For further information or to request a press pass email email@example.com or call Rosalind Dewar on 01580 764713. 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.
Tuesday, 08 May: Registration 08:30
No other psychiatrist has had a more decisive impact on the identity and direction of psychiatry than Emil Kraepelin whose long career, detailed observations and lucid writing defined manic depression (bipolar disorder) and dementia praecox (schizophrenia) as the clinical syndromes whose devastating impact on individuals and society have made them the core preoccupations of biological psychiatry for many generations. This conference will examine the clinical, historical, and philosophical impact of Kraepelin and his successors. The keynote speaker will be Professor Nancy Andreasen, former editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, and Andrew Woods, Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. An international panel of speakers will include Professor Paul Hoff, University of Zurich; Professor Norbert Mueller, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich; and Professor Giovanni Stanghellini, D’Annunzio University, Italy.
Monday, 14 May: Registration 09:00
At this meeting a range of experts in sleep medicine will explore new advances in the field, as well as the possible avenues that may be pursued in future research. Professor Andrew Steptoe, Professor of Psychology and Head of the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London, will discuss lifestyles and healthy sleep. Dr Nicole Tang, Associate Professor in Clinical and Health Psychology, University of Warwick, will discuss interactions between pain, sleep and well-being. Dr Ivana Rosenzweig, Senior Clinical Scientist Fellow, King’s College London, will look at the potential impacts of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) on the brain and cognition. Other topics under discussion will include the cardiovascular consequences of OSA and melatonin and light in treatment of primary sleep medicine.
Tuesday, 15 May: Registration 18:00
During this evening meeting, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester, will give a keynote lecture titled ‘A stroke of bad luck – understanding brain disease’. Her lecture will be preceded by the presentation of new research by five neuroscience trainees competing for the prestigious RSM Gordon Holmes prize.
Monday, 21 May: Registration 08:30
At this meeting recent food allergy research will be reviewed, together with its implications for clinical practice. Speakers will cover a range of related topics from how to manage early exposures to reduce patients’ allergies, to how to manage allergen dangers. Key speakers will include Professor Suzanne Halken, Clinical Professor in Paediatrics, University of Southern Denmark; Dr Adam Fox, Consultant Children’s Allergist and Clinical Lead, Evelina London Children’s Hospital; and Dr Johnathan Hourihane, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University College Cork.
Monday, 21 May: Registration 18:00
This year’s Stevens Lecture will be delivered by Professor Rachel Batterham, Professor of Obesity, Diabetes and Endocrinology at University College Hospital. During her lecture Professor Batterham will discuss how body weight is controlled, why most diets fail to produce long-term weight reduction and how weight-loss surgery can lead to immediate remission of type 2 diabetes. Finally, she will discuss how the biology of the gastrointestinal tract can be harnessed to treat people with obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Friday, 25 May: Registration 08:30
When it comes to managing long term pain, patients can be disappointed by what conventional approaches can achieve. This meeting will offer insight into whether holistic and complementary approaches to managing pain, such as acupuncture, hypnosis or homeopathy, could be of help to them. Topics to be covered will include how acupuncture needles, infinite dilutions of substances or hypnosis may be more tolerable and more effective than mainstream approaches; the possible mechanisms of non-conventional therapies and the human interaction in their effectiveness; and what conventional approaches to pain relief can learn from the effectiveness of non-mainstream therapies. Speakers will include Dr Anthony Ordman, Pain Management Consultant, The Royal Free Hospital; Dr Julian Stern, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust; and Dr Saul Berkovitz, Consultant, The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine.
Wednesday, 30 May: Registration 08:30
This meeting will explore recovery in older people and the evidence-base behind impairing medical conditions. An expert panel will examine topics such as neurology, strokes and dementia and highlight the ways these medical conditions can be managed and treated so that older people can recover effectively. Key speakers will include Dr Vicki Goodwin, a physiotherapist specialising in the care of older people and community rehabilitation; Mr Paul Ursell, a consultant ophthalmologist at Ashtead Hospital in Surrey and acknowledged expert in cataract surgery; and Professor David Stott, the David Cargill professor of geriatric medicine in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow.
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