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 will take place on Friday 14 September in the historic Armstrong Building, Newcastle University. 

The full programme will follow in due course but we are pleased to annouce this year's Osselton lecture will be presented by Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn (UCLH). The Osselton lecture is part of each NEERNM meeting and honours the contributions of neurologist John Osselton (1928-2009).  

Venue: The meeting will take place in the Armstrong Building on Newcastle University campus. Building number 22 on campus maps. It is located on Queen Victoria Road opposite the Royal Victoria Infirmary. Where possible we would advise attendees to use public transport. The venue is located approx 5 minutes from Haymarket bus and metro station. The closest parking is at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, see website for charges. 
There is a lift available in the building and the lecture theatre is equipped with a hearing loop. 

CPD: In previous years the meeting has been allocated CPD points by the Royal College of Physicians. The organisers will be applying again this year. 

Posters: Attendees, especially early career researchers, are encouraged to submit posters for display at the meeting. Please email details: title, abstract, main author to 

Registration: Please check back for details.

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

Logo for the North East Epilepsy Research Network Meeting (NEERNM)
North east epilepsy research network meeting logo

Practical Cognition

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 2018 course will take place on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October at Newcastle University

This year’s course will cover: MEMORY DISORDERS, DISORDERS OF MOTOR FUNCTION AND COGNITION, VASCULAR DISEASE AND COGNITION and VISUOSPATIAL DISORDERS. Guest speakers include Sinead Mullally (Newcastle), Liz Coulthard (Bristol), Hugh Markus (Cambridge) and Sebastian Crutch (UCL). The course is organized by neurologists Tim Griffiths (Newcastle) and Chris Butler (Oxford).

Venue: This year's course will be held at the Institute of Neuroscience located within Newcastle University Medical School, Framlington Place, NE2 4HH. Building 61 on campus maps. The building is wheelchair accessible.
We would recommend delegates use public transport where possible. Haymarket metro and bus station is approximately a 15 minute walk. 
The closest car park is located on Claremont Road (NE2 4AN) see website for details. 
Newcastle train station (NE1 5DB) is located in the city centre, it is appproximately a 25 minute walk from the course venue. Alternatively there is a taxi rank at the station, journey time 10 minutes without traffic). 
Newcastle is served by Newcastle International airport, located 7 miles north of the city. The metro (local train service) has a stop inside the airport and will bring you directly to Haymarket station (closest to the venue) in approximately 25 minutes, current adult ticket price £3.10, see website for details. Alternatively you could take a taxi, journey time approximately 30 minutes without traffic.

CPD: In previous years the course has been accredited CME points with the Royal College of Physicians. The organisers will be applying again this year.

Dinner: registration includes the course dinner which will take place on Thursday 4 October, 7pm at Six restaurant. Located on top of the Baltic gallery the restaurant gives beautiful panoramic views of the city rooftops and quayside. It is a great chance to network with fellow delegates and speakers.

Accommodation: accommodation is not included with registration. Newcastle is a bustling city with a range of hotels to suit all budgets - city centre, Quayside or Jesmond areas are all conveniently located for travel to the venue.  

Early bird registration before 31 July is £300. Standard registration £350. Payment should be made using a credit or debit card on the Newcastle university webstore, link below. For alternative methods please contact.

More info: contact phone 0191 208 8320.

Practical cognition course logo
Practical cognition course logo

Three Rivers Parkinson's Disease Meeting

Designed to unite all those working on Parkinson's Disease in the North East region. The 2019 meeting will take place on Friday 8 February at Hardwick Hall hotel

Currently organised by Professor Richard Walker (Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT), Dr Naomi Warren and Professor Nicola Pavese (both Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS FT). This popular meeting has been running for a number of years, taking place at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, TS21 2EH. Just North of the A177/A689 Roundabout at Sedgefield, a few minutes from the A1(M) Junction 60 or the A19. Follow the A177 North for 200 meters from the roundabout towards Durham and the driveway is on your left. There is ample free parking at the hotel.

The next meeting will take place on Friday 8 February 2019. Please check back for details. The course has previously been awarded 4 CPD points from the Royal College of Physicians and we will applying again this time. 

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 Gillian Pepper  or Colline Poirier

DeMANDs - Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases journal club: contact Heather Dowey

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 Helen Tuppen 

Parkinson's Disease seminar series: contact Amy Reeve 

Predator Prey journal club: contact Diana Umeton

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