It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Brian Neville, formerly Professor of Paediatric Neurology at UCL Institute of Child Health, London 1989-2004, and The Prince of Wales’s Chair of Childhood Epilepsy 2004-2007, in the early hours of 14th December 2016. He had battled ill health over a long period of time.
As the first Chair of Paediatric Neurology in the UK, he set up the first academic department of Paediatric Neurology and Neurodisability at Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health (later UCL-ICH). He wrote the training programmes for Paediatric Neurology for Europe and the UK with the integration of neurodisability and child psychiatry and also worked on the latter training programmes for neurodisability. He founded European Academy of Childhood Disability and was chairman for 12 years, and founded the European Society for movement analysis in children, chairman for 10 years. He was instrumental in establishing the British Paediatric Neurology Association, of which he over the years was a committee member, secretary and president. Above all, however, he was an extremely caring man, who always thought of the children and their families first and foremost. He will be sadly missed.
Professor J Helen Cross OBE
The Prince of Wales's Chair of Childhood Epilepsy
Deputy Head of Developmental Neurosciences Programme
UCL-Institute of Child Health
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