7TH Global Symposium On Medical Ketogenic Dietary Therapies

We are pleased to inform you that the 7th Global Symposium on MEDICAL KETOGENIC DIETARY THERAPIES will be held in Brighton, UK October 19th-23rd 2021.

Bringing together practitioners and researchers from all over the globe this symposium aims to contribute to improving the lives of people with neurological disorders through scientific and clinical exchange under the theme of ‘Collaborative Science and Clinical Care’.

The scientific programme will bring together sessions from basic science to clinical translation, including mechanisms of action as well as new ways of implementation. There will also be sessions dedicated to different conditions as well as different clinical groups along with sessions for posters, oral presentations and many opportunities for networking.

To view the full programme, please click here.

Let’s Talk Cannabis and Keto Tuesday 20th November

Featuring Matthew’s Friends Dietitian Susan Wood.

Book tickets here.

For information about the upcoming Complex Epilepsy Study Day on the 23rd November 2018, please click here.

For information about another upcoming Complex Epilepsy Study Day on the 28th November 2018, please click here.

There is also a live interactive webinar on the Management of Complex Epilepsy in Adults taking place on the 6th December 2018. For more information, please click here.

Keto Family Day, The National Marine Aquarium. Plymouth – Saturday 3rd November 2018 – CANCELLED

This event has unfortunately been cancelled.

Nutricia and Bristol Children’s Hospital are holding a fun day for children following a ketogenic diet.

Date: Saturday 3rd November

Time: 10:30 – 12:00 for the coffee morning; entry into the aquarium from 12:00

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Please Note: This event is intended for patients who manage intractable or drug resistant epilepsy with a ketogenic diet, and their parents/carers.

Hadrian’s Wall Trek 7th – 8th July 2018

Step back in time on this epic charity challenge!

This most ancient of charity treks takes us from Lanercost Priory to Brocolitia, encompassing some of the most visited and fascinating ruins.

Hadrian’s Wall was built in AD122 on the orders of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, and stretched from the East to West

coasts of Britain, from Bowness on Solway in the West to Wallsend in the East. It is the most remarkable Roman monument in the country and quite unique throughout the former Empire. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site which cuts through Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall attracts trekkers from all over as it offers great challenging walks, filled with a stunning backdrop and history. It’s a perfect location for a UK charity challenge!

When will you plan your invasion? An amazing experience with fantastic support awaits – everything from our tented village to exceptional guides and glorious food! Join our team and ‘step back in time’.

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Ketogenic Cookery Workshop – Saturday 21st July 2018

Join us for a hands-on ketogenic cookery workshop led by our specialist ketogenic chef

Taking place at:

  • The Food Tech Room
  • The King’s School
  • Cadhay Lane
  • Ottery St. Mary
  • Devon
  • EX11 1RA

To reserve your place and to inform us of any special dietary requirements please contact;

Email: katey.benham@nutricia.com


Phone: 07908 438966 (Katey)

Latest KetoCollege & Glut1 Deficiency Conference News

Click on the link below for all the latest news relating to the annual KetoCollege taking place between the 19th – 21st June 2018 and also the 2nd Annual European Conference on Glut1 Deficiency which is scheduled to take place between the 22nd – 23rd June 2018.

There is also important information regarding available bursaries for both highly anticipated events.

Latest KetoCollege & Glut1 Deficiency Conference News

Purple Day Quiz Night – Monday 26th March at 7.00pm

March 26th is ‘International Purple Day’ for epilepsy awareness and there are a number of quizzes taking place to help raise funds and awareness for this great cause.

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Matthew’s Friends were actually the first UK partners of Purple Day, there’s more here about the campaign http://www.purpleday.org/index.html

Complex Epilepsy Study Day – Friday 13th April 2018

A study day arranged for Paediatricians, Neurologists, Specialist Nurses and Paediatric Dietitians looking to learn more about complex epilepsy and how it can be effectively managed…

Location: Holiday Inn, 25 Aytoun Street, Manchester M1 3AE

Time: 9:00am – 4:45pm

Chaired by: Dr Archana Desurkar – Paediatric Neurologist, Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Guest speakers to include: Dr Elaine Hughes – Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Evelina Children’s Hospital and Kings College Hospital, London Dr Richard Appleton – Retired Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, Alder Hey, Liverpool Dr Andrea Whitney – Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, University Hospital Southampton

For more information, please click here.

Family Day at Sea Life London Aquarium

Nutricia and Matthews Friends are calling all children on a Ketogenic diet for a fun day out at Sea Life London Aquarium

Date: 26th July 2017
Time: 10:30 – 12:00 for the coffee morning;
Entry into the aquarium from 12:00

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KetoCollege 2017

June 27th – 29th 2017

An advanced CPD 3-day course for new and refresher Ketogenic Therapy learning and networking.

KetoCollege offers both scientific background and practical training in all aspects of implementation of the different ketogenic therapies. Led by recognised ketogenic diet experts, it will include presentations, workshops and time for networking and group discussions. Registrations are welcome from allied medical health care professionals currently working with or looking to expand their knowledge of Ketogenic Dietary Therapies.

Please click here for more information.

Study Day Invitation

Wednesday 14th June 2017

A study day arranged for Paediatricians, Neurologists, Specialist Nurses and Paediatric Dietitians looking to learn more about complex epilepsy and how it can be effectively managed…

Location: Crowne Plaza NEC, Birmingham B40 1PS

Date: Wednesday 14th June 2017

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Chaired by Dr Shakti Agrawal

Nutricia KetoConference

27th April 2017

3rd KetoConference on the ketogenic diet in the management of refractory epilepsy and other neurological disorders.

