Conference program


The 14th EANN Quadrennial Congress of the European Association of Neuroscience Nurses

25 – 27 May 2023 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Meet our speakers

The conference contains significant international experts and keynote speakers from all over the world who will enlighten the conference theme: “Looking to the future and celebrating advancements in Neuroscience Nursing.” Furthermore, a variety of oral presentations, topical sessions, poster presentations, and workshops will be showcased, spanning the entire continuum of care in neuroscience nursing.

For information / bio about each speaker, please click their respective photo or name.

Professor Sandy Middleton RN PhD

Sandy Middleton is the Professor of Nursing, and Director of the Nursing Research Institute at St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Australian Catholic University.

She is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Leadership Fellow with an interest in stroke and implementation research. She has been successful in obtaining 105 grants totalling over $94 million.

Professor Middleton is Director of the Maridulu Budyari Gumal (Sydney Partnership for Health Education, Research and Enterprise – SPHERE) Implementation Science platform; and Director of the Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) Nursing and Midwifery Implementation Science Academy. She is co-ordinating the development and implementation of the SPHERE Nursing and Midwifery Clinician Researcher Career Pathway.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Clinical Excellence Commission; and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry.

Simeon Dale

Simeon Dale is a Clinical Research Fellow for the Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne & Australian Catholic University. She has 18 yrs clinical experience in critical care nursing specialising in Neuroscience, in three countries.

Simeon has recently completed the QASC Europe project which implemented the FeSS Protocols into 64 hospitals in 17 countries in Europe.  She has published in high impact journals including the Lancet, Stroke, Implementation Science and International Journal of Stroke. She is a member of the Acute Stroke Nursing Education Network steering committee, and a working member of the Stroke Living Guidelines in Australia

Professor Annette Hand

Prof. Doc (Health), MA, Pg Dip (CR), Dip HE, RGN
Professor of Nursing – Clinical Academic
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust/Northumbria University

Annette began her nursing career in 1991 studying at the Northumbria School of Nursing. Post qualification she worked across various settings including orthopedics, community nursing and palliative care. In 1998 she started her career in Parkinson’s and progressed to Nurse Consultant in 2004. She continued in that role for 17years, coordinating the Parkinson’s service, supporting patients and their families, and managing a team of Parkinson’s specialist nurses.

Educationally, Annette has been teaching within Higher Education since 2004. She currently teaches on several post graduate courses for the university and her interests include non-medical prescribing, Parkinson’s, clinical research, and research impact.

In 2018 Annette was appointed to a national role as Clinical Lead for Nursing with the Parkinson’s Excellence Network to support services across the UK. Annette has continued an active research role and been involved with multiple research studies at a local, national, and international level and has published multiple peer reviewed articles. In 2021 Annette was appointed to Professor of Nursing – Clinical Academic, the first post of its type in the North East of England. Annette now divides her time between clinical practice, research, and education.

Professor Neal Cook

Professor Neal Cook is a Professor of Nursing and the Interim Head of School at the School of Nursing and Paramedic Science, Ulster University. Neal is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has led the School Athena SWAN team for the School to achieving their Silver Award. Neal is also President of the European Association of Neuroscience Nurses and an Executive Board Member of the British Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

A key component of Neal’s work is in person-centred nursing, particularly in its application in both practice and education. Neal has taught anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students across a number of courses since he commenced working in higher education.

Neal has an extensive track record in teaching life support courses in Health and Social Care Trusts and in the University. He has worked in the fields of neurosciences and critical care since registering as a nurse, becoming a specialist practitioner and subsequently moving into education and research.

Neal has published clinical, research and education papers in the fields of person-centredness, education and neurosciences and remains very active in these endeavours. He remains clinically active in neurosciences and is a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (UK).