UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Korsakoff's Syndrome

Medline NLM definition: A mental disorder with brain damage characterized by amnesia, compensatory confabulation, disturbance of attention, and peripheral neuritis. It is usually associated with alcoholism and dietary deficiencies.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome: information from NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (US site)

PubMed Medline search on Korsakoff's syndrome

Support Groups

Alzheimer's Disease Society
Offers information and advice to people with Alzheimer's disease and their carers. A helpline runs from 8am-6pm Mon-Fri. Information sheets, books and videos on all aspects on caring for someone with dementia are available. There is a public affairs and fundraising department. A monthly newsletter is available to members.

CANDID (Counselling and Diagnosis in Dementia)
Offers support, information, advice and education for anyone caring for younger people with dementia. Has a helpline and an excellent internet web site. The web site includes a virtual carer support group; CANDID young onset dementia resources database; CANDID e-mail list (which promotes sharing of information between carers and also information professionals); information leaflets to download; dementia resource centre; access to the Pick's disease support group; announcements and events.

Alzheimer Scotland-Action on Dementia
Aims to improve public policies for people with dementia and their carers in Scotland and to provide and secure the provision of high quality services both for people with dementia and for their carers in Scotland.

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Healthtalk: nerves and brain
Personal experiences of people living with various neurological conditions.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.