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Infectious Diseases Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 14 June 2018


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


Ensuring healthy lives is essential for sustainable development.  With significant improvement made in increasing life expectancy around the world, human health and well being remains vulnerable to both new presentations of old threats and failing established treatments.

This symposium will discuss recent and evolving threats to health, both locally and from a global perspective. It will inform us of new and optimistic strategies for diagnosing and managing conditions where we might previously have struggled, and allow us some insight into what may be ahead of us as clinicians treating patients suffering from infection. 

This programme will be of particular interest to trainees and practising infection specialists, from both a clinical infectious diseases and a microbiological background, to acute and general physicians, including general practitioners concerned with increasing their awareness of the threats posed by complex infections, and to specialist nursing and other multidisciplinary practitioners with an interest in infection and its management

Dr Claire L Mackintosh
Chair, Organising Committee

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Thursday 14 June 2018


Registration and Coffee


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

Session 1 - "Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"  F. Scott Fitzgerald

Chair: Dr Susanna Dunachie, Consultant in Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine,
            Oxford University Hospitals Trust


Legal highs and severe bacterial disease - an Edinburgh outbreak
Dr Donald Inverarity, Consultant Microbiologist, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh
* epidemiology of legal high-associated bacterial infection outbreak * bacteriology of outbreak * clinical presentations


HIV and drug use in 2016 - a Glasgow outbreak
Dr Erica Peters, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow
* epidemiology of outbreak * contributory factors * public health response


Adolescence and its challenges
Dr Laura Jones, Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh 
* transition  of children to adult services with long-term health conditions;* congenital vs acquired HIV infection * the challenges of treating adolescents


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - "It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin ...." Alexander Fleming Nobel Laureate Lecture 1945

Chair: Dr Andrew Seaton, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): behaviour change interventions - can they make a difference?
Dr Timothy Rawson, Clinical Research Fellow, Imperial College London
* prevalence of antimicrobial use * influence of human health and prescribing on AMR * behaviour change to support improved prescribing * influence of AMS interventions on AMR


Chair: Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
The state of the world's antibiotics in 2018 
Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan, Director, Centre for Diseases Dynamics, Economics and Policy, Washington DC, USA



Session 3 - "There is no cure that does not have its price"  Kenyan Proverb

Chair: Dr Rebecca Sutherland, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh


Ebola treatment: working in the dark under the spotlight
Sir Michael Jacobs, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
* experimental treatment for  bola   * ethical considerations  * preparing for future outbreaks


HIV cure - fundamental need or research fantasy?
Professor John Frater, Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Oxford
* anti-retrovirals as the solution to HIV management * the role of the persistent proviral reservoir  *future options


Coffee / tea

Session 4 - "Progress occurs where truths are questioned"  Aniekee Tochukwu Eziekiel
What's new in .....?

Chair: Dr Daire O'Shea, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh


Tuberculosis (TB) epidemiology and diagnosis
Dr Timothy Walker, Academic Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford
* current UK and global epidemiology * new prospects for improved diagnostics; *multi-drug-resistant TB


Fungal infections - cases
Dr Eavan Muldoon, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin
* current overview of epidemiology * case studies; *future developments


Implantable cardiac electronic device infections
Dr Jonathan Sandoe, Associate Clinical Professor of Microbiology, University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals
* clinical cases *changing guidelines


Discussion and close

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Online booking for this event closes at 9 am on Wednesday 13 June 2018  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 16 May 2018.



Early Bird fee
until 16 May 2018

from 17 May 2018

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).

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

Free places

Unpaid post – Nil, 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 visit our website for instructions on how to join, 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.

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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