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The Brain and Behaviour

Thursday 12th March 2015 at Stoke on Trent Moat House

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Research tells us that behavioural changes, resulting from brain damage, is one of the most significant factors in compromising community treatment.

Following on from our successful conferences over recent years, our forthcoming event will focus on how various brain disorders can bring about a distinct set of behavioural, cognitive and emotional changes. The conference will explore the challenges around clinical management, ethical and medico-legal dilemmas. How those issues can and perhaps should shape our service developments will also be explored. Our talks and workshops will pay special attention to the importance of ensuring that patients and families are always empowered to take the driving seat when individual care plans and service delivery are considered.

I hope you will find our conference both educational and enjoyable.

I look forward to welcoming you in March 2015.

Conference organiser
George El-Nimr

Poster Submissions

Poster submissions for presentation at the Brain and Behaviour Conference are invited from delegates who wish to showcase research that they have recently undertaken.

There will be a dedicated session for poster review at the conference.

Instructions for abstract preparation:
- Title: Provide a title of 20 words or less
- Authors and Institute of affiliation
- Content: The abstract length is no more than 200 words
- The abstract should be structured, providing essential information under each heading; Introduction, Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions
- Abstracts should be submitted in English
- Graphs and tables are not required for the submissions but can be included in the poster

Abstracts should provide summary of a research / audit project, non promotional service evaluation / description (for promotional presentations please refer to the exhibition section), case studies or other Brain related initiatives and activities.

Please also include a contact telephone number and email address to contact you going forward.

Please email your submission to: if@cjnsc.knok-oe.ou using the subject Brain and Behaviour Conference Submission

Deadline for submissions: Friday 30th January 2015

Corresponding authors will be informed of the outcome of the review process and feedback will only be provided for unsuccessful abstracts.
In the way of supporting training, a prize for best poster presentation will be awarded at the end of the conference day, to the best poster presented by a student or trainee.

NB: Please note a reduced delegate fee will apply to poster presenters.
For further information or any queries please contact the Conference hotline on: 01332 224504

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Thursday 12th March 2015

09:00Registration, Exhibition & Networking
09:30Introduction - Dr George El-Nimr, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
09:35Trust Welcome, North Staffs Combined Healthcare Trust – Caroline Donovan, Chief Executive
09:45Patient/Carer Perspective - Dr John Murphy, former patient and Sam Dawson, Carer
10:20Brain and behaviour, an overview - Dr George El-Nimr, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
10:55When doctors damaged brains: days of future past? - Dr Ken Barrett, Retired Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
11:25Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking
11:45Neurodegenerative brain conditions – a focus on Huntington’s disease a research perspective - Prof Sarah Tabrizi, Professor of Clinical Neurology (Consultant)
12:30Towards comprehensive services for brain injury - Dr Alexandra Ball, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine
13:00Lunch Break
14:00Workshop 1A Diagnosing and Treating Organic Sleep Disorders – Dr Hugh Selsick, Consultant Psychiatrist
14:00Workshop 1B Non-motor manifestations of Parkinson's Disease - Dr Sridhar Sridharan, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
14:40Workshop 2A Brain Disease in the court room - Doug Feery, Barrister
14:40Workshop 2B - Epilepsy and Behaviour - Dr Manny Bagary
15:20Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking
15:40Brain damage and challenging behaviour, management issues - Dr Mike Dilley, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
16:15Tourette's syndrome and other tic disorders - Prof Andrea E. Cavanna, Consultant in Behavioural Neurology
16:50Closing Remarks

Speakers and Facilitators


Dr George El-Nimr, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

A consultant Neuropsychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Neuropsychiatry and Old Age Psychiatry in North Staffordshire.

Dr El-Nimr runs a service for patients with Psychiatric manifestations of brain disease or damage in various clinical settings. Dr El-Nimr is also an undergraduate Clinical Tutor for Keele University and the Neuropsychiatry module organiser for the local postgraduate Psychiatry course. Dr El-Nimr has developed a number of scientific and educational papers and DVDs and co-developed a CPD on line module for the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is an approved CASC examiner.

Dr El-Nimr is an elected Executive Committee member for the Faculty of Neuropsychiatry at the Royal College. He has also taken the lead to represent the Faculty at the Public Engagement Committee. More recently, he has taken up the role of the Academic Secretary for the Faculty. He is responsible for organising the Faculty’s Annual Residential Conference.

