The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust's (BIRT) research team are keen to keep up with recent scientific meetings and events. Earlier in the year, Dr Brian O’Neill, our consultant from Graham Anderson House in Glasgow was invited to be the keynote speaker at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Neuropsychology’s Annual Networking Event. Ashleigh Madigan, the Assistant Psychologist working on clinical evaluation and research, also attended the exciting day and has shared some highlights:

“The meeting focussed on 'Learning from each other' and this was apparent in the span of attendees from, comprising of academics to clinicians, and from those just starting their careers to world-renowned Professors. The day started off with Brian’s keynote talk on ‘Technological innovations in neurorehabilitation: a lifespan perspective’. He discussed the use of assistive technology to improve functional outcome for those with acquired brain injury (ABI). Different types of technology were highlighted and the audience were very interested in their application for neurorehabilitation and for the wider field of neuropsychology. Brian discussed some of the great work that has been conducted at Graham Anderson House using biofeedback and prompting technologies.

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"Another highlight of the day included the 5-minute data-blitz session where 14 different speakers reported their initial findings on a variety of topics and research. Presenters from the Oxford NHS Trust discussed the preliminary results of their study into being a parent following ABI. They found that 1/6 of the people with ABI supported in their service had a dependant under 18 years old. The speakers went on to debate whether and how it would be possible, to have a gold standard assessment of ‘parenting capacity’, in order to support individuals to engage with and look after their children after ABI.

"The entire day was filled with great insights from neuropsychologists working around the country, and I look forward to hopefully attending more of these events!”

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