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Professor Stephen Hawking confirmed as headline speaker at Headway Suffolk conference in Kesgrave

12:21 12 January 2016

Professor Stephen Hawking during the Opening Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 29, 2012.

Professor Stephen Hawking during the Opening Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 29, 2012.

World-renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking will headline the Headway conference in Kesgrave this year, it has been announced.

Professor Hawking will be the headline speaker on October 5 at Kesgrave Community Centre, and will be discussing his journey with Motor Neurone Disease at the neurological organisations’ event.

He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a form of Motor Neurone Disease, in 1963 at the age of 21, and has continued to astound medical professionals for the last 50 years with his efforts to live with the condition.

Headway helps give support to those with acquired brain injuries, strokes and neurological conditions – including ALS, with prof Hawking set to discuss the impact of the condition on his life.

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.”

The celebrated professor penned the bestselling book A Brief History of Time and was the subject of 2014 biopic The Theory of Everything.

Also guesting at the conference will be Professor 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.

To book a place at the conference, visit www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events or call 01473 712225.

Tickets are £30 for professionals and £5 for others to cover lunch. Early booking is advised.

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