2024 Programme

The conference will be delivered as a hybrid event in Bristol on 24-26 January 2024. 

Registration will be open in the morning 09.45 on Wednesday 24 January 2024. The conference will finish at 16.45 on Friday 26 January 2024. 


Wednesday 24 January 2024

Session 1: Neonatal and Imaging

Dr Ela Chakkarapani
Associate Professor in Neonatal Neuroscience, University of Bristol
‘Development at school-age following cooling for neonatal encephalopathy’

Session 2: Acute Neurology

His Honour Stephen Wildblood KC
Gloucestershire and North Somerset
‘Trips and traps for Doctors and Medical Experts in the Family Court’

Session 3:  Video Challenge

Can the expert panel diagnose the neurological disorder? 


Wednesday Welcome Evening Reception (SS Great Britain, Bristol)

We would be delighted if you could join us for the welcome reception at SS Great Britain on the evening of Wednesday 24 January 2024. After the reception you are free to make your own dinner arrangements and explore the wonderful range of restaurants that Bristol has to offer. Open to all those registering for the physical conference. 


Thursday 25 January 2024

Session 4: Epilepsy

Debate: Prof Elizabeth Thiele
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
Prof Sergiusz Jó┼║wiak
Professor and Head of the Department of Pediatric Neurology at the Warsaw Medical University
‘Prophylactic Vigabatrin in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex’

Session 5: Genetic

Prof Emma Baple
Professor of Genomic Medicine, University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health
'Rapid genomic testing in paediatric neurology: transforming clinical care'

Session 6: The Presidential Plenary

The Ronnie MacKeith Prize: Dr Dora Steel
‘Diagnosis, discovery and deepening understanding of rare movement disorders with whole genome sequencing’

Dr Tarun Dua
‘WHO and Paediatric Neurology: the global agenda’

The Ronnie MacKeith Guest Lecturer: Prof Florian Eichler
MD, Director, Center for Rare Neurological Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
‘Leveraging Disease Biology for Precision Medicine in Child Neurology’

Personal Practice sessions (parallel sessions): 

  • Palliative and end of life management of seizures
  • Sleep medicine


Thursday Annual Conference Dinner (Aerospace, Bristol)

Please join us for the conference reception and dinner at Aerospace. The night begins with a drink's reception, followed by dinner. Open to all those registering for the physical conference.


Friday 26 January 2024

Session 7: Neuromuscular/Neurodisability

Prof Cathy Williams
Professor of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Bristol Medical School
‘Are there subtypes of cerebral visual impairment and does it matter?’

Session 8: Hot Topics

Prof Tally Lerman-Sagie
Professor of Pediatrics and Child Neurology, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University
'Fetal intraventricular haemorrhage and periventricular haemorrhagic venous infarction: time for a dedicated classification system’

Prof Richard Huxtable
Professor of Medical Ethics and Law, University of Bristol
‘In the best interests of the patient? Orchestrating best interests’ decision-making’

Personal Practice sessions (parallel sessions): 

  • How to develop a successful Regional Specialist Paediatric Neurorehabilitation Service in the UK
  • Holistic care in Neurofibromatosis type 1