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Oxford Cognitive Screen lecture and workshop

Tuesday 31 March 2020, 11 am – 3.15 pm

Caves Lecture Theatre
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
Kookaburra Drive
New Lambton Heights (Newcastle)

The Hunter Stroke Service, HNELHD  and NSW ACI Stroke and Rehabilitation Networks are very pleased to host a forum on the Oxford Cognitive Screen, presented by the Chief Investigator who developed the tool, A/Prof Nele Demeyere, from the University of Oxford, UK.

The Oxford Cognitive Screen (OCS) is a short and efficient cognitive screening tool that can be delivered at the bedside for people following acute stroke. The OCS is easy to administer and score and importantly is inclusive for patients with aphasia and neglect.

OCS returns a visual snapshot of a patient’s cognitive profile, in a ‘wheel of cognition’, which at a glance demonstrates the specific cognitive domain impairments in Attention, Language, Praxis, Number and Memory. https://www.ocs-test.org/

Draft program

  • Part A, 11:00–12:30, in-person @ HMRI or via webinar. Presentation and discussion for clinicians interested in cognition screening for people after stroke.
  • Lunch, 12:30–13:15
  • Part B, 13:15–15:15, in-person. Workshop/train-the-trainer for clinicians responsible for, or training those responsible for cognition screening for people after stroke.


TBA – will be approximately $20 for people attending Parts A & B in-person, to cover catering costs (and for anyone attending Part A in-person who would like to stay for lunch).


Details for registration will be distributed shortly.

Part B Workshop limited to 25 participants with priority given for NSW Health staff

Further Information

Contact Di Marsden, Hunter Stroke Service, HNELHD  
ph: 492 23380          Di.Marsden@health.nsw.gov.au

About the presenter: Associate Professor Nele Demeyere

I am the head of the Translational Neuropsychology Group, University of Oxford, UK. In my group we cover research along the translational axis in neuropsychology, from fundamental studies into the mechanisms underlying visuo-spatial neglect over lesion-function mapping studies using large cohort clinical scans to applied studies on developing clinical tools for cognitive screening and assessment.

My first undergraduate and masters degrees were in cognitive neurosciences at KULeuven (Belgium), followed by a PhD in neuropsychology at the University of Birmingham (2010) and postdoctoral positions at Birmingham and then Oxford. Subsequently, I received the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Stroke Association lectureship, and started my independent lab at the University of Oxford as a Principal Investigator in 2015. I was recently awarded the Stroke Association’s Priority Programme Award (2019) to investigate long term psychological consequences of stroke. My biggest impact work so far has around the development of the Oxford Cognitive screen (www.ocs-test.org), which is now used as the clinical standard in a large number of stroke units in the UK, with 7 translations and renorming/validation studies published in other languages.

More info on current projects in the lab: www.demeyerelab.org