We are pleased to announce that the Gamma Knife Centre at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery will be officially opened on the 23rd April by the Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons and Patron of Brain Tumour Research. The event will also include tours of the centre and a series of talks from eminent leaders from the field of stereotactic radiosurgery. If you are interested in attending please contact [email protected] to make a request for invitation. Spaces are limited and thus we apologise that not all requests will be able to be met.

The Rt Hon John Bercow was elected as the 157th Speaker of the House of Commons on 22nd June 2009. He has been the Member of Parliament for Buckingham since May 1997.In June 1999, he was appointed Front Bench Spokesman for Education & Employment. In July 2000, he was appointed Front Bench Spokesman for Home Affairs. In September 2001, he was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. From July 2002 to November 2002, he was Shadow Minister for Work & Pensions. From November 2003 to September 2004, he was Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.

He was alerted to the plight of brain tumours in January 2004, by a constituent and was particularly touched by the stories of children. In July 2005, John established the All Party Group on Brain Tumours to raise awareness of issues surrounding brain tumour care. He is a Patron of Brain Tumour Research, which represents the united campaign voice of the Brain Tumour Research group of charities.

The event will also include talks by Mr Neil Kitchen, Medical Director QSRC and Consultant Neurosurgeon at NHNN;  Dr Dan Leksell, VP Medical Affairs at Elekta; Mr Andras Kemeny, Director of the National Centre for Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Dr Doug Kondziolka, Vice Chair of Clinical Research and Director of Advanced Radiosurgery at New York University’s Department of Neurosurgery.

For press enquiries regarding the event please contact Pauline Richardson, Director of Operations [email protected]