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Recent Meetings

Saturday 22 September 2012

Saturday 13 March 2010 - Dr Richard Davenport talked about diagnosing ataxia and Calum Pringle updated us on his project.

Saturday 23 January 2010 - Calum Pringle told us about his research on developing an aid to help ataxians with their speech.

Saturday 14 November 2009 - Rhona Brankin MSP gave an interesting talk on equality for all in education.

Saturday 12 September 2009 - Ronnnie Browne talked about the early days of the Corries, after which we had high tea at the Laird and Dog Inn in Lasswade.

Saturday 23 May 2009 (the AGM) Susan McVickery gave a demonstration of aromatherapy.

Saturday 14 March 2009 Mary Prentice told us all about VOCAL (Voices of Carers Across Lothian)

Saturday 24 January 2009 we had our usual haggis, neeps and tatties.


Archived Reports of Meetings

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Omnibus edition of May, September and November 2008 meeting reports.

Report of meeting held on 15 November 2008 after which we had high tea at the Laird and Dog Inn in Lasswade.

Report of meeting held on 6 September 2008. Susan McVicker gave us a demonstration of aromatherapy and massage with essential oils.

Sunday 10 August 2008 - we went on a barge trip at the Falkirk Wheel, organised by the excellent Seagull Trust. Photo page to follow.

Report of AGM on 10 May 2008 plus photos. Peter Smeaton gave a talk on the importance of getting plenty of rest when you have ataxia.

Report of meeting held on 15 March 2008.

Report of meeting held on 26 January 2008 and photos.


Reports of our meetings on 22 September and 17 November 2007. Links to September and November 2007 photos.

Here is the report of our 2007 AGM on 12 May (pdf) and the Branch Accounts for the year to 31 March 2007 (pdf). We also have a page of photos from this year's AGM.

Here is a link to our 17 March 2007 meeting and we have a page of photos too, including some of our speaker, Peter Smeaton, demonstrating how he has replaced the buttons on his shirts with zips to make life easier!

Jack Blaik, Senior Social Worker with the City of Edinburgh Council talked to us on 20 January 2007 about the Direct Payments Scheme and the Independent Living Fund. There are a few photos too.

2005 & 2006

Report of 4 November 2006 meeting and photos, when Gillian Scott talked to us about Genetic Counselling & the Genetic Interest Group (GIG).

The report of our Branch Meeting on Saturday 9 September 2006 is now available as a pdf document. We also have some photos!

Tina Thatcher, the Branch Support and Development Officer from Ataxia UK, gave a talk on her work in developing and helping Branches and support groups throughout the UK and Mary Gilhooly gave a talk and a demonstration on the effectiveness of reflexology as a therapeutic treatment.

The report of the last AGM, on Saturday 6 May 2006 is available as a pdf document.

Dr Paul de Sousa talked about embryonic stem cell research on Saturday 11 March 2006; this is now available as a pdf document. There is a more technical version of Dr Paul de Sousa's talk available too (opens in a new window).

The reports of our meetings on Saturday 21 January 2006 and Saturday 12 November 2005 are also available as pdf documents, with some photos on the Branch Meetings page.

The previous report is from the meeting on Saturday 3 September 2005; you can follow the link for a pdf document of the report. Jack Blaik, a Senior Social Worker from City of Edinburgh Council gave an interesting and informative talk on the Direct Payment scheme and the Independent Living Fund.

At our AGM on Saturday 14 May 2005 Peter Smeaton from the Bradford self-help ataxia group gave an interesting and entertaining talk about the heritage village of Saltaire, Yorkshire, his former work as a vet in a small animal practice and coping with ataxia.

Report of Branch Meeting on Saturday 19 March 2005 Professor Robert Will, a clinical neurologist at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, gave a talk on the incidence of Ataxia in CJD. NB This condition is not related to FA (Friedreich's Ataxia) or CA (Cerebellar Ataxia).

Report of Branch Meeting on Saturday 22 January 2005

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Past Speakers

Dr Paul de Sousa of Edinburgh University gave an interesting talk on embryonic stem cell research at our meeting in March 2006.

Professor Adam Zeman was formerly a consultant neurologist at the Western General Hosital, Edinburgh. He is currently working as Professor of Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology at the Mardon Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre in Exeter. He gave Branch members a fascinating talk on Ataxia in September 2000. This is available as a pdf file: Adam Zeman's Talk

Professor Zeman has written a book called 'Consciouness, A User's Guide' published in 2002 by Yale University Press (New Haven and London). It's a fascinating guide to the contents and origins of consciousness, including sections on the nervous system, vision, memory and action - available at for £12.50 (from £5.22 used) or from for $12.60 (from $4.35 used). I enjoyed reading it: it's interesting and not too technical.

More reports will be added as this website develops: keep checking for changes! When there's an update, the date at the bottom of the page will change.

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This page was last updated on November 14, 2012

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