Stephen Hawking to speak at Headway Suffolk’s neuro conference

Professor Stephen William Hawking (photo by Jason Bye)
Professor Stephen William Hawking (photo by Jason Bye)
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World-renowned professor and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking will be guest speaker at neurology charity Headway Suffolk’s neuro conference in October.

Professor Hawking is author of the international bestseller A Brief History of Time, which has sold more than 10 million copies, and subject of the Oscar-winning 2014 biographical film The Theory of Everything, which also won Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, including Best British Film.

He has defied medics for more than 50 years, since contracting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, at the age of 21, a condition that Headway provides supports for, along with any form of acquired brain injury, stroke or neurological condition.

The scientist held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge from 1979 to 2009, a position originally held by Isaac Newton. He also has 12 honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982.

Helen Fairweather, Chief Executive of Headway Suffolk, said: “In my opinion, Professor Stephen Hawking is the most intelligent man to walk the planet. It is an unimaginable honour to have him speak at Headway Suffolk’s conference.

“Just to be in the same room as him will be amazing. He will be an inspiration to other people, especially those with a neurological condition.”

Despite being wheelchair-bound and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication, Prof Hawking, 74, continues to combine a busy family life, research into theoretical physics and an extensive programme of travel and public lectures.

Headway Suffolk’s neuro conference will take place at Kesgrave Conference Centre, Kesgrave, on October 5.

Other guest speakers include Prof John Pickard, Director of the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital; Dr Trevor

Powell, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and author of multiple Head Injury publications, and Dr Muhibbur Rahman Chowdry, Stroke Consultant at Ipswich Hospital.

Early booking is advised. Go to www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events or call 01473 712225.

There is fee of £30 for professionals to attend and £5 for others to cover lunch.

Headway Suffolk supports 250 people a week who have an acquired brain injury or neurological condition with rehabilitation and therapy at its hubs, in the community and at home.