Past Events 2022

EKF ACM 16th March 2022

Several of our members, including our President and Treasurer attended this annual event at the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone. Our delegate Biddy Fraser not only voted on Castle Green’s behalf, but took notes to give her report at the April Monthly meeting.

In the morning when the business part of the meeting was conducted, with annual reports and the financial statements. Next we heard a very interesting presentation on the work being planned and conducted at the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy at the University of Kent in Canterbury. We learnt that conventional drug therapies have limited effects and non-drug therapies are in high demand, but are not always available. The planned Centre will provide various therapies, social and otherwise, give advice and information, neuro – stimulation, education, volunteering opportunities, training and research studies. They still have £500,000 left to raise to get the centre up and running for the first 2 years.

One of their researchers gave us an over view of her work. She is looking at the effects of vestibular stimulation on individuals with Parkinson’s. This stimulation has been seen to relieve symptoms for six months even after stopping the treatment. The research being carried out is looking at how this treatment produces these effects.

After a break for lunch and a chance to look around the display stalls it was announced Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been released. Everyone in the hall applauded. Quite something to hear! A very moving moment.

After that, Helen Sharman gave a marvellous talk about her flight into space. She is a superb speaker and was well worth listening to.