Robert Bentley Todd Bi-centennial Memorial Lectures

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Robert Bentley Todd Bi-centennial Memorial Lectures

Thursday 12th March
11am - 2pm (Registration from 10.30)
The Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin

in association with Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience


Photosensitivity in Epilepsy and the need for broadcast guidelines
Prof. Graham Harding, Neurosciences Institute Aston University, Birmingham

Robert Bentley Todd's contribution to neurology, neuroscience and epilepsy
Dr. EH Reynolds, Consultant Neurologist, King's College, London

Part of Brain Awareness Week March 9th - 15th 2009

With thanks to the Science Gallery

Robert Bentley Todd (1809 - 1860). Born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Todd's theories on epilepsy were truly ground-breaking, being the first man to identify the role of electricity in the condition. Despite his collaboration with the greatest electrical scientist of all time, Michael Faraday, Todd's work has often been overlooked and today, he is best remembered for lending his name to Todd's paralysis, the temporary stiffening of the limbs that may follow some seizures.

Prof. Graham Harding established the Clinical Neurophysiology Unit at Aston University in 1963, and has headed it since then. His special area of interest is photosensitive epilepsy and he has carried out the largest study of a photosensitive population in the world. He developed the Harding FPA Flash and Pattern Analyser to analyse broadcast material for harmful images and has contributed to the development of broadcast guidelines on flashing images and regular patterns in the UK.

Dr. Edward Reynolds is Consultant Neurologist and a successor of Todd's at King's College Hospital in London. He is the leading authority on the life and career of Robert Bentley Todd and has published on Todd's contribution to the development of our modern understanding of epilepsy, describing Todd as the "first outstanding neurologist and neuroscientist before these disciplines existed." Dr. Reynolds was also the driving force behind the development of the Global Campaign Against Epilepsy and is a past president of the International League Against Epilepsy.