You will need to register for all meetings. All meetings take place at the Royal Society of Medicine at 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE – unless otherwise noted
Monday, 05 March: Registration 09:30
Infant feeding: policies, politics, and best practice
This one-day meeting will review the latest research and guidelines on infant feeding and introduction of solids and to explore the common issues facing parents in the first year. As well as examining the issues for parents and health professionals, the meeting will also consider the benefits and challenges of using peer support and social media to support parents. Speakers will include Dr Amy Brown, Associate Professor Public Health, Policy and Social Science, University of Swansea; Professor Debra Bick, Professor of Evidence Based Midwifery Practice, King’s College London; Emma Pickett, Lactation Consultant and Chair of the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers; and Mr Shailesh Patel, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon, King’s College Hospital.
Tuesday, 06 March: Registration 18:00
2018 Jephcott Lecture: The global challenge of drug resistant infections
This year’s Jephcott Lecture will be given by Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England. Dame Sally advocates globally on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). She has spoken on AMR at numerous events including the World Health Assembly side events, the G8 science ministers’ meeting in 2015, the Global Health Security Initiative in 2015, and the UN General Assembly side event in 2016. She was chair of the 2013 AMR forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) and was for three years the chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR. Most recently, Dame Sally has been appointed a co-convener of the UN Inter-agency Coordination Group on AMR, set up in response to the AMR declaration made at UNGA 2016.
Wednesday, 07 March: Registration 08:30
This one-day meeting will provide an update on current collaborative practices that have led to substantial improvements in access to safe and high quality care throughout developing nations. Consultant surgeon Mr Andy Leather, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will give a lecture on strengthening the surgical care system in Sierra Leone. Professor Chris Lavy, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will give a lecture on scaling up safe surgery in rural Africa. There will be presentations on undertaking large scale surgical research in low income and middle income countries and discussions on how new technological advances are breaking down barriers in introducing new and complex surgical techniques to developing nations.
Saturday, 10 March: Registration 12:30
Medicine & me: Your mental health as a doctor
This event gives doctors and medical students the chance to offer their perspective on how to improve mental health care for those working in medicine. It will also provide an outline of current best practice and examine many key issues around mental health from both the doctor’s and patient’s perspective, including regulation, addiction issues and why doctors are reluctant to seek help. Held in collaboration with the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, the event will bring together a panel of speakers including RMBF President Professor Dame Parveen Kumar and RMBF CEO Steve Crone, as well as Professor Clare Gerada of the Practitioner Health Programme and RSM President Professor Sir Simon Wessely.
Monday, 12 March: Registration 14:00
Theory and practice of hypnosis in enhancing sports performance
This half-day meeting will provide delegates with an up-to-date overview of the evidence base of hypnosis in sports performance. Speakers will address both academic and experiential aspects of the role of hypnosis in sports performance and sporting environments. In addition to hearing from Gary Turner, a former world-class sporting professional who utilises hypnosis with other sports professionals, there will be a presentation from Adam Eason, principal of the Anglo European College of Therapeutic Hypnosis, on the theoretical basis for enhancing strength in sport through the use of hypnotic interventions.
Tuesday, 13 March: Registration 09:00
Psychiatry and evolution: biological and social perspectives
This conference will introduce how ideas of evolution enrich our understanding of humanity and human development on the individual and collective levels, and how these ideas may also relate to psychiatry and psychopathology. An international panel of speakers will include Professor Randolph Nesse, Founding Director, The Centre for Evolution and Medicine, Arizona State University; Professor Vittorio Gallese, Professor of Human Physiology, University of Parma, Italy; Professor Peter Hammerstein, Professor of Organismic Evolution, Humboldt University of Berlin; and Professor Gyorgy Gergely, Department of Cognitive Science, Central European University, Budapest.
Thursday, 22 March: Registration 08:15
TB control enters the genomic area: A world first for UK public health
This meeting will focus on the development and implementation of whole genome sequencing (WGS) of M tuberculosis (Mtb) isolates in routine practice. The UK is the first country in the world to implement this technology for routine diagnosis, antibiotic resistance profiling and surveillance. The day will focus on clinical, epidemiological and logistical advantages and implications of WGS. Special guest lecturer Professor Sarah Fortune, MD, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will lecture on the clinical implications of novel mutations in the Mtb genome that her research group has recently identified.