MS Information Day Torquay
The South Devon branch of the MS Society will bring together an impressive and diverse range of MS professionals at its forthcoming MS Information Day in Torquay on Saturday 19th March. The event, taking place between 9.00am and 4.30pm at the seafront's beautiful Victorian and aptly-named Grand Hotel, should prove to be an interesting and informative occasion for anyone living with or with an interest in MS.
Further down this page you will find brief speaker biographies and, to the right, an image of the MS Information Day flyer, which can be viewed/downloaded by clicking here or on the picture.
Tickets for the event, which includes a buffet lunch, are available to purchase for £10.00 from Chris Buckingham, 22 St Mary's Court, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1FB. Tel 01626 332268
This is likely to be a very popular event and so early booking is recommended.
For more information about the location of the Grand Hotel, Torquay, please follow this link.
Professor Neil Scolding, FRCP, PhD, University of Bristol
Neil Scolding trained in neurology in Cardiff, in Cambridge (Addenbrooke’s), and in London (National Hospital for Neurology); he was a Consultant and Lecturer in Cambridge before coming to Bristol in 1999 as foundation chairholder of the Burden Professorship of Clinical Neurosciences. His clinical interests and research centre on clinical and biological aspects of MS and related inflammatory neurological diseases, and on developing and trialling cell therapies. He has published some 200 research papers and three Neurology textbooks, some relating to laboratory-based research, others on diseases characterised by brain or spine inflammation, including in particular MS. He is currently a Guarantor of the neurology journal Brain, and a member of the editorial board of several other neurology journals, and Chairman of the Anscombe Centre for Healthcare Ethics.
He is a past member of Council of the Association of British Neurologists (ABN); the Executive Committee of the European Council for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS); the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Panel; the UK national bioethics committee, ESBAC; and of the UoA4 2014 REF panel. He is also past Chairman of the ABN’s MS Section, Secretary of the UK Neurology Specialty Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Physicians/JCHMT.
Professor Jeremy Hobart BSc PhD FRCP Dip Public Health
Dr. Jeremy Hobart is a Consultant Neurologist at Derriford Hospital, and Professor at the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. His clinical sub-specialist interest is the diagnosis and management of people with multiple sclerosis. He is a key opinion leader in this field. His medical training was at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and neurology training was undertaken predominantly at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. He is also President of the South Devon branch of the MS Society and Consultant Neurologist to Plymouth Albion Rugby Club.
Jeremy Hobart’s research interest is rating scales for measuring health outcomes. His training in health measurement and rating scale science has included a PhD in Psychometrics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Prof Donna Lamping), and post doctoral attachments to the University of Chicago (Prof Ben Wright) and, more recently, a secondment to Murdoch University Perth, Western Australia (Prof David Andrich) sponsored by a Royal Society of Medicine Ellison-Cliffe Travelling Fellowship. By a combination of chance and design, this training means that Jeremy is one of only a handful of clinicians formally trained in rating scale science. He has led the development of a number of rating scales, has published widely in this area, and holds over £6 million in research grants.
Professor Alasdair Coles, University of Cambridge
Alasdair is a neurologist and researcher in Cambridge. He is the Chair of the ABN multiple sclerosis advisory group and helped draw up the recent ABN guidelines on the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
Nicki Ward-Abel RGN, BSc (Hons), MSCN, University of Birmingham
Nicki Ward-Abel is a Lecturer Practitioner in MS at Birmingham City University and University Hospital, Birmingham working in clinical practice as a Specialist MS Nurse and in education as a Senior Lecturer in MS.
She enjoys her dual role as she is passionate about both patient care and education. She has key interests clinically in Sexual difficulties experienced by people with MS and in the past won a British Medical Association Award for a booklet she wrote focusing on the sexuality issues faced by women with MS. She is also interested in fatigue management groups and is now writing up the research that she has carried out in this area of MS management.
George has been the manager of the Tissue Bank since 2008. Before coming to Imperial he worked at the Institute of Neurology, London where he got involved with brain banking through the Institute's MS Society Tissue Bank. He was also part of a research group looking into the role of proteolytic enzymes in multiple sclerosis. George is currently responsible for the day-to-day running of the Tissue Bank, with a focus on tissue supply to researchers.
I have been working as caseworker for the Multiple Sclerosis Advocacy Project for six years, providing advocacy, advice and support for people affected by MS, their families and carer's. The project provides free, confidential and independent advice on a range of issues from; disability and general benefits; employment; health and social care services; housing; debt; family and personal and consumer issues. The project is run as a partnership between the MS Society and Citizen's Advice Bureau and is funded through the 'Reaching communities' programme of the Lottery. This allows a service that can provide holistic, complex casework support, allowing home visits and representation with benefit claims and appeals, including attending hearings with clients.
Within the context of welfare reform, the main focus of the project in recent years has been supporting people through the disability benefit changes and re-assessment process. The project works with MS specialist health professionals to ensure that people are aware of the support available, and many referrals are made through these health professionals who provide valuable information and evidence to support the project's work with clients. The project aims to increase awareness of the changes that are effecting people with MS in regard to welfare reform, to ensure the best possible support is available from an early stage.
Dr Timothy Harrower
Tim Harrower gained his medical degree at the University of Cape Town. After gaining membership at the Royal College of Physicians he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Grant. This allowed him to undertake research into neural stem cell biology and the mechanisms of neural transplant rejection at the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair (University of Cambridge) where he read for a Ph.D in neuroscience. In addition he was involved in managing all the patients with Huntington's Disease who had received neural transplants. Neurology specialist training was completed in Cambridge during which time extensive experience in the use of Botulinum Toxin usage was gained.
In 2006 he was appointed Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and as a visiting neurologist at North Devon District Hospital. He also runs the Mardon Neuro-rehabilitation Centre (sited adjacent to Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital) and is co- Chair of the Neuro-rehabilitation Network in the South West.
He is currently the principle investigator in research projects including investigations in optimising botulinum toxin injections in cervical dystonia. Including generating economic models of Botulinum Toxin usage in dystonia, and initiating local involvement in an International Collaboration which aims to undertake genetic analysis of patients with Dystonia. He is currently one of the Directors of the British Neurotoxin Network (BNN).
However his main research interests include disease modification in Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington’s Disease (currently Director of HD research in the South West). Clinical interests include management of headaches especially migraine (not surprisingly using Botulinum Toxin injections), Tourette’s syndrome, Neuro-ophthalmology and Neuro-rehabilitation of patients with Functional Disorders.
Outside interests include trying to keep up with his teenage sons on the tennis court, training to maintain a reasonable bowling average for the Hospital cricket team, and ensuring he gets arthritis by running all manner of running race or challenge. But the new found skill of gardening in Devon provides balm for his soul and distracts from his ongoing hobby of trouble making with unhelpful managers.