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Queen Square Symposium

3 April 2006

UCL's Institute of Neurology hosted the seventh annual Queen Square Student Symposium on 14 March 2006.

Queen Square symposium

Coinciding with Brain Awareness Week, the symposium consisted of a poster competition and guest lecture by Baroness Susan Greenfield.

Organised mainly by students, the symposium grows in popularity each year, and this year saw an unprecedented 61 entries in the poster competition, open to all postgraduate students based at the Institute of Neurology.

Entries were judged by a panel of UCL academics from the institute, who were highly impressed by the exceptional standard of posters.

The first prize was received by PhD student David Williams (Molecular Neuroscience) for his poster 'Patterns of tau pathology correlate with clinical features in progressive supranuclear palsy.'

Joint second-prizes were awarded to BSc student Nazia Karsan (Headache, Brain Injury and Rehabilitation) and PhD student Adamantios Mamais (Molecular Neuroscience).

Recipients of the highly commended honour were Martin Tisdall (Headache, Brain Injury and Rehabilitation), Hanneke Den Ouden (Wellcome Department of Medical Imaging), Anoushka de Almeida (Sobell Department for Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders) and Joanna Riddoch-Contreras (Sobell Department for Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders).

After the judging, Baroness Greenfield, Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, and Professor of Pharmacology at The University of Oxford, gave a lively and inspirational lecture entitled 'What hope in the future for combating neurodegeneration?'

Retiring Assistant Secretary for Students, Mrs Janet Townsend, was thanked for all the invaluable help she has given in organising the Queen Square Symposium over the years and was presented with a bouquet the students of the symposium organising committee.

Image: Baroness Greenfield congratulates poster competition winner David Williams