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

Ms Miriam Parry

Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Consultant
Parkinson’s Foundation Centre of Excellence
King’s College Hospital NHS Trust, London    

Ms Miriam Parry is a Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Consultant at The Parkinson’s Foundation Centre of Excellence, King’s College Hospital, London.

She trained at Guy’s Hospital, London, qualified in 1992, and has many additional qualifications specific to Parkinson’s disease (PD).

The King’s team spans the field of neurosciences, including consultant neurologists led by Professor K Ray Chaudhuri, director of the of the PF centre, nursing and therapies, providing Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) approach to care for People with Parkinson’s from diagnosis, maintenance, advanced/complex and palliative stages of this condition.

Within the centre, her role is that of Clinical Coordinator, providing expert advice for e.g. inpatient wards referrals, outpatients setting, advice to GPs and other health care providers caring for people with Parkinson’s in the community. In addition, she is involved in developing and updating pathways and guidelines related to Parkinson’s disease, including medication management and proactive care of PEG/J relevant to Levodopa infusion therapy.

She is a member of the Movement Disorders research team at King’s College London and

Her research interests are the non-motor aspects of Parkinson’s disease.

She represents the PDNS at the Non-motor Parkinson disease study group (NM-PD-SG) at the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (IPMDS)

Ms Parry participates in teaching programmes both nationally and internationally including:

  • National and international platforms on infusion therapies in Parkinson’s, including Apomorphine and Duodopa. ( MDS advanced therapies course)
  • International training courses for nurses involved in the care for People with Parkinson’s disease
  • Parkinson’s UK- PDNS induction courses
  • Training of newly appointed Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialists
  • Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Association (PDNSA) annual conferences
  • King’s College London university (KCL) neuroscience module
  • London South Bank University (LSBU) neuroscience module
  • EUROPAR Academic Sessions (research sessions)
  • Neuro-pharmacists teaching and shadowing programme
  • Teaching on Parkinson’s and medication management for inpatients across the trust
  • Evening educational session with newly diagnosed People with Parkinson’s disease
  • Duodopa patients support group
  • Parkinson’s UK local patients groups
  • King’s PD nurse specialist online educational and support platform for national and international Parkinson’s Nurses


National and international standing and awards

  • Member of the Non motor Parkinson disease Study Group (NM-PD-SG) which is part of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (IPMDS)
  • Member of the nursing and allied health care professional subgroup of the NM-PD-SG
  • Member of CRISP – Community for Research Involvement and Support for People with Parkinson’s – held at King’s College Hospital
  • Chair of King’s PD nurse specialist online educational and support platform initiated in April 2020 for national and international PD nurses
  • Outstanding performance and dedication to Parkinson’s disease research in improving clinical care
  • Development of combined clinical and research Parkinson’s service in a district setting (2016) for which she received an award by Prof K Ray Chaudhuri, director of Centre of Excellence King’s College Hospital, London
  • Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist Association award 2019
  • Co-editing The book on ‘Sexual dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease’; International Review of Neurobiology, Elsevier ( publication April 2022)







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).