Dr El-Nimr has organised 4 successful national conferences that were supported by European speakers and delegates. Dr El-Nimr is also a member of the European HD Network supporting its research activities as a Principal Investigator. He is also an executive member of the board of trustees of the HD Association of England and Wales.

Dr El-Nimr’s main interests revolve around the management of Neuropsychiatric complications of ABI and HD along with service development issues.

Dr Ken Barrett, Retired Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

When doctors damaged brains: days of future past?

Dr Ken Barrett qualified in medicine at King’s College Hospital, London and trained in psychiatry in Bristol. He carried out doctoral research on brain electrical responses in schizophrenia at the Burden Neurological Institute and it was there that his interest and training in neuropsychiatry began. He continued his studies as a visiting fellow in behavioural neurology in Boston, USA and in 1986 he became a consultant/senior lecturer in the department of postgraduate medicine at Keele University, North Staffordshire. The North Staffs neuropsychiatry service grew from a weekly clinic to a comprehensive service over the next 5 years, with a particular focus on brain injury and Huntington’s disease. In the 1990s he led Health Advisory Services review of mental health services for adults with brain disorders, and he subsequently chaired Royal College interest groups for those disorders. In 2004 he took on a county wide responsibility for developmental neuropsychiatry and learning disability services.

He has held a number of management posts, including clinical and associate medical director and in 2006 was seconded to the NHS Institute for Service Innovation and Improvement, to work on psychiatric intensive care. He retired from clinical practice in 2008 and has since completed an MA in fine art and worked on a number of arts projects.

Prof Sarah Tabrizi, Professor of Clinical Neurology

Neurodegenerative brain conditions – a focus on Huntington’s disease, a research perspective.

Sarah graduated in biochemistry and medicine in Edinburgh. She has worked on research into neurodegenerative diseases since her PhD as an MRC clinical training fellow at University College London UCL and was awarded one of the first HEFCE/NIHR New Blood Clinical Senior Lecturerships, and in the last 5 years has generated over £7 million grant funding for her research. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed research articles and her main areas of interest are in understanding neurodegeneration particularly Huntington’s disease, at both the cellular and clinical levels. Sarah is currently Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology.

Dr Alexandra Ball, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr Ball studied Medicine at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1994 before undertaking broad general medical training in the Birmingham area. She completed a doctoral degree studying intracranial hypertension whilst working as a research fellow in Neurology at the same University. Her specialist training in Rehabilitation Medicine was undertaken across the West Midlands, prior to working as a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre and University Hospital Birmingham. She was appointed to her current post as Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at the North Staffordshire Rehabilitation Centre in April 2009. Currently Dr Ball is the Clinical Lead for Rehabilitation Medicine at the Haywood Hospital and Acute Trauma Rehabilitation at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire’s Major Trauma Unit. In addition, Dr Ball has held the post of West Midlands Director of Trauma Rehabilitation since March 2012.

Dr Hugh Selsick, Consultant Psychiatrist

Diagnosing and Treating Organic Sleep Disorders

Hugh Selsick attained a BSc in Physiology, BSc Honours in Experimental Physiology and MBBCh at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the Lead Psychiatrist of the Insomnia Clinic at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine/University College London Hospitals and also works in the Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy’s Hospital. His special interests are insomnia and the relationship between sleep and psychiatric disorders.

Dr Mike Dilley, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

Brain damage and challenging behaviour, management issues

Mike Dilley graduated from UCL and then King's College, completing his training at The Maudsley, Institute of Psychiatry and National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery. After five years as a community consultant and inpatient lead in the London Borough of Westminster, he is now the Lead Clinician for the Neuropsychiatry Service at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and at the Thames Brain Injury Unit at Blackheath. Mike’s interest is in the multidisciplinary neurobehavioural rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury, functional neurological symptoms and a wide range of other neuropsychiatric conditions. He is an executive member of the Section of Neuropsychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists; a member of the Clinical Neurosciences Clinical Advisory Group at the Department of Health and chair of the Joint Commissioning Panel Expert Reference Group in Neuropsychiatry.

Doug Feery, Barrister

Brain disease in the court room.

Doug Feery works independently after spending over three years working with law firms in Manchester & Leeds progressing contentious court of protection and related mental health, public law and human rights matters.

Doug is also a highly experienced lecturer and trainer in the fields of equalities, mental health, mental capacity, human rights and public law. He has provided training to lawyers at the Equality & Human Rights Commission, Section 12 approval & re-approval courses for the North West Strategic Health Authority in conjunction with the School of Law at the University of Manchester, he teaches the law module for those training to be Approved Mental Health Professionals at the University of Central Lancashire as well as countless courses regionally and nationally, to local authorities, NHS trusts, charitable and third sector organisations.

