Cambridge Neurological Society Symposium 2015

Join us on 7 March 2015 at the School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital to explore the cutting-edge of neurology, with talks from world-leading experts, skills and career workshops and the opportunity to present your research in our innovative rapid pitch abstracts session.



We have secured an impressive line-up of influential speakers, spanning a the breadth of clinical neurology and neurosurgery. Expect to hear about the latest developments in neurology and neurosurgery and a unique insight into life in these fields.

Research Posters and Presentations

Abstract submission is now closed. Selected abstracts will be presented as part of our Rapid Pitch Sessions.

Download the CNS Symposium 2015 Programme.


Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to take part in exciting neuro-workshops, soon to be announced.

We are very pleased to confirm our latest 2 surgical workshops:

  • We will be providing state of the art neurosurgical microscopes, courtesy of Carl Zeiss, for eye surgery experience and the chance to try out neurosurgical power drills, courtesy of Medtronic.
  • We are hosting a high-class CV and Careers workshop, presented by an experience surgeon and professional medical careers consultant.
  • Workshops will have limited availability so purchase tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Cambridge Neurological Society


You will soon be able to register for your place at the 2015 Neurological Symposium on Saturday 7 March 2015.

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Ticket Prices

Each ticket includes attendance, your choice of two of our workshops (including surgical skills and career preparation) and lunch.

Refund Policy

  • Full refund is only available when a cancellation request is received 3 weeks prior to the date of the conference.
  • Late requests due to emergencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tickets are sold through Eventbrite™.

Submitting Abstracts

Abstract submission is now closed.

Judging Criteria

Abstracts will be judged objectively by the committee, based on the following criteria:

  • Style of writing/quality of the abstract
  • Clinical or scientific content of the work
  • Surgical relevance of the work
  • Originality of the topic
  • Impact of your conclusions


Professor Henry Marsh

Professor Henry Marsh CBE FRCS


Henry Marsh is the Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley's/St George's in London. After graduating with a first class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford he had various jobs including work as a psycho-geriatric nursing assistant and as an operating theatre technician before qualifying in Medicine in London with Honours. His surgical interests are centred on brain tumour surgery and he was one of the pioneers of the use of awake craniotomy for intrinsic brain tumours.

His work has been the subject of two major BBC documentaries - "Your Life in their Hands" in 2003 and "The English Surgeon" in 2009 about his work in Ukraine over the last 22 years which has won many awards including an Emmy and was described in the New York Times as "Enthralling, astonishing....agonizingly human" and in The Times by Phil Hammond as "the most moving and honest film about surgery I have ever seen." He has had more than 80 articles published in peer-reviewed journals on neurosurgical subjects. His recently published memoir "Do No Harm" is a current national best seller and has sold 90,000 copies. "Neurosurgery has found its Boswell" (Ian McEwen). "This is a wonderful book, passionate and frank" (The Independent on Sunday). "Why has no one ever written a book like this before?...what a bloody, splendid book..." (The Guardian). "Searingly frank... doctors seldom talk to us as freely..." (The Mail on Sunday). " An extraordinary book by an extraordinary man" (Dr Michael Mosley, BBC Focus). The book was short-listed for many major UK literary prizes (but failed to win any of them) and has already been translated into several languages. He was made a CBE by HM the Queen in 2010. Photograph: Patrick Sherlock

Dr Gordon Ingle

Dr Gordon Ingle MD FRCP

Autonomic Neurology

Dr Ingle qualified in Medicine at the University of Edinburgh with a First Class Honours Degree in Neuroscience and worked in Scotland and Yorkshire before moving to London to work in the Institute of Neurology as a Research Fellow in 1999. He obtained an MD from the University of London, working on magnetic resonance imaging markers in Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and has held a Consultant Neurologist position at both Whipps Cross Hospital and at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, since 2008. He runs General Neurology Clinics at both Whipps Cross and NHNN, taking a leading role in the specialist Autonomic Neurology Service at NHNN. He also has a growing interest in medical education, supervising undergraduates and has been the Royal College of Physicians Tutor at NHNN for the last five years with responsibility for junior doctors in training.

Research interests include multiple sclerosis and autonomic neurology, with specialist interests in Autoimmune Autonomic Neuropathy, Spinal Injury, Multiple System Atrophy and the Postural Tachycardia Syndrome.

