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World-renowned speakers address inaugural RCSI Neuroscience Symposium

10 March 2011
The Society of Neuroscience of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) hosted its 1st Neuroscience Symposium in the College on Thursday, March 10th, 2011. The conference was organised by the Society of Neuroscience, an RCSI student society, in association with the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience.


Mr. Conor Mallucci, Consultant Neurosurgeon, the Walton Centre, Liverpool, United Kingdom delivering the State of the Art Lecture on Paediatric Neurosurgery.

A total of seven world-renowned speakers from the United Kingdom, Australia and the Middle East gave talks across a broad field of Clinical Neuroscience topics, including Neurology, Neurosurgery, Interventional Neuroradiology and Psychiatry.

Pictured (l-r) are Professor John Waddington, RCSI Professor of Neuroscience and Society President; Mr Shane Crilly, RCSI Society of Neuroscience; Mr Paul Eldridge, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Director of the Walton Centre, Liverpool; Professor Ciaran Bolger, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Beaumont Hosptial; Mr Conor Mallucci, Consultant Neurosurgeon, the Walton Centre, Liverpool; and Mr. Yasser Al-Jabi, RCSI Society of Neuroscience.

Among those presenting were Dr. Martin Turner, Consultant Neurologist, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK, who explored ‘Motor Neuron Disease: The Search for a Biomarker'  and Professor Pat McGorry, Professor of Psychiatry; Melbourne University, Australia, spoke on the topic ‘Early Intervention in Psychotic Disorders'.

Pictured (l-r) are officers of the RCSI Society of Neuroscience, Mr. Noel Fitzpatrick; Mr. Shane Crilly; Ms. Melissa Heiry; Professor John Waddington, Professor of Neuroscience, RCSI, and President of the Society; Mr. Yasser Al-Jabi and Mr. Stephen Duff.

Professor John Waddington, Professor of Neuroscience, RCSI, and President of the Society said: "This symposium is the first of such calibre to be organised by a student society in RCSI. It is unprecedented for a student-led conference to have such a comprehensive international programme and to attract an audience beyond their peers, to include clinicians in higher training, senior clinicians and researchers. I commend those involved in the Society of Neuroscience who have made this event a reality, driven by their own initiative, enthusiasm and effort."

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