Prof Andrea E. Cavanna, Consultant in Behavioural Neurology

Andrea E. Cavanna, MD PhD FRCP, is Consultant in Behavioural Neurology at the Department of Neuropsychiatry, BSMHFT, Birmingham, Honorary Professor in Neuropsychiatry, Aston University, Birmingham, Honorary Reader in Neuropsychiatry at the University of Birmingham, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Neurology, University College London, United Kingdom, and Honorary Professor in Neuropsychiatry at University of Pavia, Italy. He currently is Lead Consultant for the specialist Tourette syndrome clinic at the Department of Neuropsychiatry, Birmingham. He has published extensively in the fields of behavioural neurology and neuropsychiatry, with special focus on the behavioural aspects of Tourette syndrome and epilepsy. His other research areas include the neural correlates of altered conscious states in neuropsychiatric/neurodegenerative conditions. In 2010 he received the American Neuropsychiatric Association Career Development Award.

Dr John Murphy

Dr John Murphy suffered what was then called a "severe head injury" just after he qualified as a doctor in 1984. After 2 courses of rehab lasting a total of a year he re-entered the medical profession and has enjoyed huge support and commitment in achieving a partnership in General Practice before returning to psychiatry to work as an honorary lecturer at St George's and a specialist psychiatrist for a CMHT in SW London. His ability as a communicator has enabled him to reflect on his unique experience and offer these reflections and advice on how to cope with the significant impairments he may have been left with.

Sam Dawson

Samantha Dawson, has worked as an Administrator for the National Health Service since 1986 and was a Carer for her husband, David from 2007 - 2011. David had an Acquired Brain Injury following diagnosis of Cerebral Lymphoma in January 2008. After receiving radiotherapy treatment, David commenced a two year rehabilitation journey before returning home to his family in April 2010. Sam will be sharing her experience with the conference delegates. She will particularly highlight how dealing with changing personality and problematic behaviours could bring about a set of intolerable daily challenges that would certainly call for a need for enhanced awareness as well as a specialist and integrated service provision.

Dr Sridar Sridharan, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

Dr Sridharan completed his Medical degree at Stanley Medical College,University of Madras ,India in 1994.He started his basic psychiatry training in Manchester in 1995 and went on to complete his higher Specialist Training in General Adult Psychiatry,Psychiatry of Learning Disability and Neuropsychiatry in 2004.

He has been a consultant Neuropsychiatrist at Northstaffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS trust since 2005 and Honorary Consultant Neuropsychitrist for Brain Injury Services at Haywood Hospital, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust .He is an Undergraduate Clinical Tutor at The Keele Medical School and Educational and Clinical Supervisor for Foundation Doctors under Health Education West Midlands (HEWM) .

Dr Sridharan has special interest in the Neuropsychiatry of Acquired Brain Injury and Neurobehavoiural Rehabilitation ,Movement Disorders and Parkinson’s Disease,Developmental Neuropsychiatric conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Tourette Syndrome ,Epilepsy and Functional Neurological Disorders,Young onset Dementias and Behavioural and Psychiatric Comorbidities of Stroke.

Dr Manny Bagary, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist

Dr Bagary graduated from Imperial College Medical School, London and completed his psychiatry training at Charing Cross Hospital, London (junior) and Maudsley Hospitals (senior). His epilepsy training was at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London and Chalfont Centre, National Society for Epilepsy.
He was a Wellcome Clinical research fellow MRC Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, London using PET to study memory. He then went on to complete a PhD in Neurological Sciences as a Wellcome Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Neurology, UCL Queen Square, London utilising novel structural neuroimaging (High resolution SPGR; DTI and MTR) to investigate early brain changes in first episode psychosis. He has a range of current research interests in epilepsy, sleep medicine and functional neurological symptoms.
His clinical work is now focused on epilepsy, sleep medicine and neuropsychiatry at the Regional Epilepsy and Sleep Service, BSMHFT, Birmingham. Dr Bagary leads a regional service including a video-telemetry/ sleep studies Lab, an epilepsy surgical programme, a VNS clinic, a dedicated service for Women with Epilepsy during pregnancy jointly with obstetricians, mental health comorbidity in epilepsy and non-respiratory sleep disorders including narcolepsy, parasomnias and insomnias.
Dr Bagary is a council member of the ILAE –UK and a medical advisor to the charity, Epilepsy Action.


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