We have joined forces to raise awareness of neurological conditions during Brain Awareness Week (March 11 – 17) under the theme Our Brains Matter.

A press release today (March 11) highlights the need for improvements and investment to create a consistent level of care across the country. It also launches a survey to build up a clear picture of just how difficult getting the right diagnosis can be.

‘We are delighted to be part of this campaign with other members of the Neurological Alliance,’ says Paul King, Chief Executive of The Dystonia Society.

‘Brain Awareness Week is an important step in raising awareness of neurological conditions and the key issues. We urge everyone affected to complete our survey and help us expose some of the realities and challenges facing neurology services in the UK.’

Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research

Find out more about Brain Awareness Week 2013 by reading our press release, completing the Brain Awareness Week Survey or tell us about your experiences through Facebook and Twitter or email to

The European Brain Council has pledged 2014 as the Year of the Brain in Europe, now evolved with global support into The Age of the Brain.

Brain Awareness Week Events - Dead or Alive, March 13, 7 – 8.30 pm at the Dana Centre, London

This discussion event on the subject of PVS (persistent vegetative state) is being hosted by the Neurological Alliance and the British Neuroscience Association.

This is to be chaired by Dr Sophie Petit-Zeman, medical and science writer and author, and advisor/commentator on (neuro) ethical issues. Our speakers are Kate Allatt, CEO Fighting Strokes, Speaker & Author (patient experience and ethical issues), Helen Gill, a consultant on Low Awareness States at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability (therapy) and Dr Judith Allanson, Investigator for the Impaired Consciousness Research Group, Cambridge University (research). Please sign up!

Tickets can be booked by calling 020 7942 4040 or emailing

Other events being held during the week include:

  • The Migraine Trust – hosting a headache research event in Westminster
  • Cavernoma Alliance – hosting brain awareness lectures in London, Manchester and Glasgow
  • Neurosupport – hosting a Head Matters Tea Party in Liverpool
  • The Act FAST stroke awareness campaign is back on TV from March 4 – 24. As well as TV advertising, the campaign will feature on facebook and twitter.
  • The Wellcome Trust is supporting a Neuroscience Season at the Barbican Centre in March & April. The season culminates in a 3-day Festival of Neuroscience programmed in partnership with the British Neuroscience Association (BNA). The Festival takes place 7 -10 April 2013 and combines a multidisciplinary academic conference with exciting events for the public at the Barbican Centre.