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Diabetes and Endocrinology Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 5 October 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


This year’s Diabetes and Endocrinology symposium encompasses an eclectic programme highlighting the clinical diversity seen within the specialty.

The symposium commences with clinical management updates in thyroid disease and pregnancy, hypocalcaemia, and the management of diabetes during Ramadan. We then move to a focus on balancing nutrition for optimal diabetes care (before lunch!).

The programme continues with an update on neuroendocrine disease, which has seen a significant increase in incidence and prevalence in recent years. Finally, we have a patient and multidisciplinary team based focus on the challenges associated with type 1 diabetes and exercise, followed by an update on the optimal use of continuous glucose monitoring and ‘closed loop’ systems.

The 11 short lectures are delivered by experts in their field, and the symposium has been designed such that it will be of relevance to all healthcare professionals working in the multidisciplinary team, and also trainees and medical students who are interested in a career in the specialty.

Dr Stuart Ritchie
Chair, Organising Committee


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Thursday 5 October 2017


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by Dr Tom Mackay, Vice-President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - How I manage .....

Chair: Dr Rachel Williamson, Consultant Physician, Borders General Hospital, Melrose


Thyroid disease in pregnancy
Dr Kristien Boelaert, Reader in Endocrinology & Consultant Endocrinologist, IMSR, University of  Birmingham
* subclinical thyrotoxicosis * treated hypothyroidism * Graves’ Disease


Professor Neil Gittoes, Honorary Professor of Endocrinology, University of Birmingham
* differential diagnosis * management of osteomalacia * chronic hypoparathyroidism management


Diabetes care during Ramadan
Dr Mohamed Hassanein, Consultant in Endocrinology, Dubai Hospital & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University & Chair Diabetes and Ramadan (DAR) International Alliance
* physiological effects and risks of Ramadan fasting * when to break the fast * how to achieve optimal glycaemic control



Session 2 - Balancing nutrition for optimal diabetes care

Chair: Dr Stuart Ritchie, Consultant Physician, Metabolic Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh


Chair: Dr Tom Mackay, Vice-President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
What is the optimal diet for the management of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes?
Professor Arne Astrup, Head of Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Bariatric surgery and beyond
Professor Nick Finer, Hon Clinical Professor, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science
* mechanisms of diabetes improvement following bariatric surgery * evidence of long-term health outcomes
* optimal follow-up



Session 3 - Endocrine oncology

Chair: Dr Marie Freel, Consultant Endocrinologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow


Diagnosis and management of neuroendocrine tumours
Professor Mark Strachan, Consultant Physician, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
* presentation and diagnosis * prognosis * therapeutic options


Update on the management of multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN)
Dr Paul Newey, Senior Lecturer in Endocrinology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee
* identification of patients with potential MEN syndromes * recent  advances in the  management of MEN-1 and MEN-2 *MEN-4



Session 4 - Day to day challenges in type 1 diabetes management 

Chair: Professor Rory McCrimmon, Professor of Experimental Diabetes and Metabolism, School of Medicine, University of Dundee; Lead Clinician for the Scottish Diabetes Research Network


Optimising glycaemic control during exercise:
A patient’s perspective

Dr Louise Wilkie, GP and Lecturer, St Andrews University


Physiological changes and glycaemic control
Dr Ian Gallen, Consultant Physician, Royal Berkshire FT and Community Diabetes Specialist
* effects of exercise intensity *counter-regulatory hormones *temperature and altitude


Balancing nutrition
Ms Francesca Annan, Clinical Specialist Paediatric / Adolescent Diabetes Dietician, UCLH
 * macronutrient recommendations in exercise *carbohydrate loading


Panel discussion


Subcutaneous glucose sensors and ‘closed loop’ systems
Dr Pratik Choudhary, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Diabetes, King’s College, London
* optimal use of continual glucose monitoring * evidence behind closed loop systems 

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Online booking for this event closes on Wednesday 4 October 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 Wednesday 6 September.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until 6 September 2017

from 7 September 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



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.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


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.

An induction loop system is available in the conference centre and Great Hall.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

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

Download pdf map and directions

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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