The conference is aimed at healthcare professionals with experience working with ketogenic diets.

More details coming soon.

Rainbow Ball Tickets

Matthew’s Friends Rainbow Ball

30th September 2017 at  Lingfield Park Racecourse

Price: £65 per person

Includes welcome drink and 3 course dinner.

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Live Life Well – Ketogenic Cookery Demonstration

Monday 28th November 2016

6pm – 9pm

Join Vitaflo and Chef Neil for your chance to create a selection of keto-friendly recipes.

After the cookery session you can eat in the dining area and swap cooking tips with other families.

There will also be a chance to find out more about Vitaflo and their ketogenic products used in the cookery demo.

Venue Information

Bordeaux Quay Cookery School, V-Shed, Canon’s Way, Bristol, BS1 5UH

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Glut1 Family Christmas Party – Saturday 26th November 2016

Midday – 11pm

Nutricia Metabolics and Matthew’s Friends would like to invite you to join us for a Family Christmas Party

The day is being organised for individuals with Glucose transporter type 1 (GLUT1) deficiency syndrome

Thanks to sponsorship from Nutricia Metabolics and support from Matthew’s Friends, this event is free to attend for individuals with GLUT 1 and their family members, including overnight accommodation on Saturday 26th November and assistance towards travel costs*.

The day will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in GLUT1 deficiency syndrome in addition to meeting and socialising with other families affected by the condition.

Venue Information

Jurys Inn Hinckley Island, Watling Street, Hinckley, Leicester, LE10 3JA

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Ketogenic Diet Cookery Event – Saturday 12th November 2016

10am – 1pm

Are you the parent or carer of a child on the ketogenic diet?*

If so, come and join Chef Neil and the Vitaflo team for some fun and education in the kitchen!

Create and taste a selection of easy to prepare ketogenic diet dishes and swap cooking tips with others.

*please note this is an adults only event.

Venue Information

Central Street Cookery School, St. Luke’s Community Centre, 90 Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ

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Nutricia Keto Study Day – Friday 11th November 2016

nutriciaStudy day for HCP’s working with adults on the ketogenic diet

The following subjects will be discussed:

  • Evidence for the ketogenic diet in adults
  • Practicalities of managing adults on the ketogenic diet
  • Case study
  • Future for ketogenic diets in adults

Featuring guest speaker Ms. Bobbie Henry, RD, LDN, Senior Research Nutritionist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA.

Venue Information

Hampton Manor, Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton in Arden, Solihull, Birmingham. B92 0DQ.

Set in 45 wooded acres, this sophisticated, 19th-century country manor hotel is 2.7 miles from Birmingham Airport and 3.8 miles

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Glut1 Milan meeting for families and professionals 7-8th October 2016

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To book please visit http://www.biomedia.net/Glut2016

This is the hotel conference venue  http://www.atahotels.it/en/expo-fiera

Hotel accommodation can be reserved at reduced rates through Biomedia Travel

All requests for accommodation information or reservation should be addressed to:biomediatravel@biomedia.net

The hotel venue is approximately 40 mins from both Milan Linate and Malpensa airports.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ketogenic Chat

keto-chatKetogenic Chat is an opportunity for parents/carers to come together locally and meet other families in the same situation as themselves. If you are on a Ketogenic Diet, ask your dietitian to request Ketogenic Chat funding from us and arrange a date, time and venue for a meeting for you.

Matthew’s Friends will supply the invitations (see our sample here) and funding for a venue (if required) and refreshments.  Where possible, a member of the Matthew’s Friends team will attend with our free Ketogenic resources and information.

We look forward to seeing you at your next Ketogenic Chat meeting!

Global Symposium 2016

Global SymposiumThe fifth biennial Global Symposium will be held in Banff, Canada, September 20-24th 2016. Previously these informative and innovative meetings have been hosted by Matthew’s Friends in 2014 Liverpool/2010 Edinburgh and the Charlie Foundation in 2008 Phoenix/2012 Chicago.

Our Friends at the Charlie Foundation once again take the helm for this exciting event…visit their Ketoconnect website here for the full programme and booking information.

The Matthew’s Friends Team look forward to seeing you there!

Nutricia Events

2016 Dates For The Diary

We have several dates for the diary between now and the end of the year:

  • Ketogenic Study Day (Solihull) 11th November
  • Ketogenic Study Evening (Bristol) 15th November
  • Glut 1 Family Christmas Party (Hinckley) 26th November
  • Ketogenic Study Evening (Dublin) 1st December

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Neurology Study Evening 2016

Croke Park Hotel, Dublin, 1st December 2016 @ 6pm

This evening has been arranged for Neurologists, Paediatricians and other healthcare professionals looking to enhance their knowledge of the use of the ketogenic therapy to improve outcomes for intractable epilepsy.

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Nutricia Ketoconference 2016

2016Ketoconference is an annual Ketogenic educational event for healthcare professionals with an interest in the Ketogenic diet.  The 2nd ketoconference will take place on the 21st April 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians, London.

The scientific conference is free to attend for registered healthcare professionals based in the UK and Ireland.

Nutricia Ketogenic cookery workshops 2016

BarcelonaOngoing Ketogenic cookery workshops are held throughout the year for families to gain first-hand experience in cooking Ketogenic meals.  The cookery events take place in various locations so please check back regularly for details of new events.

Nutricia Ketogenic study Evenings 2015

A number of Ketogenic study evenings have been organised across various locations in the UK and Ireland for Neurologists and Paediatricians looking to learn more about Ketogenic diets.  The study evenings are free to attend and a great way to earn extra CPD points.  Further study evenings will take place in 2016 so please check back for more dates.