South of England Neurosciences Association

SENA History

SENA was conceived and established by Dr John Rees at a meeting in Brighton in November 1984, with the aim of providing clinical neuroscience meetings twice annually in Spring and Autumn. The intention was to bring together all those working in the different clinical neuroscience disciplines in the South of England.

On 21 February 2022, SENA was granted Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) status by the Charity Commission for England & Wales [Charity No. 1198001 ⧉].

The neuroscience membership originally came from centres in the South and South East. Charing Cross Hospital joined later. The Royal London and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery joined SENA in Autumn 2020, and The Royal Free joined in Autumn 2022. SENA has occasional joint meetings with SWENA (South West England Neurosciences Association).

Membership is the Consultants, Registrars and Fellows in the neurosciences (neurology, neurosurgery, neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, neuropsychiatry, neuropsychology, neurointensive care and related disciplines and subspecialities) at all hospitals related to the major Neuroscience Centres in South of England; namely Imperial College Hospitals NHS trust, Kings College Hospital, St George's Hospital, Wessex Neurological Centre at Southampton General Hospital, Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre at Princess Royal Hospital, the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, The Royal London Hospital, and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.


2023 - date: Dr Lina Nashef
2019 - 2023: Prof Raad Shakir CBE
2013 - 2019: Dr Thomas Britton
2009 - 2013: Dr Russell Lane
2000 - 2009: Dr Michael O'Brian
1995 - 2000: Dr John Rees
1990 - 1995: Dr Pauline Monro
1985 - 1990: Dr Lee Illis
1984 - 1985: Dr John Rees


2018 - date: Dr Christopher Carswell
2009 - 2018: Dr William Gibb
1999 - 2009: Dr Paul Hughes
1995 - 1999: Dr Philip Barnes
1992 - 1995: Dr Christopher Clough
1985 - 1992: Dr John Rees


2018 - date: Dr Romi Saha
2018 - 2020: Dr Julia Aram
2012: Dr Ashwin Pinto
1995: Professor Graham Holder 
1985: Dr Simon Nurick 


Chairman Bursary Committee

1995-2007: Professor Richard Hughes