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Parkinson's Disease 200: Back to the Future Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 21 September 2017 - Friday, 22 September 2017


Queen Mother Conference Centre
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


A celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of James Parkinson’s
“Essay on the Shaking Palsy”

James Parkinson’s “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy” was published in 1817 and described the condition that would eventually bear his name. Approximately 127,000 people in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s disease (PD).

This two-day symposium will cover the management of motor and non-motor complications of PD, updates on the latest scientific developments and the important role of multidisciplinary teams in caring for people with PD.

The care of people with Parkinson’s disease depends on close collaboration between doctors, specialist nurses, allied health professionals and scientists. There will be sections of the symposium dealing with clinical conundrums, how to manage common problems in Parkinson’s disease, a scientific showcase, a Parkinson’s Nurse & AHP masterclass and current and future therapies for Parkinson’s disease. We hope that this symposium will appeal to a wide range of health professionals.

Attendees will gain knowledge on how to manage the care of people with Parkinson’s disease throughout the illness and reflect how this might affect their own practice. The symposium will be informative and we have included time for debate and discussion.

Investigators are invited to submit abstracts for the scientific poster session at this symposium on Thursday 21 September 2017.  We would welcome abstracts from researchers from any scientific discipline relevant to Parkinson’s disease, e.g. clinical, pathology, basic science, epidemiology, psychology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

The Scientific Advisory Board will select four abstracts with the most interest and relevance to the symposium themes for oral presentation.  The main author of each selected abstract will be invited to give a 15-minute talk and there will be a prize awarded for the best presentation.

Abstracts submissions are now closed


Dr Conor Maguire
Co-Chair Organising Committee

Dr Gordon Duncan
Co-Chair Organising Committee


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Day 1 - Thursday 21 September 2017


Registration and Coffee


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

Session 1 - Parkinson's disease: the first 200 years

Chair: Dr Martyn Bracewell, Senior Lecturer, University of Wales


"What would James Parkinson think about the modern diagnosis and treatment of paralysis agitans?"
Professor Andrew Lees, National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London
*James Parkinson, his observations and the publication of the "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy" *how would he regard how we diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease today?


The evolving differential diagnosis of Parkinson's disease
Professor Tim Lynch, Professor of Neurology, Mater Hospital Dublin & University College Dublin
*how accurate is our clinical diagnosis? *identifying other causes of parkinsonism: progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple systems atrophy, neurosyphilis, encephalitis lethargica, dystonic tremor, drug causes


Morning Coffee

Session 2 - The challenging non-motor symptoms

Chair: Professor Donald Grosset, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow


Waking up to sleep disorders
Dr Kirstie Anderson, Consultant Neurologist, Regional Sleep Service & Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University 
*sleep disorders in PD: REM behaviour disorder, restless legs syndrome, excessive daytime sleepiness *pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatments, clinical standards and future therapies


Managing the challenging neuropsychiatric features of PD: depression, dementia and psychosis
Professor Dag Aarsland, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London
*anxiety, apathy, dementia, psychosis and depression: pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials and future therapies




Lunch and poster viewing

Session 3A & 3B Scientific Showcase & Parkinson's Nurse & Allied Health Professionals "Masterclass"

  Session 3A   Session 3B


Scientific showcase
Dr Gordon Duncan, Consultant Physician, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh & Dr Esther Sammler, Consultant Neurologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee


Multidisciplinary working in PD
Ms Alison Stewart, Lead Parkinson's Nurse Specialist, NHS Lothian





PD Genetics
Dr Miratul Muqit, Consultant Neurologist, University of Dundee

Potential prodromal parkinsonism in adults with 22q11 deletion syndrome
Alisdair McNeill, Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience


Exercise Masterclass: evidence for strength, balance and endurance training. Specific to age and stage
Professor Lynn Rochester, Professor of Human Movement Science, Newcastle University


Impact of a syngenic α-synuclein G51D mutation on protein homeostasis in rat brain
Jonas Gasparavicius


The precipitants of care home placement and the management of the person with Parkinson's disease in a care home setting
Professor Richard Walker, Consultant Physician & Honorary Professor of Ageing and International Health, North Tyneside General Hospital 
* the size of the problem *precipitants for care home placement *individual & service models of care *current initiatives






