2022 Programme

The conference will be delivered virtually on 19-21 January 2022.  All sessions will be available 30-days following the conference, for those who have registered.


Wednesday 19 January 2022

Session 1:  Epilepsy

Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer
The University of Melbourne, Austin Health, Royal Children's Hospital, Florey Institute and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
'Precision medicine in genetic epilepsies'

'Precision medicine in genetic epilepsies'

Professor Mark Cunnigham 
Ellens Mayston Bates Professor of Neurophysiology of Epilepsy, Discipline of Physiology, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin
‘Modelling mitochondria epilepsy in vitro: conceptualisation, mechanisms, and therapeutic implications’

Session 2: Epilepsy Surgery

Professor Hans Holthausen
Center for Pediatric Neurology, Neurorehabilitation, and Epileptology, Schoen-Clinic, Vogtareuth, Bavaria, Germany
‘Mild Focal Cortical Dysplasias – Severe Epilepsies‘

Mr Martin Tisdall
MD FRCS(SN), Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Honorary Associate Professor, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
‘The role of minimally invasive procedures in paediatric epilepsy surgery’

Session 3:  Video Challenge

Can the expert panel diagnose the neurological disorder? 

Thursday 20 January 2022

Personal Practice session: Juvenile Myasthenia Gravis

Session 4:  Stroke

Panel discussion with Dr Vijeya Ganesan, Dr Helen McCullagh, Dr Adam RennieMr Greg James & Prof Tufail Patankar

‘Multidisciplinary practical management of cerebrovascular disease in children’ 

Session 5:  Neuromuscular

Professor Laurent Servais
MD, PhD, Professor of Paediatric Neuromuscular Diseases, MDUK Oxford Neuromuscular Center, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford
'Newborn screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy… and beyond’

Professor Carsten Bonnemann
MD, Habil, Chief, Neuromuscular and Neurogenetic Disorders of Childhood Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, Adjunct Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
‘Gene and Mutation-Specific Precision Therapies: From GAN to the COL6 Related Dystrophies and Beyond’

Session 6:  The Presidential Plenary

The Ronnie MacKeith Prize: Dr Joseph Symonds
Paediatric Neurology (ST8) GRID trainee, Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow
‘Precision epidemiology in early childhood epilepsies’

President's Guest: Professor Samanmali Sumanasena
MD, FRCPCH, Professor in Paediatric Disabilities, Department of Disability Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Honorary Consultant Paediatrician, Ayati National Center for Children with Disabilities and North Colombo Teaching Hospital, Ragama, Sri Lanka
'Successful neurological research in low and middle income settings’

President's Guest: Professor Jo Wilmsurst
Head of Paediatric Neurology, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, University of Cape Town, South Africa and Director of the African Paediatric Fellowship Program, UCT
'Collaborations in child neurology across equipped and limited resource settings – what can we learn from each other?'

The Ronnie MacKeith Guest Lecture: Professor Tally Lerman-Sagie 
MD, Head of Pediatric Neurology Unit, Co-director of Magen Rare Disease Center, Co-director of Fetal Neurology Clinic, Wolfson Medical Center, Holon, Israel
‘Expansion of paediatric neurology into fetal life-the role of the neurologist in prenatal counselling’

Friday 21 January 2022

Personal Practice session: Pitfalls of genetic testing

Session 7: Neuroradiology in clinical diagnosis

Dr Shekeeb Mohammad
Paediatric Neurologist, Senior Lecturer, Department of Neurology and University of Sydney Clinical School, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia
'MRI pattern recognition in childhood onset basal ganglia disorders'

Dr David Lynch
National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, London
'Approach to diagnosis of inherited white matter diseases in older children and adolescents: an adult neurologist perspective'

Session 8:  Neurogenetics

Professor Sally Ann Lynch
Consultant Clinical Geneticist, Children's Health Ireland Temple Street, Dublin
‘Irish Travellers, an indigenous European population with a unique culture’

Professor Louise Gallagher
MB MRCPsych PhD FTCD, Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Trinity College, Dublin
‘What have we learned from 20 years of neurodevelopmental disorders genomics and what is next?’

Session 9: Hot topics

Professor Paul Gissen
Professor in Paediatric Metabolic Medicine, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
‘Developing therapies for incurable diseases’

Professor Rosalie Ferner
Consultant Neurologist and Lead Clinician for Neurofibromatosis, Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London
‘Neurofibromatosis 1 in the 21st Century’

Dr Dasha Nicholls
Clinical Reader in Child Psychiatry, Imperial, College London, Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, NIHR NW London ARC Theme Lead for Multimorbidity and Mental Health, Clinical and Strategic Lead, National Audits and Research, RCPsych
‘Long COVID-19, long pandemic and mental health in young people’