UCL Institute of Neurology


Neurology 2016: leading edge neurology for the practising clinician


Wednesday 30th March 2016

Pre-Course Symposium

Venue: Basement Lecture Theatre, 33 Queen Square, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Time: 1-5.30pm

This symposium is designed for trainees and research fellows to assist in preparing for the neurology training exit examination.

Revision sessions will focus on the following areas:

  • MRI imaging
  • Nerve Conduction and EMG studies
  • Sorting out dementia
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Hyperkinetic movement disorders
  • Less common stroke syndromes

A specially prepared book of revision notes and sample questions will be given to all delegates - invaluable tips for those preparing for the Speciality Certificate Exam.

(This provisional programme may be subject to change)


Thursday 31st March – Friday 1st April 2016


Venue: Logan Hall, Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London

Thursday 31st March 2016

Time Title
9.00 - 9.40 Registration and coffee  
9.40 Welcome Professor M Hanna
9.45 - 11.30 Topic 1:  Approaches to treatment of advanced neurological disease
Chair: Professor M Hanna
9.45 Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Professor A Schapira
10.20 Treatment of intractable epilepsy
Professor S Shorvon
10.55 Indications for the surgical treatment of cranio-cervical junction
Mr D Choi
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee  
12.00 Nobel lecture: The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map: Past, Present and Future
Professor J O’Keefe
12.30 CPC
Dr M Lunn and Professor M Walker
13.05 - 14.00
14.00 – 16.15 Topic 2:  The clinical applications of neurogenetics 
Chair: Dr T Saifee
14.00 The genetic methodologies and their application in the clinic
Professor H Houlden
14.45 The impact of pharmacogenetics in the neurological clinics Professor N Wood
15.30 Channelopathies in the clinic Professor M Hanna
16.15-16.45 Tea  
16.45-18.15 Topic 3:  The clinical applications of neuroimmunology  
Chair: Dr M Lunn
16.45 Update on diagnosis and management in paraneoplastic diseases affecting the nervous system 
Dr J Rees
17.30 Update on diagnosis and management of non-neoplastic autoimmune disorders affecting the nervous system 
Dr M Lunn
18.15 Reception  

Friday 1st April 2016

Time Title Speaker
8:00 - 8:45
8:45 - 11:00 Topic 4:   Organisation of neurology services
Chair: Professor J Duncan
8.45 The design and delivery of stroke services
Dr N Losseff
9.30 The changing landscape of specialist training   
Dr P Jarman
10.15 Overcoming the challenges of specialist commissioning in neurology
Professor J Duncan
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee  
11.30 April Fools Day Debate, Battle of the Geraints:
Neurology and psychiatry should be a single discipline
For – Professor G Rees
Against -  Dr G Fuller
Professor S Shorvon (chair), Professor G Rees, Dr G Fuller
12.05 Video session: Sleep disorders Dr S Eriksson
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch  
13:45  - 16:00 Topic 5:‘Where diagnosis is difficult’
Chair: Dr A Leff
13.45 Progressive weakness and wasting 
Dr K Sidle
14.30 Dizziness and vertigo 
Professor L Luxon
15.15 Changes in personality, language and behaviour 
Dr A Leff
16:00 – 16:30 Tea  
16:30 – 17:50 Topic 6: The impact of new neuroimaging techniques in the neurological clinic
Chair: Professor S Bisdas
16.30 The optimal approaches to neurovascular imaging and the indications for intravascular treatment 
Dr T Solbach
17.10 Emerging imaging modalities - what is their added value for common clinical problems?
Professor S Bisdas