Sydney Driscoll Neuroscience Annual Lectures

As part of the academic programme for the Department of Neurosciences at Preston, the SDNF arranged for an eminent neuroscientist to deliver a lecture. The SDNF Trustees are extremely committed to continue this very popular academic event.

The very first lecture was delivered in 1992 by the late Mr Ken Tutton, who was the first Neurosurgeon appointed to Preston in 1955 and was the surgeon who successfully treated Mr Sydney Driscoll in the 1960’s.

The Millennium lecture was delivered by the late Professor Al Rhoton, USA.

Unfortunately, no lecture was held in 2020 due to the pandemic but in 2021 a lecture did take place with remote attendance via Zoom.

The following is a list of the lectures that have been delivered:


Lecture Title and content


"Rescuing the Injured Brain"

Professor Peter Hutchinson

Professor of Neurosurgery and Head of the Division of Academic Neurosurgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge


"No Annual Lecture due to the Society of British Neurological Surgeons Blackpool Conference (hosted by the Neurosurgical Unit at Preston)."


"Endovascular Frontiers for Acute Stroke"

Professor Mayank Goyal

Professor of Radiology and Clinical Neurosciences, Calgary. Held via Zoom due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.


"No Annual Lecture due to the Covid-19 Pandemic"


"A Neuroscientific perspective on Consciousness"

Baroness Susan Greenfield

Research Scientist, Oxford


"Conjoint Twins"

The Late Professor James T. Goodrich

Professor of Neurosurgical Surgery, Paediatrics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, New York, USA


"Brain Cancer - how long until biology provides new therapies?"

Professor John Darling

Professor of Neuro-Oncology, Wolverhampton


"Neurological Infections. Locally, Nationally and Internationally"

Professor Tim Solomon

Professor of Neurology, University of Liverpool


"Glasgow Coma Scale - past, present and future"

Sir Professor Graham Teasdale

President, Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow and Past President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons and retired Professor of Neurosurgery, Glasgow


"Vision Impossible"

Professor Colin Blakemore

Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy, London