SCIENTIFIC FACULTY

  • Marek Czosnyka, Cambridge

  • Marek Czosnyka Phd (Warsaw) DSc (Warsaw) in Biomedical Engineering is Reader in Brain Physics and Director of Neurosurgical Physics in Neurosurgical Unit, University of Cambridge, UK. He is also Associate Professor at Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Electronics, Warsaw, Poland. Area of research
    • Cerebrospinal Fluid dynamics (hydrocephalus, BIH, syringomyelia)
    • Cerebral Blood Flow and its regulation (head trauma, stroke, hudrocephalus, subarachnoid hemorrhage, experimental models)
    • Multi-modal bedside monitoring in neuro-intensive care (head trauma, poor grade SAH, stroke),
    • Mathematical modeling of cerebrospinal dynamics
    • Asymmetry of cerebral blood flow, its regulation and cerebrospinal dynamics

  • Robert Redfern, Swansea

  • Bob Redfern graduated from the London Hospital Medical College in 1977 and undertook early surgical training in various specialties in London, Cardiff and Liverpool. He was neurosurgical registrar in Liverpool (Walton Hospital) where he also undertook research in an animal model of Parkinsonism. He was neurosurgery senior registrar in London, at The Brook Hospital and The Maudsley Hospital. He has been a consultant neurosurgeon in Morriston Hospital (Swansea) since 1992. He has subspecialty interests in pituitary surgery and in intrathecal treatment for pain and spasticity. He was the South Wales Neurosurgery STC chairman from 2000 to 2006, and is currently a member of the Neurosurgery SAC and of the RCS Opportunities in Surgery committee.

  • James Van Dellen, London
    Professor James van Dellen is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust and the Imperial College School of Medicine, London.
    He has held senior positions in the Nelson R Mandela Medical School in South Africa and UCLA.
    He has a very long interest in the management of, and research into, syringomyelia and the Chiari variant.

  • Clare Rusbridge, UK
    Clare Rusbridge BVMS DipECVN MRCVS - European and RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
    Clare Rusbridge started her veterinary training age 16 at the University of Glasgow and graduated in 1991. She then enjoyed a year in the USA as a small animal intern at the University of Pennsylvania. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend some weeks at North Carolina Veterinary School Neurological department and it was here that she met her future mentor Dr Simon Wheeler. She then spent a year in the “real world” of general small animal practice in Cambridgeshire. In 1993 she joined the Royal Veterinary College, completing a BSAVA/Petsavers residency in Neurology under Simon Wheeler and then spent one year as a Staff Clinician in Neurology. In 1996 she was board-certified by the European College of Veterinary Neurology. Since August 1997 she has operated a neurology referral service at the Stone Lion Veterinary Referral Centre in Wimbledon gaining Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist status in 1999. She came across her first “scratching Cavalier” (Beau) in 1995 when a resident at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She vowed to the students under her instruction that she would eventually find out why Beau had neuropathic pain. It wasn’t until two years later when spinal MRI was available for animals that she determined that he had syringomyelia secondary to a Chiari-like malformation. It rapidly became apparent that this condition was not as rare as once thought and over the past 10 years Clare continued to research this disease focusing on the genetics, pathogenesis and treatment. She defends a doctoral thesis on canine Chairi-like malformation and syringomyelia at Utretch University in February 2007. Her other professional interests include epilepsy and feline neurology in particular a familial trigeminal neuralgia in Burmese cats.


  • Graham Flint, Birmingham

  • A neurosurgeon at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham UK, Graham runs the syringomyelia service established there by the late Bernard Williams. In 2005 he brought together a group of UK based neurosurgeons with an interest in syringomyelia. Graham sees Syringomyelia 2007 as the natural progression of this project, with the assembly of an international group, encompassing a variety of interested disciplines, who can discuss and share their knowledge, understanding and uncertainties about syringomyelia and its related conditions.

  • Carl Hardwidge, UK

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon at Hurstwood Park Neurosurgical Unit since 1992. Married to Alison with two children Andrew 19 and Kathryn 16.
    I became interested in the management of Chiari malformations and Syringomyelia as a senior registrar working with Bernard Williams in Birmingham and have continued that interest throughout my consultant career. In addition to clinical work I have an ongoing research project attempting to mathematical model Syringomyelia.
    I also have interests in Skull Base Surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia and Spinal cord surgery. I am a member of the Council of the Society of British neurosurgeons, Chairman of the Regional Neurosurgical training committee, and an examiner for the final Neurosurgical Fellowship. I am the current President of the British Skull Base Society and a member of the executive committee of the European Skull Base Society. In my “spare time” I sail, and have a commercial yachtmaster licence. My main love is racing and campaign my own boat, and have twice successfully skippered the winning boat in the NHS regatta. This year I am undertaking a double-handed race to the Azores.

