Headway Suffolk

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Tarrant & Hawking Headline Neuro Conference

Neurology charity Headway Suffolk hosts its fifth annual Neuro Conference on Wednesday 16 October at Wherstead Park in Ipswich from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

This year’s event promises to be another highlight in Suffolk’s calendar with five eminent keynote speakers to address delegates on stroke, dementia, autism, brain injury and neurology.



Line up:

1 – Chris Tarrant – TV and radio broadcaster and stroke survivor

Chris Tarrant is a well-known television presenter who hosted the world’s most successful quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? for a total of 30 series, and now he presents Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways, which is on to its fifth series.

Chris suffered a stroke seven years ago when he lost the use of his arms and legs during a traumatic 12-hour flight. In hospital, he had a blood clot removed from his left leg, which had caused a temporary loss of blood to his brain.

Chris will share with conference guests his experiences and his road to recovery.

2 – Dr Jane Hawking – Author, teacher and first wife of Prof Stephen Hawking

Dr Jane Hawking is an author, teacher and first wife to renowned scientist Professor Stephen Hawking, as well as a patron of Headway Suffolk.

Jane regularly gives lectures across the world, most recently in Dubai and China, to raise awareness about the important, unsung roles of carers to spouses with severe disabilities. She returns for her third consecutive conference.

Jane will give an overview on autism, which is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

3 – Dr Hilda Hayo – Chief Admiral Nurse and CEO of Dementia UK

Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive of Dementia UK, is a dual-registered nurse with almost 40 years’ experience developing and leading dementia specialist teams and services throughout the NHS.

She has held Principal Lecturer posts at both London South Bank University and University of Northampton, set up a nurse-led Younger People with Dementia service, and has published a book about better support for individuals with young onset dementia and their families.

Dr Hayo returns after presenting at last year’s conference and her talk will look at the difficulty facing families and the need for post-diagnostic support.

4 – Dr Charlotte Brierley – neurologist at Addenbrooke’s and West Suffolk hospitals

Dr Charlotte Brierley is a neurologist who runs the neuromuscular clinic at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for adult patients with neuromuscular disease, and a consultant neurologist at West Suffolk Hospital.

Prior to this, Dr Brierley spent three years at the Brain Repair Centre in Cambridge, where she gained her PhD in research on treatment strategies for multiple sclerosis, and was also a consultant neurologist at Ipswich Hospital.

Charlotte returns to the conference for a second successive year where she will explain on stage the process of a neuro examination and diagnosis using various case studies.

5 – Dr Muhibbur Rahman Chowdhury – stroke consultant at Ipswich Hospital

Dr M Rahman Chowdhury has been a stroke consultant at Ipswich Hospital for over six years, working out of Shotley Ward, where hyper-acute and acute stroke services are provided.

The RAPIDS clinic allows Dr Chowdhury and other consultants to see TIA (transient ischaemic attack) ‘mini-stroke’ referrals seven days a week, with the hospital looking to provide Suffolk residents with a complete stroke pathway.

Dr Chowdhury has twice previously appeared as a speaker, giving fascinating and insightful talks about the nuances of stroke and the development of treatment, and this year he will present on communication difficulties and strategies after stroke.


Headway Suffolk has attracted huge interest in its previous four conferences, with TV health expert Robert Winston presenting on the human mind last year; author Jane Hawking talking about her life as a family carer in 2017, famed scientist Stephen Hawking making a rare public appearance to discuss his life with motor neurone disease in 2016, and local brain injury survivor Andrew Renton taking his first public steps in 21 years in 2015.

This year’s event promises to be another highlight in Suffolk’s calendar, with delegates also hearing from Helen Fairweather, Headway Suffolk’s Chief Executive on the charity’s services and future.

The conference is being kindly sponsored by East of England Co-Op, Ashtons Legal and Irwin Mitchell.


Tickets, priced at £40 each, can be purchased by telephoning Headway Suffolk on 01473 712225 or by email [email protected].

Alternatively, tickets can be bought through Eventbrite by searching for Headway Suffolk or by going directly to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headway-suffolk-neuro-conference-2019-tickets-55527680788.

Further information can be found at www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events.