Annual Conference

Winchester city centre

Bookings for dinner on board HMS Warrior on Thursday 30 January have now closed.  You may still register for the conference – please download a booking form, complete and bring it with you.  The secretariat staff will be in Winchester from Monday 27 January.


The Southampton team invite you to the 40th British Paediatric Neurology Assocation’s annual conference to be held in the ancient capital of England, Winchester on 29-31 January 2014.

Winchester remains the county town of Hampshire and its long history from Bronze Age settlements through Anglo-Saxon and medieval ascendancy to the gentler but no less important times of Jane Austen means that there is much to interest the visitor.

King Alfred the Great, crowned and buried in Winchester Cathedral

The conference will be held in the Victorian Gothic splendour of the Guildhall, which has a variety of meeting rooms to complement the main lecture halls. It is centrally located, within walking distance of the conference hotels and Winchester Cathedral. The Guildhall has been extensively refurbished as a conference venue and provides the facilities necessary for our meeting, including wireless internet access.

We expect a stimulating and exciting peer-reviewed programme, but locally invited expert speakers will cover topics that include genetic updates, sleep, neural inflammation and rehabilitation. We are pleased to welcome as the Ronnie Mackeith Guest Lecturer, Professor Marc Tardieu, Paris, France.

Winchester Guildhall, venue for the conference

The BPNA meeting would not be the same without its social events and, apart from an opportunity to enjoy the restaurants and pubs of Winchester, there will be a reception at Winchester Cathedral and, in the light of its success as a BPNA venue to celebrate the maritime heritage of Southampton, we will return for our Conference dinner to HMS Warrior in the Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth.

There are two pre conference symposiums being held on Tuesday 28 January 2014:

  • Distance learning study day – open to all trainees and fellows, DL students and DL supervisors.  The topics for the day will be “Stroke” and “Infection of the CNS”.  Please see the programme for full details.
  • Neuropsychology symposium, “Early adversity and brain development” – open to all.  Download the programme & booking form now.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Neil Thomas on behalf of the Southampton team