Sutcliffe Kerr lecture welcomes leading light in Neurodegeneration

The Walton Centre welcomed eminent Professor Julie Williams CBE this week, to deliver the key lecture at the annual Sutcliffe Kerr lecture.

Professor Williams ended a day of thought-provoking talks on a range of neuroscientific subjects, which was organised by the Liverpool Neuroscience Group (LNG).

Each year the specialist Trust holds the lecture, which commemorates Alan Sutcliffe Kerr, a leading neurosurgeon who played a major role in founding The Walton Centre.

Rhys Davies, a Consultant Neurologist at the Trust, is a member of the LNG committee. He said: “It was a fantastic day, lots of interesting subjects covering a range of research topics, such as Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease.

“I was thrilled also to welcome Professor Williams to the day. Her talk on Neurodegeneration was fascinating and really gave an insight into the innovations that are being developed for Alzheimer’s disease.”

The LNG aims to bring together researchers and clinicians from all disciplines related to the nervous system and foster collaboration between universities and clinical settings in Liverpool and further afield.

Professor Williams is a leading figure in Alzheimer’s disease research and is also the Head of Neurodegeneration at Cardiff University. She said: “It was an honour to deliver the key note speech at this year’s Sutcliffe Kerr lecture. The Walton Centre is an amazing place, fizzing with research and innovation and it was great to speak to the clinicians involved.” 

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Pictured, from left: Walton Centre Consultant Rhys Davies, Professor Julie Williams CBE and Walton Centre Consultant Charlotte Dougan.

Notes to editors

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The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust is the only hospital trust in the UK specialising in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services. Although the majority of patients come from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire and the Isle of Man, for some specialist treatments of complex disorders we see patients from all parts of the country, referred by their GPs or other neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain clinicians.

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