Brain research centre webinar speakers

Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre webinar

Friday 30 April 2021, 1-4pm

The Geoffrey Jefferson Brain Research Centre will bring together some of the world’s leading scientists in brain tumours, stroke and dementia, alongside experts in brain inflammation, imaging and rehabilitation. It will accelerate ground-breaking innovation, develop new treatments and translate research into healthcare benefit for the more than 16 million people in the UK affected by neurological conditions.

You can hear more about this partnership between the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, The University of Manchester and Manchester Cancer Research Centre at on online showcase of some of its work on Friday 30 April, 1-4pm.

Raj Jain, Group Chief Executive at the NCA, and Dame Nancy Rothwell, President of the University of Manchester, will welcome the new centre, which is directed by Professor Stuart Allan and Professor Andrew King. It is named after Professor Sir Geoffrey Jefferson FRS, the UK’s first Professor of Neurosurgery at The University of Manchester who worked at both Salford Royal and Manchester Royal Infirmary in the 1920s and 1930s.

Speakers are:

  • Daniel Lewis – Insights into the vestibular schwannoma microenvironment: A patient journey
  • Chris Hoyle – Can we target inflammation in vestibular schwannoma?
  • Saam Youshani – Exploring neuroinflammation and immunology in gliomas: Translating benchwork to bedside
  • Mike Haley – Using Hyperion imaging to understand the tumour microenvironment of brain tumours
  • Kaye Williams – Supporting neuro-oncology research through preclinical studies
  • Gerben Borst – Multidisciplinary research to improve the treatment outcome in patients with glioblastoma
  • Audrey Bowen – Involvement and engagement in neuroscience research: recent successes and exciting new plans
  • Laura Parkes – Innovation in MRI: Developing the next generation of MRI measurements
  • Stavros Stivaros – Translating imaging innovation into clinical practice: Arterial spin labelling to predict and prevent stroke in children
  • Shruti Garg – Imaging innovation in clinical research: The role of GABAergic activity in Neurofibromatosis 1
  • Anna Woollams – Imaging innovation in clinical research: Predicting spontaneous and intervention-induced recovery after stroke
  • Kieron South – Peripheral VWF response to localised infection drives the exacerbation of experimental stroke in mice
  • Paul Kasher – Screening for repurposable drugs in a zebrafish model of intracerebral haemorrhage’
  • Katie Newman – Genetically engineering iPSCs to produce a novel in vitro model of cerebral small vessel disease
  • Mehwish Younas – Immunophenotyping the peripheral blood compartment after acute ischemic stroke
  • Ulrike Hammerbeck – Knowledge of motor recovery mechanisms to target therapeutic interventions
  • Emma Patchwood – Living with neuropsychological problems after brain injury and opportunities for cross-cutting collaboration

Please register to attend the webinar.