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2018 Smile4Wessex Gala...

2018 Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner Date
We're pleased to announce that the 2018 Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner will take place at the Hilton Ageas Bowl on Saturday 13th October. 'Early Bird' ticket deals are available until 30th June. Please click HERE for full details.
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Charity Golf Day at Remedy...

Charity Golf Day at Remedy Oak GC
We're delighted to announce that we are again returning to Remedy Oak Golf Club, a firm favourite among our golfing friends, for what will be our 5th charity golf day at this truly magnificent course. Our host, Bruce Woollard,...
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Smile4Wessex Neuro Open...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open Day
Please join us for our Smile4Wessex Neuro Open Day on Saturday 2nd June.   We are excited to give you the opportunity to see many of the projects that Smile4Wessex has been able to fund, thanks to your generous support...
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Rob's Family Fundraiser

Rob's Family Fundraiser
Rob Langman is no stranger to taking on a challenge for Smile4Wessex and had no hesitation in also volunteering his brother-in-law Dave, and nephew DJ, to join him in this years FebBrainairy. They were ably assisted by his two children,...
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Kiri's Close Shave for Epilepsy

Kiri's Close Shave for Epilepsy
Having recently undergone surgery for Epilepsy, Kiri MacDonald-Jones bravely agreed to lose her locks for FebBrainairy 2018. Supporting Kiri was her husband Darryl, good friend Helen Webster, who is also a dedicated supporter...
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SPA / Daily Echo Property...

SPA / Daily Echo Property Ball
Huge thanks to all at the Daily Echo / Southampton Property Association for choosing Smile4Wessex to benefit from their annual Charity Ball. It was a great evening and, as the pic below shows, a tremendous amount was raised...
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Linda's Life Turns Full...

Linda's Life Turns Full (Epileptic) Circle!
When Linda Littlechild, then 38, was first diagnosed with Epilepsy it was not only a daunting time for her, but the whole Littlechild family. It was also the beginning of a difficult and sometimes frightening journey, but one which...
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'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  
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Brain Pulse Project

Non-Invasive Measurement of Cerebral Fluid Pressure

Dr Tony Birch and Dr Bob Marchbank, from the Medical Physics Department Research Lab at Southampton General Hospital, coined the phrase ‘brain pulse’ to describe the pulsation of fluid pressure in the head which in most normal people is quite low, however when this rises it can lead to, or be indicative of problems. Normally it's pretty hard to measure this without surgery so a ‘non-invasive’ measurement technique would be tremendously helpful and provide clinicians with a way to use this information to guide treatment in a variety of conditions. Tony and Bob came upon the idea of listening in on the brain pulse by measuring very accurately the displacement of the tympanic membrane in the ear. 

Impressed by their application and by the potentially huge benefits to be gained if their theories could be proven, Trustees of Smile4Wessex awarded a relatively modest grant to Dr Birch and Dr Marchbanks to 'kick-start' their research and to fund trials with volunteers from three specific patient groups.

Though the project is running behind its original schedule, this is largely due to the interest their work has attracted and the subsequent expansion of the project. Their initial work, made possible in no small degree due to the grant from Smile4Wessex, has now attracted a further grant of over £340,000 from the government's Technology Strategy Board. This is a huge boost to the project and here at Smile4Wessex we're delighted that our support has played, and will continue to play, a part in the Brain Pulse Project.

The latest report on progress of the project (dated August 2017) can be read in full by clicking HERE