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RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Friday, 2 November 2018


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


New developments in the management of cardiovascular disease are rapidly evolving, and new drugs provide new treatment options. The challenge remains to optimise their use, as well as identify patients most likely to benefit from these treatments.

The programme will examine patient selection and treatment decisions in conditions that have been the particular focus of recent clinical trials and technological advances. Topics include:

  • New developments in heart failure management

  • How best to manage lipids, hypertension and thrombosis.

  • Risk stratification and targeting management in acute coronary syndrome and venous thromboembolism

  • Cardiology in the emergency room

  • New techniques and devices in monitoring patients

In addition to receiving a contemporary review of these ever changing fields conference delegates will gain an appreciation of the challenge of translating new technologies and clinical trials into everyday clinical practice.

Professor Gregory Lip
Organising Chair

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Registration and coffee


Welcome and introductory remarks
Dr Deepak Dwarakanath, Vice-President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Heart failure - what's new?

Chair: Dr Alan Japp, Consultant Cardiologist, Edinburgh Heart Centre


Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) – new horizons for diagnosis and treatment
Professor John Cleland, Director, Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, University of Glasgow
*clinical features * investigations and diagnosis guidelines * management options


New devices, new hearts
Dr Stephen Pettit, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge
* left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) *transplantation *palliative care


New treatments
Professor Theresa McDonagh, Professor of Heart Failure, King's College London
*sacubitril / valsartan *left ventricular (LV) partitioning *new guidelines *iv iron, SGLT2 inhibitors


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Hypertension, lipids and diabetes: moving targets and new drugs

Chair: Mrs Trudie Lobban MBE, Atrial Fibrillation Association


Lipids – from statins to proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors (PCSK9)
Dr Derek Connolly, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
* lipid management today *lipid management tomorrow *new drugs and new targets


Dr Adrian Brady, Consultant Cardiologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
*BP targets *revisiting target organ damage *new drugs


Diabetes – New drugs eg SGLT2 inhibitors in type 2 diabetes patients with high cardiovascular risk
Professor Naveed Sattar, Professor of Metabolic Medicine, University of Glasgow
*new insights from epidemiology  *new diabetic drugs



Session 3 - Thrombus here, thrombus there, thrombus everywhere

Chair: Professor Gregory Lip, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Birmingham


Chair: Dr Deepak Dwarakanath, Vice-President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Precision medicine and hypertension
Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Glasgow


Cardiogenic embolism and new horizons in anticoagulation
Professor Menno Huisman, Professor of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands
*potential use of OACs in acute coronary syndromes or stable vascular disease *new drugs in development


Risk-adjusted treatment and secondary prophylaxis of venous thromboembolism
Professor Stavros Konstantinides, Professor of Clinical Trials, Johanes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
* duration of treatment with OACs * EINSTEIN CHOICE study * risk assessment


Acute coronary syndrome
Professor Robert Storey, Professor & Honorary Consultant in Cardiology, University of Sheffield
*duration of treatment with antiplatelets *combining antiplatelets with oral anticoagulants (OACs)


Symposium feedback / tea

Session 4 - Workshops (please choose either A or B or C)


Workshop A
New techniques and devices in cardiovascular therapeutics

Dr Leong Lee, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
*transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) *transcatheter mitral interventions *atrial appendage occluder *wearable/subcutaneous defibrillator *leadless pacing *novel coronary interventions


Workshop B
New techniques and devices in monitoring patients
Dr Derek Connelly, Consultant Cardiologist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary
*screening  *smart devices and wearables *interpretation of the surface ECG


Worskhop C
Cardiology in the emergency room
Dr Stuart Watkins, Consultant Cardiologist, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow
*management of acute coronary syndrome (ACS)  *safely discharging patients with chest pain *use of antithrombotic therapies and their reversal


Closing remarks in the lecture theatre



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Online booking for this event closes on Thursday 1 November 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 Thursday 4 October 2018.

Registration Fees


Early Bird fee
until Thursday 4
October 2018

from Friday 5
October 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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