Brain Injury: Back on Track - regional experts to gather for key annual conference


Brain Injury: Back on Track - regional experts to gather for key annual conference


asb aspire Brain Injury Conference 2015The Amex Stadium in Brighton will provide the back drop for what is set to be a practical and thought provoking conference looking at acquired brain injury.  Now in its third year, delegates will hear from leading consultants, clinicians and practitioners who will present two perspectives of brain injury – the patient story alongside the latest clinical treatment developments.  The conference will take place on Wednesday, 7 October.

Dawn Astle will present the story of her father, Jeff Astle – former West Bromwich Albion and England footballer, who died aged 59, in 2002.  After initially being misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s, tests later confirmed that he died from the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), concluded to be brought on by repeatedly heading heavy footballs during his career.

Dr Richard Hardie, Consultant Neurologist (and also an active Bristol Society rugby referee), will review the facts around the mechanisms and risks of concussion in different sports, and what is being done to reassure participants and their families.

Professor Richard Frackowaik, from EPFL Lausanne in Switzerland, and co-director of the Human Brain Project, will explain the aims of a massive collaborative effort funded by the European Union, to develop a biological theory of the human brain from its basic genes through its cognition, emotion, perception and action responses.

Professor Richard Wise, Professor of Neurology at Imperial College London, will discuss cognitive impairment and the long-term disabilities that can occur as a result of relatively trivial brain injuries.

Following a lunch break, Dr Siobhan Palmer and Dr Jo Johnson, both Clinical Neuropsychologists, will look at the effect that brain injury has on personal relationships and explain how acceptance and commitment therapy is used to support partner and family intervention.

Gavin Dray, Advanced Speech and Language Therapist at Brighton and Sussex University Trust, will explain a case study of the audits and training that can be provided to increase awareness of cognitive communication disorders.

The conference will conclude with Simon Churchill, Assistive Technology Consultant, who will look at the assessment methods for those with brain injury and the alternative access methods and assistive technology which may be appropriate for them.

Organised by asb aspire, the specialist catastrophic personal injury division of asb law LLP, in conjunction with Headway Hurstwood Park, all profit generated from the conference will be donated to Headway Hurstwood Park, an independent charity that supports those directly and indirectly affected by brain injury.

An early bird booking rate of £45 + VAT is available on all delegate bookings made by Sunday, 30 August. The booking rate is £90 + VAT after this date. Spaces are limited and are selling fast – delegates can book by downloading a booking form available at  Alternatively those wishing to attend can book by contacting the events team on 01293 861214 or emailing

The Brain Injury: Back on Track conference is co-sponsored by Frenkel Topping, Sussex Healthcare, Independent Living Solutions, the Brain Injury Group and The Children’s Trust.

Published: 27 Jul 2015

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