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Stroke Medicine Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 8 February 2018


The Great Hall
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


The field of stoke medicine is rapidly evolving with exciting emerging effective acute treatments and increased awareness of previously ignored post acute issues that matter to patients.  This timely one day symposium, aimed at all healthcare professionals who look after stroke patients will provide a succinct update on topics ranging from mechanical thrombectomy to sex after stroke.  To achieve this we have assembled a cohort of engaging expert speakers who will deliver an informative and useful symposium.

Dr Fergus Doubal
Chair, Organising Committee


Call for abstracts 

- deadline extended to Monday 18th December 2017

As part of this exciting one day symposium we are seeking abstracts from trainees to present an interesting or challenging case related to Stroke.

Each presentation will be 7 minutes long, followed by 3 minutes for questions.  Interactive voting will be encouraged during the presentations.  

Abstracts not chosen for oral presentation may become part of a poster display at the symposium. 

For further details and how to apply please see here.

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Thursday 8 February 2018


Registration and Coffee


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

Session 1 - Updates in management of acute stroke

Chair: Dr Fergus Doubal, Stroke Association Garfield Weston Foundation Senior Lecturer & Consultant Stroke Physician, University of Edinburgh


Imaging of ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke
Dr Grant Mair, Senior Clinical Academic Fellow in Neuroradiology, University of Edinburgh
* computed tomography (CT) interpretation *basics of computed tomography angiography (CTA) *role of advanced imaging, CT v magnetic resonance (MR) * using imaging to guide treatment decisions


Mechanical thrombectomy for ischemic stroke
Professor Phil White, Professor of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology, Newcastle University
* evidence for thrombectomy * uncertainties * realistic service delivery


Management of intracerebral haemorrhage
Dr Adrian Parry-Jones, NIHR Clinician Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Vascular Neurology, University of Manchester
* blood pressure treatment * when to refer to a surgeon/critical care * anticoagulant reversal


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Stroke and the heart

Chair: Dr Vera Cvoro, Consultant Stroke Physician and Geriatrician, NHS Fife & Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh


When to close patent foramen ovale (PFO) after ischaemic stroke?
Dr Nicolas Weir, Consultant  Neurologist, Southampton General Hospital
* who needs an echocardiogram? *patient selection for PFO closure * antithrombotic treatment


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

Oral anticoagulation after ischaemic stroke - when is best?
Professor Urs Fischer, Professor for Acute Neurology and Stroke, University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland
* timing *patient selection *anticoagulant choice



Session 3 - Sex, interesting cases and hot research topics

Chair: Dr Richard O’Brien, Consultant Stroke Physician, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh  


Sex life after stroke
Ms Joanna Stevens, Community Stroke Lead & Stroke Specialist Nurse, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Bury
* what should I ask? * how can I help? * role of other professionals


Trainee presentations of interesting and challenging cases

Trainee 1
Trainee 2
Trainee 3


Hot topics in stroke research


Treatment decisions after severe stroke
Dr Akila Visvanathan, Clinical Academic fellow, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh


No different weighted imaging (DWI) lesion? Is it still a stroke?
Dr Stephen Makin, Clinical Lecturer in Medicine for Older People, University of Glasgow


Coffee / tea

Session 4 - Small vessel disease and vision

Chair: Dr Terry Quinn, CSO/Stroke Association Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Glasgow


Why does cerebral small vessel disease matter?
Professor Hugh Markus, Professor of Stroke Medicine, University of Cambridge
* relevance * prognosis * how do I explain this to the patient?


Cognition after stroke - is decline preventable?
Professor Sarah Pendlebury, Associate Professor, University of Oxford
* prevalence *prognosis *prevention * what should I tell the patient?


Vision and stroke - what to do?
Dr Iain Livingstone, Consultant Ophthalmologist, NHS Forth Valley
* assessment * when to refer * driving * role of allied healthcare professionals




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Online booking for this event closes on Wednesday 7 February 2018 but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Symposium Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until Wednesday 10 January 2018.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until Wednesday 10 January 

from Thursday 11 January 

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 Symposium 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 Symposium 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).

Further details can be obtained from the Symposium Co-ordinator.

Free places

Unpaid post – Nil, if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Symposium 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 Symposium 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.

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

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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