About this event

  • Date and time Tue 28 Mar 2023 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

Attend the well-renowned, annual Roger Bannister Memorial Lecture to learn about recent discoveries and observations in how the brain controls the autonomic nervous system (ANS).

The ANS controls the function of multiple systems (including cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary) and research is now exploring how clinicians can harness neural circuitry to modulate autonomic activity and develop novel treatments for debilitating conditions.

Professor Alexander Green demonstrated how blood pressure, respiratory and urinary functions could be influenced using neuromodulation, which has since reinvigorated research into ANS surgery. During this event, we will explore recent landmarks in this field and how we can harness the ANS for therapy while honouring Sir Roger Bannister's legacy.

Attend this event to:

  • Learn about autonomic circuits within the brain
  • Understand how these circuits can be modulated to alter the function of different systems
  • Gain awareness of neurosurgical treatments currently in trail, including a new treatment for multiple system atrophy



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Key speakers

Professor Alexander Green

Professor Alexander Green

Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Oxford

Speaker's biography

Professor Green is a Functional Neurosurgeon, with his interests lying in Deep Brain Stimulation, Spinal Cord Stimulation (DBS), and other forms of Neuromodulation. His original research looked at the effects of DBS of the periaqueductal grey (PAG) area on blood pressure and other cardiovascular parameters. For this work, he won the Gordon Holmes prize and the International Neuromodulation Society Young Investor Award. He has expanded his research into the investigation of the effects of DBS on respiratory and bladder function, along with how Dorsal Root Ganglion stimulation can be used to alter blood pressure and heart rhythm. He is currently running trials into development of bioelectronic devices to control chronic pain, consciousness and cardiovascular disease. 


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
The Roger Bannister Lecture

Professor Alexander Green, University of Oxford

Tea and coffee break
Gordon Holmes Prize
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 27 March 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time 

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This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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