2020 Scientific Programme


Registration is from 10.00 on Wednesday 29 January 2020.  The first session begins at 10.45, and the final session of the conference will finish on Friday 31 January at 16.00.

Wednesday 29 January 2020 - Registration from 10.00

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Manju Kurian, Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Diseases in Children, UCL-Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health - ‘Moving Towards Precision Medicine for Childhood Movement Disorders’
Professor Robert McFarland, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne - 'Potential Treatments for Mitrochondiral Disorders - Are we there yet?'
The Ronnie Mac Keith Prize Lecture - Dr Richard Rosch, Kings College London, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London and University of Pennsylvannia, USA - 'From fish to physics - new perspectives on abnormal brain dynamics in childhood epilepsies'

Welcome Reception - 18.30 - 20.00, Belfast City Hall

Thursday 30 January 2020

Personal Practice Sessions (parallel sessions) - 09.00 - 09.45:

  • Management of Neuropsychiatric Presentations of Neurological Disease
  • Paediatric Myasthenias: Clinical Clues to Improve Diagnostic Yield.  A Video Session
  • Management of Upper Limb in Cerebral Palsy 


Keynote Speakers:

Dr Benjamin M Greenberg, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas, USA - 'New Perspectives on Myelitis: The Re-emergence of Acute Flaccid Myelitis'
Professor Norman Delanty, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin - 'Precision Therapies in Epilepsies' 
The Ronnie Mac Keith Guest Lecture - Professor Elizabeth A Thiele, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA - 'Sunflower syndrome: a poorly understood epilepsy' 


International Guest Speakers:

Dr Sebastian Oritz, Hospital Universitario de San Jose & Instituto Roosevelt in Bogota, Colombia - 'Ketogenic diet in refractory non-surgical paediatric epilepsy patients: a Colombian experience' 
Dr Lokesh Lingappa, Rainbow Children's Hospital, Hyderabad, India 'Eye movements in Acute Encephalopathy'
Dr Derrick Chan, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore - 'Innovation and design thinking in Paediatric Neurology: a personal journey bringing research back to the clinical front-line'
Dr Sam Gwer, Kenyatta University and Afya Research Africa, Nairobi, Kenya and Dr Thomas Ngwiri, Gertrude's Children's Hosptial, Nairobi, Kenya and Kenya Paediatric Association - 'Child Neurology Training in East Africa: Opportunities for collaboration'

Conference Gala Dinner - 19.00 for 20.00, Titanic Belfast 

Friday 31 January 2020

Personal Practice Sessions (parallel sessions) - 09.00 - 09.45:

  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Pragmatic Headache in Younger People 


Keynote Speakers:

Dr Michael Farrell, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin - 'Epilepys and Brain Inflamation, a consequence or cause'
Dr Debarata Bhattacharya, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children - 'Where did all the Radiologists go? (Did we ever need them in the first place)? The advent and current status of Artificial Intelligence in Radiology' 


Updated 16 January 2020