Brainstorm: Detective stories from the world of neurology

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 10 May

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Picture of words drawn between neurons in the brain
    Credit: johnhain via Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons


Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

The brain is the most complex structure in the Universe, and neurologists must puzzle out life-changing diagnoses from the tiniest of clues. In this talk, Suzanne O’Sullivan will follow the trail of her patients’ symptoms: feelings of déjà vu lead us to a damaged hippocampus; spitting and fidgeting to the right temporal lobe; fear of movement to a brain tumour and a missed heartbeat to the limbic system.

About the speaker

Suzanne O'Sullivan qualified in medicine in 1991 from Trinity College Dublin. She is trained in both neurology and clinical neurophysiology. She has been a consultant since 2004 and has been at The National Hospital for Neurology and The Epilepsy Society since 2011. Her specialist interests are in epilepsy and in improving services for people who suffer with functional neurological disorders.

The event will be introduced by Mark Honigsbaum. Mark is a medical historian and journalist with wide-ranging interests encompassing health, science, technology and contemporary culture. A lecturer at City University, he is a regular contributor to The Observer and The Lancet and the author of four books, including The Fever Trail: In Search of the Cure for Malaria and Living With Enza: The Forgotten Story of Britain and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918, which was nominated for the Royal Society book of the year in 2009.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

Book signing

Copies of Suzanne's book, Brainstorm: Detective Stories from the World of Neurology, will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.

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