Institute of Neuroscience

Annual Events

Recurring Events

NE Epilepsy Research Meeting

This meeting aims to unite all those working on Epilepsy in the region; both clinical and laboratory based.

The 2018 meeting took place on Friday 14 September in the historic Armstrong Building, Newcastle University. Please check back for details of future meetings.

We would like to thank all the speakers, delegates and sponsors for their support. You can download the 2018 NEERNM Programme (PDF) which featured an Osselton Lecture from Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn (University College Hospitals, London) 'The interface between the brain and the heart'. The poster prize was won by Nishant Sinha, PhD student at Newcastle University.

To be added to the NEERNM mailing list please contact: Tel 0191 208 8320.

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Practical Cognition

Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November 2020

This course is for consultants and trainees in neurology, psychiatry, neuropsychology and rehabilitation medicine who want to develop their practical expertise in cognitive assessment and relate this to clinically relevant neuroscience.

The course is organized by neurologists Tim Griffiths (Newcastle) and Chris Butler (Oxford). The course develops a practical approach to cognitive assessment in the clinic and addresses specific clinical topics each year with the help of an invited speaker. The course includes interactive case sessions that allow a large amount of discussion with Faculty and invited experts.

Topics and speakers for 2020: Speech disorders; invited expert Jason Warren (UCL). Frontal lobe disorders; invited expert Michael Hornberger (UEA). Functional disorders; invited expert Laura McWhirter (Edinburgh). Cancer and cognition; invited expert Jeremy Rees (UCLH).

Venue: St Anne's College, 56 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS

Dates: Thursday 5 November (9am-5pm) Friday 6 November (9am-4pm)

Dinner: registration includes a place at the course dinner on Thursday evening. 

Accommodation: accommodation is not included in your registration fee.

CPD: In previous years the course has been awarded 12 CPD points.

Contact: If you have any queries regarding the practical cognition course please contact phone 0191 208 8320.

Registration: please check back for details


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Practical cognition course logo

Three Rivers Parkinson's Meeting

Designed to unite all those working on Parkinson's Disease in the North East region. The 2020 meeting will take place on 7 February

This popular annual meeting - named for the local rivers: Tyne, Tees & Wear - is aimed at clinicians, healthcare professionals and researchers woking on Parkinson's disease in the North East. It is an excellent opportunity to share best practice, learn about new developments and network with colleagues. The meeting is currently organised by Professor Richard Walker (Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT), Dr Naomi Warren (NuTH NHS FT) and Professor Nicola Pavese (Newcastle University & NuTH NHS FT). 

Three Rivers 2020

Date: Friday 7 February

Venue: Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, TS21 2EH

Costs: Level 1: £20 Attendance at the talks on Friday 7 February.
           Level 2: £35 Attendance at the Friday talks and Thursday evening event (6 Feb) also at Hardwick Hall.
           Level 3: £60 Attendance at Friday talks, Thursday evening event and overnight accommodation at Hardwick Hall

CPD: The course has previously been awarded 4 CPD points from the Royal College of Physicians. We have applied for the 2019 course and will email certificates to delegates who attended the course if we receive approval. 

Registration: Please check back for details.

Enquiries: To be added to the mailing list please contact phone 0191 208 8320.

Journal Clubs

A number of special interest seminar series are run by Institute members. If you are interested in joining please contact the relevant person from the list below.

Auditory Neuroscience journal club: contact Daniyal Daud

Brain, Cognition and Language journal club: contact Chris Petkov

Centre for Behaviour & Evolution seminar series: contact Colline Poirier

DeMANDs - Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases journal club: contact Beth Edgar

Diversity and Equality in Academic Research journal club: contact Colline Poirier

Fun with R - an R statistical programming language club: contact Clare Andrews

Mental Time Travel journal club: contact Tom Smulders

Mitochondrial Research journal club: contact Angela Pyle

Parkinson's Disease seminar series: contact Amy Reeve 

Psychiatry Lab Lunch: contact Peter Gallagher 

Rehabilitation Science seminar series: contact Heather Hunter 

Sensori-Motor journal club: contact Annie Gott or Thomas Guiho

If you would like your journal club adding to this list or are having problems contacting a group please email