The British Paediatric Neurology Association is the professional organisation for doctors who specialise in the care of children with neurological disorders.

The BPNA is a charity (1159115) aiming to promote the health and well-being of children with neurological disorders through:

  • Training and education of professionals working in the field of neurosciences.
  • Research into neurological disorders affecting children & young people.
  • Improvement of knowledge of professionals, the public and patients and their families through scientific meetings.
  • Providing support to members to facilitate the delivery of the above objectives.
Training & Education for Professionals working in Paediatric Neurosciences
The BPNA delivers:
  • Short courses in: epilepsy, movement disorders, headache and neonatal neurology.
  • Paediatric Neurology Distance Learning: this covers all aspects of paediatric neurology comprehensively and systematically.
  • 3-day Annual Scientific Meeting: January each year.

All our courses and conferences are open to non-members.

Click on 'Courses & Conferences' above.



Intellectual disability and mental health in genetics

IMAGINE ID is a novel research study aiming to increase understanding of children and young people with intellectual disability. The IMAGINE ID team is very keen to learn more about the link between behaviour and rare genetic conditions. The study, led by University of Cambridge (PI Prof Lucy Raymond), University College London and Cardiff University, has over 1,150 families already and hopes to collect information from over 5,000 families by 2019.
To participate, children should be aged 4 and over with intellectual disability, learning difficulty or developmental delay that has a genetic cause. Taking part harnesses parent’s expertise and involves families completing secure online questionnaires about their children’s development and behaviour from the comfort of their own home. If families do not have internet access, the research team can help. After completing this, families receive a personalised summary report based on the answers they have given which may be useful for children when undergoing assessments for services, school or specialist treatments.
All Regional Genetics Centres in England, Scotland and Wales are open for recruitment. If you would like more information please do contact us at imagineID@cimr.cam.ac.uk or visit our website http://imagine-id.org/

Twitter: @imagineidnews 


2017 BMA research grants – deadline for applications approaching

The 2017 BMA research grants are closing soon. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 3 March 2017. 

Details of funding available, eligibility criteria and an online application form to apply for a grant can be found on the BMA webpages at bma.org.uk/researchgrants

We would like to draw your attention to a new grant we are now accepting applications for online called the J Moulton grant for research into idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura to the value of £50,000. Applications are accepted from doctors or research scientists working in the UK. 

For any further information on the BMA research grants please see our webpages at bma.org.uk/researchgrants or feel free to contact us directly at researchgrants@bma.org.uk or 020 7383 6341.


2017 BMA foundation for medical research grant – application deadline approaching

The BMA foundation for medical research awards research grants each year (totalling approximately £625,000) to encourage and further medical research in a variety of areas. One of these grants, the Vera Down, is to assist research into neurological disorders. This year the grant will be awarded for an amount up to £50,000 and applications are invited from registered medical practitioners in the UK and a member of the BMA for research in progress or prospective research.

The 2017 BMA foundation grants are closing soon. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 3 March 2017. 

 The BMA foundation would like to raise awareness of the availability of this grant to as wide an audience as possible. Given the scope of your organisation we would be grateful if you could promote the availability of this grant to interested individuals.

 For more information on the Vera Down grant, other BMA foundation research grants and to apply, please see: www.bma.org.uk/researchgrants 


Project grants for research into neurological disease and injury: call for applications now open

We are inviting applications for the funding of translational research projects under our three priority themes: acquired brain damage, neuro-oncology, and headache and facial pain.

We are interested in cause- and mechanistic-based research that addresses areas of large unmet need and demonstrates a clear pathway to clinical impact in diseases of - or injury to - the nervous system.

We will accept applications in the following three priority areas:


·        Acquired brain damage: research into interventions that promote recovery at the impairment level, particularly those that bring together enhanced plasticity or stimulation with rehabilitation.


·        Neuro-oncology: research addressing the biology, treatment and diagnosis of primary brain tumours and associated neurological complications.


·        Headache and facial pain: research addressing the fundamental causes, mechanisms and relief of headache and facial pain.


The application deadline is Wednesday 29th March 2017.


For further information, and application documents, please visit www.brt.org.uk/research-grants   
Visit our new website for children age 3-10 years with hemiplegia and their families and therapists!
FREE, downloadable ideas for activities aiming at getting the two hands working together in play. 
Activities searchable by therapy goals. Please access, disseminate and enjoy!
Anna Basu, Janice Pearse Emma Kirkpatrick.
See also: Kirkpatrick et al. 2016 – the materials were derived from those used in the trial.