From neurology to psychiatry and back: Facing challenges, crossing boundaries and joining forces to benefit patients

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Venue: Royal Society Of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE

Online registration for this meeting is now closed. Places are still available for the meeting and can be booked at registration on the day of the meeting.

Meeting fees:

RSM Members
Fellow - £135
Associate - £110
Trainee - £110
Retired Fellow - £110
Student - £70

Non RSM members
Consultant/GP - £195
AHP/Nurse = £145
Trainee - £145
Student - £80
RCPsych Neuropsychiatry Section member - £135

We are most grateful to Lundbeck, Re:Cognition Health and St Andrew's Healthcare for supporting this conference

This conference aims to bring clarity and understanding to the diverse challenges that arise when patients with neurological conditions also present with psychiatric symptoms and challenging behaviour. It will also aim to raise the profile of the speciality of neuropsychiatry.

The conference will address questions such as; what can psychiatry offer to patients who have an organic basis for their psychiatric symptoms? Which brain infections can present with psychiatric symptoms? How has functional neuroimaging increased our understanding of the neuropsychiatric manifestations of neurological disorders? What is the role of Deep Brain Stimulation in psychiatric disorders?

The conference will focus on the latest advances in psychiatry and neurology to increase our understanding of the management of neuropsychiatric symptoms in the presence of neurological conditions.

This conference will be suitable for neurologists, physicians, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, and general practitioners.

- Review the practical assessment and clinical management of patients, presenting with psychiatric symptoms and challenging behaviour, in the presence of a range of underlying neurological conditions.

- Study the latest research and recent advances in the understanding of neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurological conditions; whilst also raising awareness about the psychiatric presentation of autoimmune and infectious disorders that can affect the brain.

- Integrate neurological and psychiatric approaches, together with neuroscience; towards developing a greater understanding and an enhanced collaboration between psychiatry and neurology.

The conference organisers are Dr James Rakshi, Neurologist and Dr Irene Cormac, Psychiatrist

8.45 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.20 am

Dr Irene Cormac and Dr James Rakshi

Session 1: Stroke, and deep brain stimulation for neurological and psychiatric disorders
Chair: Dr Niruj Agrawal, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, St George's Hospital, London

9.30 am

The spectrum of neuropsychiatric symptoms in stroke
Professor Richard Wise, Professor of Neurology, Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London

Keynote speaker

10.05 am

The role of deep brain stimulation in mental disorders: New insights and hopefully new treatments
Professor Andres Lozano, Senior Scientist, Division of Brain Imaging and Behaviour Systems -Neuroscience Toronto Western Research Institute, Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery, Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience and Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, Canada

10.50 am

Tea and coffee break

Session 2: Neuropsychiatric symptoms in Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis
Chair: Dr James Rakshi, Consultant Neurologist, London

11.10 am

Management of neuropsychiatric symptoms in Parkinson's disease: A growing problem
Professor Valerie Voon, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist/Wellcome Trust Fellow, University of Cambridge

11.45 am

Management of neuropsychiatric symptoms in Epilepsy: An established problem
Professor Dr Bettina Schmitz, Director of Neurology, Vivantes Humboldt- Klinikum für Neurologie, Am Nordgraben, Berlin

Keynote speaker

12.20 pm

Management of neuropsychiatric symptoms in multiple sclerosis: A neglected problem
Professor Anthony Feinstein, Associate Scientist, Brain Sciences Research Programme, Sunnybrook Research Institute; Director, Neuropsychiatry program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

1.05 pm


Session 3: Auto-immune encephalitis and CNS infections
Chair: Dr Irene Cormac, President of RSM Psychiatry Section

2.00 pm

The emerging link between auto-immune disorders and neuropsychiatric disease
Professor Angela Vincent, Neurosciences Group, Department of Clinical Neurology, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

2.30 pm

CNS infections presenting with neuropsychiatric symptoms
Professor Tom Solomon, Director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool

3.00 pm


3.10 pm

Tea and coffee break

Session 4: Challenges for both neurologists and psychiatrists
Chair: Dr Rafey Faruqui, Chair of the Section of Neuropsychiatry, The Royal College of Psychiatrists

3.30 pm

Psychogenic movement disorders: Pitfalls for the unwary
Professor Kailash Bhatia, Professor of Clinical Neurology, Sobell Department of Movement Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, University College, London

4.05 pm

Problems and issues in differentiating neurological, psychogenic, and simulated amnesia
Professor Michael Kopelman, Professor of Neuropsychiatry, King's College London

4.40 pm


4.50 pm

Closing remarks and completion of evaluation forms
Dr James Rakshi

5.00 pm

Close of meeting

Meeting ref: PYE03

CPD (Applied for)

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