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About the ABN

The aim of the Association of British Neurologists is to promote excellent standards of care and champion high-quality education and world-class research in neurology.

The ABN's principal objectives are to:

  • Encourage nationwide availability of excellent and equitable neurological services
  • Support neurologists and neurological trainees in their clinical practice
  • Support neurologists and neurological trainees in their research and academic activities
  • Increase knowledge of the nervous system and its disorders
  • Ensure the continuing professional development of its members.
  • Promote the education of neurological trainees and support learning of neurology throughout medical training
  • Collaborate with the Royal College of Physicians (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow).
  • Foster communication with patient interest groups.
  • Maintain contacts with neurologists in developed and in developing countries.
  • Provide guidance when required for matters relating to neurology.

History of the ABN


The Association of British Neurologists founded at a meeting held in the house of Dr Gordon Holmes at 9 Wimpole Street, London on July 28th 1932. At this meeting there were present: W J Adie, E Bramwell, E F Buzzard, H Cohen, J S Collier, D E Core, A Feiling, R G Gordon, J G Greenfield, G Hall, W Harris, W Johnson, F J Nattrass, C Worster-Drought, S A Kinnier Wilson and G Holmes.
First Scientific Meeting of the Association held in the Medical Society, London, in 1933; at this time there were 51 Ordinary Members.
Overseas Membership introduced to accommodate members of the Association who had taken up appointments abroad.
No scientific meetings held during war years.
Introduction of biannual scientific meetings usually one in London and one elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
Introduction of Honorary Foreign membership. Honorary Membership had been established from the start of the Association's existence.
Introduction of Senior membership for all Ordinary Members who had retired or attained the age of 65 years.
By the mid 1960s the Association had 125 Ordinary Members and the criteria for membership were rationalised to include all consultant neurologists practising in the United Kingdom.
Associate Membership introduced to allow senior registrars in neurology full access to meetings.
The Services Subcommittee was constituted to advise the Association, through Council, on all matters relating to standards of neurological care and the staffing, organisation and distribution of neurological services in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Registrars in neurology who had presented a paper to the Association became eligible for Associate membership.
Training and Education Subcommittee constituted to advise the Association, through Council, on all matters relating to undergraduate education, postgraduate training, and continuing professional development in neurology and to liaise on relevant issues with appropriate British, Irish and European organisations.
Clinical Research and Academic Committee constituted to advise the Association, through Council, on all issues relating to research and academic matters.


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