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Registration is now open for the ABN Acute Neurology Boot Camp - 8th July 2019

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Registration is now open for the ABN Acute Neurology Boot Camp - 8th July 2019

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Meetings and Events

The ABN conferences are the focal point of the association’s year.

We host two main conferences annually – a 3 day meeting in spring and a one day update session in the Autumn.

Annual meeting

Typically held in May, this 3 day conference has extended in recent years to include a 4th day - the popular pre meeting training and development day for trainees, junior doctors and non neurologists.

The main meeting attracts 700+ delegates and the location varies annually to include venues in the North, South, West and East of the United Kingdom.  Recent meetings have been held in Liverpool (2017), Brighton (2016) and Harrogate(2015).

Premeeting training and development day

The pre-meeting and development day includes sessions for foundation doctors, trainees and those interested in a research career as well as a separate session for general practitioners


The call for abstracts is made in December each year. Members who are early career researchers have the opportunity to apply for abstract bursaries provided they are the lead author of an abstract accepted for the conference. From the abstracts submitted (300+ in 2017) the ABN selects platforms and posters. All abstracts accepted for the meeting are later published in JNNP.


we have 3 x2 parallel sessions each featuring 6 platform presentations. Prizes of £200 each are awarded for top audit presentation and top platform presentation by a trainee, junior or student doctor. Additionally 6 cases submitted by Trainee and more junior doctors are selected for the case presentation competition.


Posters are on display throughout the conference. There are 2 guided poster sessions, one each on the first and second day of the conference. A prize of £200 is awarded to the top poster presentation by a trainee, junior or student doctor.

Named lectures:

The annual conference has 4 named lectures

The Gordon Holmes lecture:

Supported by the Guarantors of Brain, this lecture is typically given by an invited academic speaker of international repute. 

The Practical Neurology lecture:

Supported by Practical Neurology journal, co-published by the ABN in partnership with the BMJ, the subject matter of this lecture is designed to be of interest to neurologists but not necessarily about neurology. 

The ABN medallist lecture: 

This annual lecture is given by a senior ABN member selected by council in recognition of his/her significant contribution to national and international neurology and to the ABN. 

The President’s lecture:

This biennial lecture is given by the incoming president and typically features an insight into their career path as well as information about their academic and clinical areas of interest.



The conference includes 4-5 plenary sessions, each featuring 3 talks of approx. 30 minutes per talk. Centred on the same topic, the talks in each session will typically progress from basic science through clinical practice to relevant case studies.

Annual General Meeting:

Usually on second day of main meeting.  

Special Interest Group sessions:

The ABN has about 15 independent sub speciality Special interest groups. The ABN provides the opportunity for them to hold their own sessions during the annual meeting  (generally 3-4 different groups per session in parallel)

Industry support:

The ABN is grateful to its industry sponsors and exhibitors for their support.


The ABN hosts up to 5 sponsored symposia in parallel lunchtime sessions.


The exhibition includes representatives from industry, charities and academic institutions.

Social events:

ABNT dinner:

Organised by trainees for trainees, usually on first night of main conference.

Drinks reception:

On first evening of main meeting

Gala dinner

On 2nd evening of main meeting.

Fun Run:

Open to all, early run on 2nd day of main meeting.

ABN Autumn Meeting

A one day meeting, usually held in London, consisting of medical update lectures. Programme.

The Autumn lecture

Given annually by a senior neurologist invited by council in recognition of their significant contribution to national and international neurology.

Autumn student day

An afternoon introduction to neurology session, free to medical students.  Programme.


Registration is now open for the ABN Acute Neurology Boot Camp - 8th July 2019

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Registration is now open for the ABN Acute Neurology Boot Camp - 8th July 2019

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