Future regenerative therapies for PD
Dr Tilo Kunath, Chancellor's Fellow, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh 


The implications of genetic screening in Parkinson's disease
Dr Esther Sammler, Consultant Neurologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee







Investigating inflammatory responses in a novel G51D alpha-synuclein rodent model of Parkinson's disease
Stephen West, PhD Student, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine

Engineering Parkinson's disease-resistant human dopaminergic neurons for cell transplantation therapies
Yixi Chen, PhD Student, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine



Managing communication and swallowing difficulties in people with Parkinson's
Ms Julia Johnson, Clinical Lead, Speech & Language Therapist, King's College Hospital, London


Close remarks and presentation of prizes



Day 2 - Friday 22 September 2017


Registration and coffee


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

Session 4 - The management of Parkinson's disease

Chair: Professor Richard Walker, Consultant Physician & Honorary Professor of Ageing & International Health, North Tyneside General Hospital


The acute hospital
Dr Richard Genever, Consultant Geriatrician, Chesterfield Royal Hospital
*unscheduled admissions *peri-operative care *the fasting patient


The community
Dr Ed Newman, Consultant Neurologist, NHS Great Glasgow and Clyde & Speaker TBC
*remote and rural *care homes * telehealth *wearable technology


Managing the later stages
Dr Ed Richfield, Consultant in Elderly Medicine, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
*recognising symptoms *palliative care *medication


Morning Coffee

Session 5 - The future: novel targets and treatments

Chair: Dr Carl Counsell, Consultant Neurologist, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease
Professor Stephen Gentleman, Professor of Neuropathology, Imperial College London
*cellular dysfunction *mitochondria, spread of pathology *inflammation *other proteinopathies *genetics and identifying therapeutic targets 


Chair: Professor Derek Bell,  President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Current and future therapies for Parkinson's disease
Professor Roger Barker, Dept of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge
*new treatments: targets *disease-modifying, regenerative medicine *drug repurposing *role of biomarkers including wearable devices



Session 6 - Common issues in Parkinson's disease: how to...

Chair: Professor Lynn Rochester, Professor of Human Movement Science, Newcastle University &
Dr Conor Maguire, Consultant Physician, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh


How to prevent fractures
Dr Emily Henderson, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Bristol
*managing fracture risk in Parkinson' disease *FRAX score *Q-Fracture *treatments


How to manage gastrointestinal problems
Dr Sarah Marrinan, Consultant Geriatrician, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
*delayed gastric emptying *constipation


How to manage orthostatic hypotension
Dr Claire McDonald, Clinical Lecturer, Newcastle University 
*pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatments, clinical trials and future therapies


How to manage urinary symptoms
Dr Jalesh Panicker, Consultant Neurologist, The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery & UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square
* overactive bladder *nocturia *indications for medications *indications for catheterisation



Session 7 - Putting it into practice: challenging cases and using the evidence

Chair: Dr Richard Davenport, Consultant Neurologist, NHS Lothian & Dr Graham Hughes, Consultant Physician in Geriatric & General Medicine, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin


Challenging case discussions with advanced therapies
Presenters in pairs will present cases illustrating management decisions and how decisions are reached
*what do to when no simple options *voting options *clinical trials: the evidence for each clinical decision


Professor Nicola Pavese, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience, Newcastle University & Ms Una Brechany, Parkinson's Disease Nurse Specialist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle


Deep brain stimulation
Dr Alan Whone, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Movement Disorder, University of Bristol &  Ms Lucy Mooney, Lead Movement Disorder Nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust


Intrajejunal L-DOPA
Dr Seamus Kearney, Consultant Neurologist, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, & TBC, Parkinson's Nurse Specialist, Belfast


Panel discussion


Closing remarks



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Online booking for this event closes on Wednesday 20 September but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Tuesday 22 August 2017

Registration fees - per day


Early Bird fee
until Tuesday
22 August 2017 - per day

from Wednesday 23 August 2017 - per day

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



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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.

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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.

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