Event Details

Diabetes & Endocrinology

Symposium FULL - Waiting List now CLOSED

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


The Diabetes and Endocrine symposium will appeal to a wide range of health professionals. The endocrine component contains talks on the management of transgender individuals and how experts deal with endocrine emergencies.

There has been tremendous progress in the management of blood glucose in type 1 diabetes. Along with physicians talking about blood glucose monitoring, “closed loop” insulin pumps and new technologies, we have a relative of a patient with diabetes discussing more unusual DIY ways of using available hardware to monitor blood glucose.

Cardiovascular outcome is recognised as an extremely important part of the management of patients with type 2 diabetes. We have an important session dedicated to discussing the evolving nature of anti-diabetes drugs and the management of cardiovascular risk.

The symposium promises to be informative and thought-provoking. The day will benefit GPs, general physicians, doctors in training, students and endocrinologists! There will be plenty of time for debate and questions.

Professor Andrew Collier
Chair, Organising Committee

Membership of Organising Committee

Dr Robert Lindsay
Dr Paul Newey
Dr Laura Reid
Dr Roland Stimson
Dr Sandeep Thekkepat
Dr Nihal Thomas


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Thursday 11 October 2018


Registration and Coffee


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

Session 1 - Testosterone

Chair: Dr Roland Stimson, MRC Clinical Scientist & Honorary Consultant Physician, Edinburgh Centre for Endocinology & Diabetes, University of Edinburgh


Investigation of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism   
Dr Richard Quinton, Consultant Physician, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals
* differentiating hypogonadotropic hypogonadism from constitutional delay in adolescence * role of imaging and genetics in the investigation* prospects for fertility and commonly encountered obstacles


Risks and benefits of testosterone therapy in men
Dr Channa Jayasena, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Reproductive Endocrinology and Andrology at Imperial College and Hammersmith Hospital, London
* the diagnostic criteria for testosterone deficiency * the risks and benefits of testosterone replacement * the pitfalls and challenges to prescribing testosterone replacement


Endocrine management of transgender individuals
Professor Richard Anderson, Consultant in Reproductive Medicine, National Gender Identity Clinical Network for Scotland (NGICNS) NHS Scotland
*principles of endocrine care * endocrine treatment of transmen and transwomen


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - New diabetes technologies

Chair: Dr T Sandeep, Consultant Physician, Monklands Hospital, Lanarkshire


Diabetes - Flash monitoring and new technologies
Dr Fraser Gibb, Consultant Physician, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
* flash glucose monitoring and reduced hypoglycaemia * 'closed loop' insulin pump * ensuring equitable access to technologies


Nightscout and WeAreNotWaiting
Mr Kevin Winchcombe, Nightscout Foundation
* utilising available hardware and methods to drive change for the patient * beneficial effects from remote glucose monitoring * looping with a DIY closed loop artificial pancreas 


Chair: Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Automated management of glycaemia with a bionic pancreas
Professor Steven Russell, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA



Session 3 - How do I manage....?

Chair: Dr Ciara Mulligan, Consultant Physician, Ulster Hospital, SE Trust, Belfast


Professor Chris Thompson, Professor of Endocrinology,  Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
* accurate diagnosis and optimum treatment * update on management *new guidelines for the emergency management


Adrenal crisis
Dr Marie Freel, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Glasgow
* recognition in critical illness * management of longstanding adrenal insufficiency during elective hospital admissions * recognition and management of adrenal crisis at the 'front door'


Thyroid storms
Dr Mark Vanderpump, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, The Physician's Clinic, London
definition * admission * treatment  


How do I investigate and manage adrenal incidentalomas
Dr Aled Rees, Reader and Consultant Endocrinologist, Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute, Cardiff University
*incidence * frequency of hypersecretion *malignant potential * role of radiology in establishing benign v malignant disease



Session 4 - Diabetes, medication and cardiovascular disease

Chair: Dr Deborah Wake, Clinical Reader in Medical Informatics & Diabetes Care & Education, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics, University of Edinburgh


Cardiovascular risk and modification in an era of outcome studies
Professor Sarah Wild, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh
* time trends in risk of cardiovascular disease in people with and without diabetes *cardiovascular risk prediction in people with diabetes * effects of established diabetes drugs on cardiovascular disease


Therapies and cardiovascular outcomes
Professor John Petrie, Professor of Diabetic Medicine, University of Glasgow
* evidence that newer glucose-lowering agents reduce rates of cardiovascular events * what are the underlying mechanisms? * class effects or individual agents?




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Online booking for this event closes on Tuesday 9 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 12 September 2018.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until Wednesday 12 September 2018

from Thursday 13 September 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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