Annual Stephen Hawking MND Lecture

The Annual Stephen Hawking MND Lectures were launched 2017 – and are now and established and important part of the Association’s calendar.
The aim of the Annual Stephen Hawking MND Lecture is to bring current research in motor neurone disease to members of the multidisciplinary team and demonstrate how this might feed into their practice. Lectures are led by experts in their field and these engaging and popular events attract hundreds of health and social care professionals. The lectures are held in the evening and online to make attendance as open as possible. And we have had delegates join from across Europe.
We hope that in the future we are able to reintroduce an element of face to face opportunity (which was removed due to the pandemic) at these events.
Our thanks to the Stephen Hawking Foundation for their funding support.
We hope you will join us for this year’s event.

Communication in MND: How can we have better conversations?

The ability to connect with patients is key to all health disciplines. Where communication is significantly impaired, it presents a clear challenge for professionals and their practice. Effective communication is the exciting and important theme of the prestigious Annual Stephen Hawking MND Lecture 2022 which is being organised by the MND Association and Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

The lecture will be led by Professor Steven Bloch, (PhD, MRCSLT, SFHEA), Professor of Communication and Social Interaction in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, and University College London, Vice Dean Education, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London.

This year’s event will be live-streamed on 16 November between 6.15pm and 9pm and will explore speech change in MND and its impact for the patient and for care. Professor Bloch will outline emergent communication practice and research and how all professionals can adapt their own communication to work better with people living with MND. Although the lecture focuses on MND, much of the content will be applicable to many other conditions in which communication is impaired.

The lecture is suitable for all health and social care professionals and members of the public with an interest in MND.

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You can watch videos of previous lectures below:

2021 MND - Delivering person centred care at end of life
Dr Idris Baker, Consultant in Palliative Care, Ty Olwen Hospice, Morriston Hospital, Swansea and National Clinical Lead for palliative and end of life care in Wales.

2020 Effective MND respiratory care
Dr Rónan Astin BA Hons MRCP PhD Consultant in Respiratory and Ventilation Medicine, at University College London Hospital (UCLH).

2019 Nutrition in MND – could getting it right make a difference?
Professor Christopher McDermott, (MBChB, FRCP, PhD) Head of Department and Professor of Translational Neurology, Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN).

2018 Cognitive and behavioural symptoms in MND: defining the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Frontotemporal Dementia (ALSFTD) spectrum
Professor Eneida Mioshi, Chair of Dementia Care, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia.

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