing polychondritis complicated by cognitive dysfunction: two distinct clinical phenotypes?. Int J Neurosci 2017;127(2):124).

ABN autumn meeting 12 October 2017, Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, London

Our 1 day programme will include a wealth of scientific updates from an authoritative range of speakers including ABN Autumn Lecturer Gordon Plant speaking on ‘The “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” of John Keats.

Neurology for medical students, 11 October 2017, Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury

The autumn meeting will be preceded by a training session aimed at medical students considering a career in neurology. The afternoon will conclude with food and drink and the chance to meet the speakers and other senior neurologists.

For more information on ABN meetings please see

World Congress of Neurology 2021

The ABN is delighted to have been shortlisted to host the World Congress of Neurology (WCN) in London in 2021. The decision will be made by World Federation of Neurology (WFN) delegates at the 2017 WCN in Kyoto. The ABN has prepared a video in support of its bid

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