  • Robert Battersby, Sheffield

  • Rob Battersby qualified from Guys Hospital, London, in 1973 and has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield since 1985. Prior to that Neurosurgical experience was gained in Cambridge, London and Birmingham.
    Between 1979 and 1981, whilst training in Birmingham, he was influenced by Bernard Williams' infectious enthusiasm and dedication to the care of patients with syringomyelia. He has tried to provide a similar high standard of care for patients with this most challenging disorder.
    His other interests include skull base and pituitary lesions, meningioma, cognitive outcome after aneurysm surgery and other craniocervical disorders.

  • Andrew Brodbelt, UK

  • Andrew Brodbelt is a consultant neurosurgeon at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool, UK. He became interested in syringomyelia during his training in neurosurgery in Liverpool. He spent three years in Sydney Australia investigating the pathophysiology of syringomyelia. His main interest during this time was investigating how fluid flowed into a syrinx, the effects on blood flow in the surrounding spinal cord, and the effects of treatment on this fluid flow. He was awarded a PhD for this work in 2004. He has published on these findings, as well as both clinical papers and a book chapter on the management of patients with syringomyelia. He continues to be interested in both the clinical treatment of, and the cerebrospinal fluid dynamic disorders that produce syringomyelia.

  • Shelton Nethisinghe, UK

  • Shelton is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Specialist in Pain Management at University Hospitals of Coventry & Warwickshire. He is a member of the British Pain Society and the British Medical Acupuncture Society. He has a particular interest in the treatment of neuroapthic pain. He became involved in the management of pain in 1980 and has been associated with the Ann Conroy Trust for some time. Shelton is our UK faculty member representing the interest of the international pain management fraternity, at syringomyelia 2007.

  • Tim Pigott, Liverpool

  • Tim Pigott has been a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre Liverpool since 1994. He has a particular interest in spinal surgery, especially surgery for intradural problems including hindbrain hernia and syringomyelia. He was Chairman of ATLS for the UK for 3 years and Chairman of Education for The Spine Society of Europe. Outside work he is a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club.



  • Dominic Thompson, London

  • Department of Neurosurgery - Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust
    Dominic Thompson is a paediatric neurosurgeon in the department of neurosurgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London. He trained in London at Great Ormond Street, The National hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Queen Square and The Atkinson Morleys Hospital London. Dominic has been a consultant since 1998, his particular subspecialist interests include, disorders of the paediatric craniocervical junction, spinal dysraphism and childhood moyamoya syndrome. He has presented and published on a wide range of paediatric neurosurgical topics and is a regular faculty member on international training courses in paediatric neurosurgery. The management of Chiari malformation and syringomyelia in children remain subjects of controversy, Syringomyelia 2007 will provide an exceptional opportunity to share experience and debate ongoing controversies.

  • Sid Marks, Middlesbrough

  • Sid Marks did his Senior Registrarship in Neurosurgery in Manchester and Oxford and was appointed a Consultant in 1987. The unit was originally at Middlebrough General Hospital but is now sited as are all major specialities in Teeside, at The James Cook University Hospital.
    Sid has been an examiner to the Intercollegiate Fellowship in Neurosurgery for over 10 years and sits on the Intercollegiate Examining Board. He is Chairman of the Specialist Training Committee in Neurosurgery for the North East of England. His speciality is base of skull and spinal surgery and is a Consultant Surgeon to the Golden Jubilee Regional Spinal Injuries Unit located at James Cook. His interest in Syringomyelia began in the early 1990's and looks after the cases of post traumatic syringomyelia and that associated with spinal deformity as well as the congenital varieties.

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  • Spyros Sgouros
    Dr Sgouros qualified in Medicine from the University of Athens, Greece in 1985. He trained in General Surgery and Neurosurgery in Birmingham, England. He received additional training in paediatric neurosurgery in Necker Enfant Malades, Paris (Prof. C. Sainte-Rose) and in skull base surgery in Hannover, Germany (Prof. M. Samii). He subspecialised in Paediatric Neurosurgery and since 1998 he is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, England.
    Early in his training in Birmingham his interest in syringomyelia was ignited by Bernard Williams, who showed him a post-mortem slide of a spinal cord section containing a blocked syringo-pleural shunt and a new syringomyelia cavity alongside it, and asked him to postulate on the possible pathophysiologic mechanism! He continued to maintain an interest in syringomyelia and currently he treats most of the children of the west Midlands with that condition. He has an informatics research laboratory funded by the “Bernard Williams Syringomyelia Research Fund”, conducting imaging research in hydrocephalus and syringomyelia. He is closely affiliated to Ann Conroy Trust. He has published 10 scientific papers and 1 book chapter on Chiari malformation-syringomyelia, and numerous scientific papers on hydrocephalus. Apart from Chiari and other congenital spinal malformations, his other interests include hydrocephalus-neuroendoscopy, brain tumours, craniofacial deformities and spasticity. He is member of the Executive Board of the International and European Societies for Pediatric Neurosurgery and the International Study Group for Neuroendoscopy and Associate Editor for Childs Nervous System.
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syringomyelia & associated conditions

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