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Infectious Diseases Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Friday, 16 June 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


Infectious Disease (ID) differs from most specialties in that an error in diagnosis or management may have an adverse effect on public health in addition to the health of the individual patient. Infection can affect any body organ or system and therefore infection doctors need to be true general physicians. In common with most specialties, new diseases and innovative approaches to diagnosis and management are continuously being described. Infection doctors may work in UK or overseas and in a variety of community and hospital settings. Physicians need to work in close collaboration with colleagues in laboratory medicine and public health. The training of ID physicians and medical microbiologists/virologists is being increasingly aligned.

This symposium will examine some of the recent challenges to public and patient health arising from old and new diseases and new approaches to their pathogenesis, diagnosis and management. It will combine new information on developments in basic science with practical clinical advice. As infection can present to all clinicians in all specialties and at all grades, this symposium will be highly appropriate for medical students, general practitioners, general physicians of all grades and stages of training and all grades and category of infection doctors, be they ID physicians, medical microbiologists/virologists or public health doctors.


Dr Alastair Miller
Chair, Organising Committee


Membership of Organising Committee
Dr David Bell
Dr Nick Kennedy
Dr Sarah Pett
Dr Andrew Seaton
Dr Emma Thomson
Dr Lance Turle
Professor Hisham Ziglam


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Friday 16 June 2017


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Neurological infection

Chair: Dr Alastair Miller, Deputy Medical Director, Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB)


Acute bacterial meningitis…what do the new guidelines tell us?
Dr Fiona McGill, Clinical Research Fellow, Liverpool Brain Infections Group
* review of new British Infection Association guidelines * implications for practice and treatment * contraindications to lumbar puncture


Central nervous system (CNS) viral infections in the immune competent patient
Dr Nicholas Davies, Consultant Neurologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
* management of Herpes Simplex encephalitis * approach to varicella-zoster (VZV) meningitis * arbovirus meningo encephalitis


CNS infection in the immune compromised patient
Professor Pierre Tattevin, University Hospital, Rennes, France
* in HIV and non HIV setting * toxoplasma * tuberculous meningitis (TBM) * HIV meningoencephalitis * progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)


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Session 2 - International health

Chair: Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


Dr John Hughes Bennett Lecture
Zika Virus

Dr Susan Hills, Medical Epidemiologist, Arboviral  Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA


Clinical aspects of migrant health
Professor Melanie Newport, Professor of Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Brighton & Sussex Medical School
* focus on infections seen in migrants * tuberculosis, HIV, malaria and especially their complications and presentation amongst migrants in a UK setting



Session 3 - What is new in viral hepatitis?

Chair: Dr Sarah Pett, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University College London


Hepatitis C - overcoming barriers on the road to eradication
Dr Emma Thomson, Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow
* drug costs and availability - local and global disparities * hepatitis C (HCV) genetic diversity and resistance * vaccine development


Update on hepatitis E
Dr Harry Dalton, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
* clinical and epidemiological aspects * problems in immune compromised



Session 4 - Expert management of complex cases

Chair: Dr Andrew Seaton, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow


Bone and joint infection
Dr Bridget Atkins, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Oxford University
* role of molecular diagnostics * evidence based approach to patient management * role of the multi-disciplinary team


Multi drug resistant gram negative (MDRGN) bacteria...doing the right thing
Dr Mark Gilchrist, Consultant Pharmacist, Imperial College, London
* choosing and using the right agent(s) in MDRGB infection (including role of colistin and new agents) * optimizing pharmacodynamic/ pharmacokinetics to achieve good outcomes * role of antimicrobial stewardship in reducing risk of MDRGN infection


How do I manage multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDRTB)?
Dr Derek Sloan, Senior Lecturer & Consultant in Infectious Diseases, University of St Andrews
* clinical management of MDRTB including multi-disciplinary team approach * new drugs and infection control issues


Closing remarks



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Online booking for this event closes on Thursday 15 June 2017 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Thursday 18 May 2017

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until Thursday 18 May 2017

from Friday 19 May 2017

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student (refundable deposit)



Medical student – deposit refunded to those who attend the event.

Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

Free places

Unpaid post – if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please email g.mcalister@rcpe.ac.uk to join as an Associate Member, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.

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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

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Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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