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Neurology Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 26 October 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


This year's neurology symposium begins with an exploration of the dizzy patient, a common ailment for the GP, general physician and neurologist alike. There is then a trip to the acute receiving unit for bread and butter neurology, followed by an update on emerging therapies in the fields of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.

Thereafter the symposium takes an intensive twist reviewing neuromuscular and ventilatory failure in the hospital and at home. 

Finally, we travel far afield for an update on the emerging Zika virus threat in the Americas and sleeping sickness in Africa.

Dr Jonathan O'Riordan
Chair, Organising Committee

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Thursday 26 October 2017


Registration and Coffee


by Dr Conor Maguire, Director of Education, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Neuro-otology and general neurology

Chair: Professor Musheer Hussain,  Consultant Otolaryngologist, University of Dundee


Symptoms and signs of neuro-otological disorders
Dr Diego Kaski, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London
*history *  bedside differential of central or peripheral causes *appropriate investigations


Dizziness – acute, paroxysmal, positional
Mr Patrick Spielmann, Consultant Otologist, NHS Tayside
*Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo – diagnosis and treatment *vestibular migraine *Meniere’s


Neurological red flags in the acute medical receiving unit
Dr Esther Sammler, Consultant Neurologist, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee



Session 2 - Updates on new and emerging treatment concepts in Neuro paediatrics and Parkinson’s

Chair: Dr Katy Murray, Consultant Neurologist, NHS Forth Valley


New treatments for the neuropaediatrician
Dr Katharine Forrest, Consultant, Paediatric Neurologist, Southampton Children's Hospital


Chair: Dr Conor Maguire, Director of Education, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Emerging molecular signatures in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and potential avenues for treatment
Professor Dario Alessi, Director, MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee



Session 3 - Sleep and intensive care medicine

Chair: Dr Briony Waddell, Neurology Registrar, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh


Sleep, from the South Pole to Outer Space
Dr Ian Morrison, Consultant Neurologist, NHS Tayside
*sleep* circadian rhythm* environment extremes


Common dilemmas in the neuro-intensive care setting
Professor Simon Nagel, Consultant, University of Heidelberg, Germany


Sleep studies and home ventilation service in neurological/neuromuscular patients
Dr Anthony Bateman, Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS Lothian
*motor neurone disease * Duchene’s * spinal cord injury


Coffee/ tea

Session 4 - Neurological complications of viral infections

Chair: Dr Thomas Miller, Specialist Registrar in Neurology, Royal Free Hospital/National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London


Neurological complications of Zika virus – a WHO perspective
Professor Hugh Willison, Institute of Neurological Sciences, University of Glasgow
*Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) like illness * teratogenicity


Sleeping sickness – an African experience
Professor Peter Kennedy, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow
* epidemiology * therapeutic implications






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Online booking for this event closes on Wednesday 25 October 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 27 September 2017

Registration fees


Early Bird fee until
Wed 27 September

Fee from
Thurs 28 September

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 themain historic rooms. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the 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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