headmatters hats 350International Brain Awareness Week starts on the 14th of March and so once again we will be increasing public awareness on brain-related issues and letting people know how we can help those living with neurological conditions.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that one in seven people have a brain-related diagnosis. This means that, even if you do not have one, it is likely that someone you know either has one or could get one in the future.

Brain Awareness Week LogoThings are getting better but there is still a long way to go. For example, as Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, says: "Despite the fact that highly effective, low-cost treatments are available, as many as nine out of ten people suffering from epilepsy in Africa go untreated. Health systems need to be strengthened to deliver better care for people with neurological disorders."

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To mark this important week, we will be throwing our annual Head Matters Tea Party on Wednesday 16th March to celebrate all things brainy. Our annual tea party is for anyone who wants to find out what services are available to them and the chance to sit and listen to some of the country’s top brain doctors talk about how the brain works, in a friendly informal way (whilst wearing a funny hat!)


We’re very lucky to have the following speakers lined up for the day:


Sir Bert Massie – ‘Disability today’ 12.15pm

Sir Bert is a Patron of The Brain Charity and a proud Liverpudlian who has spent his life campaigning to bring about changes to make the world a more accessible place for those with disabilities.


David Goss – ‘Exploring how changes in our brain may influence our personality’ 1.00pm

David is in the final stages of completing his training as a counselling psychologist. He has worked at The Brain Charity for almost two years, providing psychological therapy to people who have a range of neurological conditions. David works with individuals, couples, families and groups, he recognises that neurological conditions have wide-ranging impact not just on the individual but on those around them as well.


Hilary Abernethy from Beautitude Ad Vitam Ltd – ‘Learning Resilience – how we can boost our happiness and wellbeing’ 1.45pm

Beautitude is a Public Health social enterprise that exists to improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities and organisations by delivering bespoke wellbeing solutions. Hilary Abernethy has 30 years of experience working as a public health specialist and nurse, she has a strong belief in the importance of focusing on the factors that support wellbeing and is now an established social entrepreneur and freelance public health specialist. Hilary is also joint author of ‘Social Prescribing for Mental Health – a guide to Commissioning and Delivery’ (Department of Health 2009).


Dr Ganesh Bavikatte – ‘Rehabilitation and how The Brain Charity compliments The Walton Centre’ 2.30pm

Dr Bavikatte is a Consultant and clinical lead in rehabilitation medicine at The Walton Centre and clinical lead of North West Assistive Technology, he specialises in traumatic brain injury, polytrauma rehabilitation and acute neuro-rehabilitation. Ganesh is also a clinical lecturer at Liverpool University and teaches at numerous local, regional, national and international meetings to raise the profile of specialist rehabilitation.


Dr Ian Pomeroy – “Second Class Citizens, ” - why is there no treatment for progressive MS? 3.15pm

Dr Pomeroy is a trustee of The Brain Charity and a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre, he is also a clinical tutor at Liverpool University. Ian has research interests in Multiple Sclerosis and factors affecting quality of life in long term neurological disease.

All that, and free cake too!

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