2021 Scientific Programme

The conference will be delivered virtually on 6-8 January 2021.  All sessions will be available 30-days following the conference, for those who have registered.


Wednesday 6 January 2021

Session 1:  Acute & autoimmune neurology

Professor Russell Dale
Clinical Director, Kids Neuroscience Centre, Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Australia
'Immune-Brain interactions beyond autoimmunity: Epigenomics, inflammation and microglia'

3 selected oral presentations

Professor Sarosh Irani
Associate Professor & Honorary Consultant Neurologist
Head, Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group, Research Laboratory
'From autoantibodies to B cells: how germinal centres generate neuroglial surface autoantibodies'


Session 2: Movement, neurometabolic & neurodegenerative disorders

Professor Mary King
'Reflection on 40-years in Paediatric Neurology'

3 selected oral presentations

'Ataxia diagnosis and management' personal practice session with Dr Martin Smith & Professor Andrea Nemeth


Session 3:  Research in Paediatric Neurology

Dr Sandeep Jayawant
'An overview of advances across the board in paediatric neurology'

'Publication: Tips from the experts on medical publishing and how to develop a research portfolio' personal practice session with Professor Manju Kurian, Professor Sameer Zuberi, Professor Bernard Dan 

The MacKeith Prize - Professor Francesco Saverio Tedesco
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London, London, UK
Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, London, UK
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London UK
The Francis Crick Institute, London UK
'Engineering human stem cells for neuromuscular disease modelling and therapy development'

The Video Challenge! 
Can the expert panel diagnose the neurological disorder?  Join us for fun with a glass of something nice!


Thursday 7 January 2021

Session 4:  Epilepsy

Professor Finbar O'Callaghan
UCL-Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
'Cannabinoids and epilepsy: what is the evidence?'

3 selected oral presentations

Professor Helen Cross
UCL-Institute of Child Health & Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
'Moving forward in childhood epilepsy'

Session 5:  Covid-19

Professor Tom Solomon
Professor of Neurological Science, University of Liverpool and, Director, NIHR Health Protection Research Unit In Emerging And Zoonotic Infections
'Neurological disease associated with COVID-19'

3 selected oral presentations

Professor Andrew Pollard
Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity, University of Oxford
Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Oxford Children's Hospital
Vice Master of St Cross College, Oxford
'Development of COVID-19 vaccine' 


Session 6:  The Presidential Plenary

Professor Charles Newton
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, KEMRI/The Wellcome Trust Unit, Kenya & Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
'Tropical paediatric neurology: burden and insights'

President's Guest - Professor Kette Valente
Profession in Child Neurology, University of Sao Paulo & Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Neurophysiology, Clinics Hospital University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
'An update in Congenital Zika Virus: a disease story that is still being written'

The Ronnie MacKeith Guest Lecture - Professor Dr med Maja Steinlin
Paediatric Neurology, University Children’s Hospital Bern and University Bern, Switzerland
'A hike through three decades of paediatric stroke'




Friday 8 January 2021

Session 7: General neurology

'Sleep disorders: sleepy not narcolepsy' personal practice session with Dr Nadine McCrea and Dr Zenobia Zaiwalla 

3 selected oral presentations

Professor Trish Greenhalgh
Professor of Primary Care Health Services & Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
'Video consultations – the evidence base'


Session 8:  Neuromuscular & Neurodisability

'Gene therapy for neuromuscular disorders' personal practice session with Professor Laurent Servais and Dr Sithara Ramdas

3 selected oral presentations

Professor Mary Reilly 
UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London
'Inherited neuropathies: new insights'


Session 9: Hot topics

Professor Jon Stone
Consultant Neurologist, University of Edinburgh 
'Hot topics in functional neurological disorders'

Professor Gabrielle de Veber
MD, MHSc, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute
'Pediatric Stroke: A mechanism-based approach to treatment'

Dr Tony Hart
'Hot topics in perinatal neurology - what's new?'


Updated 9 October 2020