The remit of the Nervous System Disorders Specialty Group is to support a national portfolio of structured research studies in the field of nervous system disorders.One of the main purposes of the Specialty Group is to ensure that clinical research studies of nervous system disorders deliver to target by developing and supporting a research infrastructure within the specialty which promotes engagement of the nervous system disorders community and provides the local support necessary to undertake high quality research studies within the NHS.
The remit of the Nervous System Disorders Specialty Group covers Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Headache, Neuro-muscular disease and Neurological infections (encephalitis), as well as the normal development of the nervous system.In general, studies in meningitis will be led by the Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Specialty Group.
Specialty Group Lead: Professor Ray Chaudhuri
Professor K Ray Chaudhuri is Consultant Neurologist and Professor in Neurology/Movement Disorders at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is a recognized teacher and active researcher within the Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine, London and is the Medical Director of the National Parkinson Foundation International Centre of Excellence at Kings College, London. He also serves as chairman of the International PD non motor group, chairman of the appointments committee of the Movement Disorders Society, member of the WFN organisational committee, the task force of practice parameter group for PD and RLS and more recently Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s, American Academy Neurology, and also has various committee positions for the Department of Health and Editorial Board of Journals. He also serves in the national committee for nervous systems disorders at NIHR.
Professor Chaudhuri is the author of 200 papers including reviews, book chapters, co-editor of four books on Parkinson’s disease and Restless Legs Syndrome and over 150 published peer reviewed abstracts. He has contributed extensively to educational radio and television interviews including BBC and CNN, newspaper articles and videos. He has also lectured extensively on PD and restless legs syndrome at international meetings in USA, Japan, continental Europe, South America, South Africa, India and Australia. His major research interests are continuous drug delivery treatment of PD and restless legs syndrome, Parkisnonism in minority ethnic groups and sleep problems in PD. In 2005 he was awarded the DSc degree by the University of London and received his personal Chair in neurology in 2007.
The UK Epilepsy Research Network (UKERN) The UK Epilepsy Research Network was established in 2009 by epilepsy researchers across the UK.
The main aims of UKERN are:
- To improve care of people with epilepsy in the UK
- To improve the coordination of epilepsy research in the UK
- To maintain and enhance the quality of epilepsy research in the UK
- To facilitate collaboration between epilepsy research centres, particularly in large scale studies
- To widen participation in epilepsy research in the UK
If you would like further information on the UKERN visit the website: http://www.ukern.co.uk/
Dementias & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network
The Dementias & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) is part of the NIHR Clinical Research Network, funded by the Department of Health in England as part of the National Institute for Health Research. NIHR DeNDRoN supports the development and delivery of clinical research in the NHS in the dementias, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
If you would like further information on the DeNDRoN visit the website: http://www.dendron.org.uk/index.html
National Nervous System Disorders Specialty Group
Visit the group web page for further information at: http://www.crncc.nihr.ac.uk/about_us/ccrn/specialty/nsd