Mr Thomas Santarius

Mr Thomas Santarius MD PhD FRCS(SN)

Neurosurgical Anatomy

Mr Santarius is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. His clinical and teaching efforts are focused on perfecting surgical techniques as well as research into the biology of brain tumours. He has been teaching anatomy in some form pretty much since passing with distinction his 'right of passage' end-of-the-first-year anatomy exam. In 2005 he co-founded Cambridge Lectures in Neurosurgical Anatomy. This course uses 3D images and videos of cadaveric dissections and as well as neurosurgical operations to promote perfection of surgical techniques through in-depth understanding of surgical anatomy. Mr Santarius serves as a faculty on a number of national and international neurosurgical courses focused on anatomy and neurosurgical techniques.

Mr Santarius' clinical practise focuses on surgical treatment of brain tumours in children and adults, including those affecting brainstem, cerebellum, ventricular and periventricular tumours, sellar, parasellar and pineal region tumours. He has expertise in glioma surgery utilising intraoperative electrophysiological mapping and monitoring (cortical and subcortical mapping and monitoring) in awake and anaesthetised patients.

Dr Gordon Plant

Dr Gordon Plant MD FRCP FRCOphth

Neuro-opthalmology - Hemianopia

Gordon Plant trained in Medicine at the University of Cambridge and St Thomas' Hospital in England. At Cambridge he took a particular interest in visual physiology and when a Neurology Registrar at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge he took a break from clinical training to return to Physiology and to Fergus Campbell's laboratory to undertake an MD in Visual S cience. He then completed his Neurology training at the National Hospital in Queen Square and throughout his training attended clinics at Moorfields Eye Hospital to obtain experience in Ophthalmology. After a year in San Francisco working with Ken Nakayama at the Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and with Bill Hoyt at UCSF he took up, in 1991, his present post as Consultant Neurologist to all three of his Almae Matres: Queen Square, Moorfields and St Thomas'.

Gordon Plant is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He is a Senior Lecturer at UCL and Visiting Professor at City University in London and Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia. He is editor-in-chief of Neuro-Ophthalmology, founder of the UK Neuro-Ophthalmology Special Interest Group and a past President of the Clinical Neurosciences section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has given numerous named lectures and has published over 300 peer reviewed research papers. Gordon's clinical and research interests encompass most areas of the Neurology of Vision. He is particularly interested in promoting research and training in all aspects of Medical Ophthalmology.

Mr Matthew Garnett BM BCh MA DM FRCS(Neuro Surg)

Paediatric Neurosurgery

Mr Garnett is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He qualified in 1993 having studied at Cambridge University for his pre-clinical training and Oxford University for his clinical training. Mr Garnett undertook his post-graduate training in Oxford and Bristol. This included a 3 year period of research into traumatic brain injury as a Medical Research Council Clinical Fellow. After completing his training he spent a year as a Consultant Neurosurgeon in Bristol and as an International Fellow in Paris. He then took up his definitive post as a Consultant Neurosurgeon in Cambridge.

He has a busy neurosurgical practice treating both adults and paediatric patients with hydrocephalus, degenerative spinal conditions, head injury, pain, spasticity, and brain tumours.


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Getting Here and Contacting Us

The 2015 Neurological Symposium will be held at the School of Clinical Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, CB2 0SP, which is just under 2 miles from Cambridge train station, and about 2.5 miles from the city centre. Once at the hospital, follow the road footpaths towards the Emergency Department and bear right towards the multi-storey car park. The Clinical School is to your right.

By Car

Addenbrooke's is well served by Park and Rides at Babraham Road, Milton and Trumpington. These are significantly cheaper than parking on site and operate a good service on Saturdays. More information can be found on the Council Park and Ride website.

By Train

Cambridge has good rail links with most of the country. If travelling from or via London, there are several trains every every hour from King's Cross and Liverpool Street stations. Upon arrival at Cambridge station, there are regular Saturday buses to Addenbrooke's, with the number 99 Babraham Road service (stop 4) every 10 minutes, the Citi 8 service (stop 3) every 20 minutes and the Trumpington A service every 15 minutes. More information can be found on the Council bus service website.

By Coach

National Express operates services to and from Cambridge Parkside. This is a short walk from Cambridge Bus Station, which has regular services to Addenbrooke's.

Contact Us

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The CNS Symposium 2015 Team

  • Alan Campbell
  • Dan Fountain
  • Simon Lambracos
  • Will Wakeford

The Symposium is operated by the Cambridge Neurological Society.