UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Neurology 2021: leading edge neurology for the practising clinician


The course is designed for consultants and trainees at all levels in neurology and other neuroscience specialties, from the UK, Europe and worldwide, and aims to provide a practical update on the hospital management of neurological diseases. The focus of the course is on everyday neurological practice which will include lectures, a quiz and a CPC. The course will be didactic, but also entertaining and informative.

The course will take place online



• Clinical Case discussion

• MRI quiz

12 CPD points applied for with the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians for the main course

Thursday and Friday Course fees:
Consultant and associate specialists: £30 for 2 days OR £20 per day.
Clinical trainees and research fellows: £15 for 2 days OR £10 per day

Students: £10 for 2 days

Wednesday 17th March - Pre-Course Symposium: Preparing for the Speciality Certificate Exam

Course Fee: £10 for half day course

The course will take place online

Programme:  1pm - 5.30pm

1.00 - 1.05pm Dr Tabish Saifee - Welcome

1.05 - 1.40pm Dr Robert Pitceathly - Mitochondrial diseases in neurology

1.40 - 2.15pm Dr Wojtek Rakowicz  - Diagnosing peripheral neuropathies

2.15 - 2.50pm Dr Fahmida Chowdhury - Localisation in epilepsy

2.50 - 3.20pm Break                                                                                                                                                                                                              

3.20 - 3.55pm Dr Simon Freilich - Peripheral neurophysiology cases

3.55 - 4.30pm Dr Arvind Chandratheva - Acute stroke differentials and management

4.30-5.05pm Dr Simon Freilich - Essential EEGs for the practicing physician                                                                                                                                             

5.05-5.10pm Dr Tabish Saifee - Close


Platinum: Zogenix International Ltd, Ipsen, Nutricia

Gold: Cannabinoid Education 360, Persyst Development Corporation, GW Pharmaceuticals, Merz Therapeutics

This meeting is sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Industry. All sponsors have had no input to the content of the meeting. We will play an infomercial on behalf of one company and and two of the talks will be sponsored. A list of participants names and level (consultant, registrar etc) will be provided to all sponsors at the meeting.




Thursday 18th March 2021



Dr Tabish Saifee
09:30 – 10:05

The Romance of Neurology - Prize lecture

Professor Andrew Lees
10:05 – 10:40Genomic neurologyProfessor Huw Morris
10:40 – 11:15Break 
11:15 – 11:50Genetic epilepsies; treatable conditions?Professor Sanjay Sisodiya 
11:50 – 12:20Break 
12:20 – 13:05CPCDr Zane Jaunmuktane & Dr Jasper Morrow
13:25 – 14:00MRI quizDr Chandrashekar Hoskote
14:00 – 14:35

Palliative care for the neurologist

Professor David Oliver
14:35 – 15:10

Managing spasticity

Dr Rachel Farrell
15:10 – 15:40


15:40 – 16:15

Movement disorders video session

Professor Kailash Bhatia
16:15 – 16:50

Nutritional neuropathies

Professor Lionel Ginsberg
16:50 – 17:20Life between BoNT-A injections- the gap for patients living with cervical dystoniaDr Tim Harrower 
17.20 - 17.40Break 
17.40 - 18.40Clinical cases and prize

Selected trainees

Friday 19th March 2021

09:15 – 09:50

Immune checkpoint inhibitors and CAR-T cell therapy for the neurologist

Professor Emma Morris
09:50 – 10:25

The swollen disc

Dr Gordon Plant
10:25 – 10:55Break 
10:55 – 11:30

The role of imaging for nerve and muscle disorders 

Dr Sachit Shah
11:30 – 12:05

Cerebral microbleeds: what the neurologist needs to know

Professor David Werring

12.05Idiopathic intracranial hypertensionProfessor Alex Sinclair

Are you a trainee or new consultant and do you have an interesting case in neurology? Submit an abstract for selection to be presented at the Queen Square Leading Edge Neurology conference this year to d.blundred@ucl.ac.uk. Cases should be informative for a general neurology audience and have a definitive diagnosis. 
Deadline for submission is Friday 26th February. Authors of selected cases will be invited to present the case with slides on Thursday 18th March. The best presented case will win a prize.

Course Lecturers