Seminar Theatre 4

Wednesday 7th June

Thursday 8th June


11.00 - 11.30

Dr Charlotte Stagg

Transcranial Stimulation: developing a new tool for rehabilitation?

Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) are showing increasing utility both as tools for neuroscientific research, and as potential adjunct therapies for rehabilitation after brain injury. Here, I will review the evidence supporting their use, particularly in the context of motor recovery after stroke. I will go on to discuss recent work combining NIBS with multimodal neuroimaging to study the mechanisms underpinning the known behavioural effects. I will finish by summarising on-going work to maximise the potential of these techniques, and highlight their potential limitations.


11.45 - 12.15

Dr Ali Jamous

Management of spasticity in spinal cord injury patients

Management of spasticity in spinal cord injury patients


12.30 - 13.00

Tina Soulis

Strategies in CNS Drug and Device Development: The Australian Advantage

Neuroscience Trials Australia is an Australian-based, niche contract research organization (CRO) specializing in all aspects and phases of neuroscience clinical research. Therapeutic areas of expertise include epilepsy, stroke and stroke-related conditions, motor neurone disease/ALS, multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease (AD)/cognitive disease studies, Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders, spinal cord injuries, concussion/TBI, Huntington’s disease, neurosurgery, pain, neuromuscular disease, mitochondrial disease and migraine. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate the advantageous environment in Australia allowing a successful project. Pivotal points of difference include a centralised system for fast ethics/Institutional Review Board approval, Centralised Clinical Trial Agreement templates, a fair and simple R&D tax incentive allowing a refund of 43.5% of spend, a regulatory system requiring NO review as well as access to multiple clinical trial networks with direct access to sites and patients.


13.15 - 13.45

Dr Anne Wright

Neuromodulation for Incontinence in Children

Both non-invasive and invasive electroneurostimulation modalities for bladder bowel dysfunction have been studied and reported in children. A summary of the proposed mechanism of actions and the more commonly used and recently reported techniques together with outcomes will be described. This includes transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, functional electrical nerve stimulation, intravesical electrical nerve stimulation, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation and sacral neuromodulation in conditions including overactive bladder, enuresis, dysfunctional voiding, constipation, combined bladder bowel dysfunction and neuropathic bladder and bowel dysfunction.


14.00 - 14.30

Neelam Kaur

Complex Care at Home: The good, the bad and the extraordinary

Premium Care Solutions are a Complex are Provider, providing support to clients with various care needs across the UK. PCS work with a number of case managers, private clients and NHS CCG’s across the UK and we have over 16 years of experience in implementing packages of complex care. Our clients have varying support needs, including ventilated tracheostomy clients through to acquired brain injury clients. We are experienced in supporting clients’ transitions from hospital/care homes to returning home, ensuring they are settled and stable within their own home. Our Seminar will be an opportunity to discuss how packages of support are implemented in an ideal scenario, alongside discussing the challenges faced by the clients, their families alongside the professionals involved. We aim to explore the care options available to clients, whilst discussing the possibilities of providing clients with complex care in their home.


14.45 - 15.15

Paul Spence

The importance of community based support & guidance after brain injury.

This seminar will highlight the challenges faced during brain recovery following discharge from acute services. This inspiration talk will show how Paul, a brain injury survivor, used his own recovery to develop a model for community based support. The talk will also demonstrate the positive, life changing effect that this community based support can have on those going through brain recovery.


15.30 - 16.00

Maggie Sargent

The Journey- Having a purpose in life following Brain Injury

Considering the incredibly beneficial effects of activities including group travel on individuals who have sustained Neurological injuries and the positive impact to both the individual and their families, including ''The Journey'' a thought provoking video demonstrating that life after injury can be meaningful.


16.15 - 16.45

Barry Richards

Ekso GT and Smart Assist – The new paradigm for neuro rehabilitation

The presentation will focus on how exoskeleton technology, and in particular the Ekso GT, has progressed in terms of adoption, utilisation within the field of neurorehabilitation. Specific reference will be made on providing an overview of the current literature landscape. Thus highlighting the benefits of implementing robotic assisted therapy into modern day practice.