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Combined to host major Huntington's disease conference on 27 June

13 Jun 2017

Celebrating 30 years of providing care and support for people living with Huntington’s disease in the local community, and ensuring the best possible outcome for future generations will be the focus of a major conference being hosted by North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.

Combined is hosting its sixth Neuropsychiatry conference, called Huntington’s Disease: New Horizons, on Tuesday 27 June at the Bet365 Stadium.

The Trust has built a strong national and international reputation for its Neuropsychiatry conferences and this year’s event has extra significance as it marks the 30th anniversary of Huntington’s disease services in North Staffordshire, one of only a few NHS-based services in the country for this condition.

To celebrate the occasion, the conference is being chaired by Dr Ken Barrett, who founded the highly-regarded service three decades ago and will share how it has developed.

The event will feature a number of distinguished international speakers alongside eminent academic professors, clinicians and researchers from the UK and Europe.

Huntington’s disease is a hereditary progressive brain condition that typically affects people in their 40s, although it can also affect children and older people. It can lead to problems with motor function, behavioural changes and memory problems.

Dr George El-Nimr, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and event organiser, said: “This year’s conference promises to be fascinating and a cause for celebration as we look back on how far we’ve come in the last 30 years, whilst looking to the future with great optimism as to what more can be accomplished.

“We are greatly indebted to our patients who have always motivated us to improve our services and provided great support to our conferences. Our team feels deeply honoured to be able to serve such a delightful group of people that have inspired and educated many of us over the years.”

Dr El-Nimr, who is also Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Neuropsychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, added: “It is pleasing there is a growing expectation from the Huntington’s disease community in relation to our Trust taking the lead in organising world-class educational events for clinicians, scientists and families.”

The Trust has built a strong national and international reputation for its Neuropsychiatry conferences and this year’s event has extra significance as it marks the 30th anniversary of Huntington’s disease services in North Staffordshire, one of only a few NHS-based services in the country for this condition.

To celebrate the occasion, the conference is being chaired by Dr Ken Barrett, who founded the highly-regarded service three decades ago and will share how it has developed.

The event will feature a number of distinguished international speakers alongside eminent academic professors, clinicians and researchers from the UK and Europe.

Huntington’s disease is a hereditary progressive brain condition that typically affects people in their 40s, although it can also affect children and older people. It can lead to problems with motor function, behavioural changes and memory problems.

Dr George El-Nimr, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist and event organiser, said: “This year’s conference promises to be fascinating and a cause for celebration as we look back on how far we’ve come in the last 30 years, whilst looking to the future with great optimism as to what more can be accomplished.

“We are greatly indebted to our patients who have always motivated us to improve our services and provided great support to our conferences. Our team feels deeply honoured to be able to serve such a delightful group of people that have inspired and educated many of us over the years.”

Dr El-Nimr, who is also Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Neuropsychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, added: “It is pleasing there is a growing expectation from the Huntington’s disease community in relation to our Trust taking the lead in organising world-class educational events for clinicians, scientists and families.”

For more information please call 01332 227779 and to register visit www.kc-jones.co.uk/hd2017