About this event

  • Date and time Tue 16 Jul 2019 from 9:25am to 17 Jul 2019 at 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences, Psychiatry

This event will update participants on current clinical and basic research in a variety of disorders at the interface of neurology and psychiatry. A multitude of disorders will be covered and discussed by leading figures in neurology, neuroscience, psychiatry, neuropsychology and neurosurgery.

This is an exciting opportunity for all participants interested in neurology and psychiatry to update their knowledge in the latest findings applicable to patients they may be seeing who are presenting with these problems.

The basic research lectures, particularly the neuroscience of space and time lectures, will prove fascinating as well.

This meeting is held over two days and features four semi-independent symposia on:

  • Auto-antibody disease
  • The neuroscience and psychiatry of space and time
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia

The prestigious Sherrington Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor John O’Keefe, FRS, and Nobel Prize winner.

Topics include: 

  • Autoimmune encephalitis, presentations and management from Neurological, Psychiatric, and Neuropsychological perspectives
  • The neuroscience of space and time, how the brain makes sense of experience and its relation to memories of events and places, as well as developmental aspects
  • Epilepsy: the history of epilepsy in relation to neurology and psychiatry
  • Dementia: Alzheimer’s, as well as Vascular, and Frontotemporal dementias including neuropsychology, pathophysiology and recommended management
  • Research on biomarkers and novel treatments such as stem cells, as being investigated for Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases

Dinner option

Enjoy a gorgeous 3 course meal on Tuesday 16 July, at the end of the first day. You will get the chance to network before being seated in a graceful private dining room. The dress code is smart and you can book the dinner by choosing the option on checkout. 

Key speakers

John O'Keefe

Professor John O’Keefe, FRS, FMedSci

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, and Nobel Prize winner.

Speaker's biography

Professor John O'Keefe, FRS FMedSci is a Neuroscientist and a Professor at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour and the Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at University College London. He discovered place cells in the hippocampus, and that they show a specific kind of temporal coding in the form of theta phase precession.


In 2014 he received the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience "for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition", together with Brenda Milner and Marcus Raichle. In the same year he was awarded and shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain - an 'inner GPS' - that enables us to orient ourselves, together with May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser.


Eleanor Maguire

Professor Eleanor Maguire, FRS, FMedSci, FBA, MRIA

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Wellcome Principal Research Fellow, Deputy Centre Director, Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, University College London.

Speaker's biography

Professor Maguire is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London, UK, where she is also the Deputy Director. Maguire heads the Memory and Space research laboratory at the Centre. In addition, she is an honorary member of the Department of Neuropsychology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.

Iain McGilchrist

Dr Iain McGilchrist, FRCPsych

Consultant Emeritus,  Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital.

Speaker's biography

Dr McGilchrist is a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, an associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Consultant Emeritus of the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital, London, a former research Fellow in Neuroimaging at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Baltimore, and a former Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Stellenbosch, who now lives on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of North West Scotland, where he continues to write, and lectures worldwide.

Simon Shorvon

Professor Simon Shorvon, FRCP

Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical SubDean, University College London.

Speaker's biography

Professor Shorvons' previous posts have included the Chairmanship of University Dept of Neurology in University College London, and the Medical Directorship of the National Society for Epilepsy (Chalfont). He has been a member of the ILAE Executive Committee for the past 16 years, previous ILAE Vice-President and is currently co-Editor-in-Chief of EPILEPSIA. He was awarded the 2008 European Epileptology Award and the 2010 Lennox Award by the American Epilepsy Society.


View the programme 16 July 2019

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session one: Autoimmune Encephalitides

Chair: Dr Michael Mailer, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial London College

Clinical features and underlying mechanisms of autoantibodies in the brain

Professor Sarosh Irani, Associate Professor, Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group, University of Oxford

Psychiatry of autoimmune encephalitis

Dr Belinda Lennox, Associate Professor and Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Oxford

Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing

Cognition and brain networks following autoimmune limbic encephalitis

Professor Chris Butler, Professor of Primary Care, University of Oxford

Immune tolerance and immunotherapy

Professor David Cameron Wraith, Professor of Immunology, University of Birmingham

Panel Discussion

Poster viewing

Session two: The Neuroscience of Space and Time

Memory evolution, and dissolution, over time

Professor Eleanor Maguire, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Wellcome Principal Research Fellow, Deputy Centre Director, Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, University College London

Navigation systems after long-term memory consolidation

Professor Hugo Spiers, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

What is special about the development of hippocampal-dependent memory in humans?

Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem, Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

Panel Discussion
Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing

Psychiatry Section Special Lecture with Dr Iain McGilchrist

Disorders of space and time in psychiatry

Dr Iain McGilchrist, Consultant Emeritus,  Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital - Introduced by Dr Christos Sideras

Comfort break

Sherrington Lecture with Professor John O’Keefe

The Hippocampus as a Spatial Map: from Basic Science to the Clinic

Professor John O’Keefe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London - Introduced by Professor Michael Kopelman

Drinks Reception

For all registrants


For those who have pre-booked

View the programme 17 July 2019

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session three: Epilepsy

Chair: Dr Nandini Mullatti, Consultant Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy, Kings College Hospital

The neurology and psychiatry of Idiopathic Generalised Epilepsy

Professor Simon Shorvon, Honorary Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Professor Emeritus in Neurology, University College London

Developments in epilepsy surgery

Mr Andrew McEvoy, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Reader in Neurosurgery, University College London

Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing

Seizure precipitants

Professor Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology, University College London

Mental health of children with epilepsy

Dr Isobel Heyman, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Honorary Professor, Institute of Child Health, University College London

Panel Discussion

Poster viewing

Session four: Dementia

Neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer dementia and their treatment

Professor Robert Howard, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University College London

Changing perspectives on frontotemporal dementia

Professor Julie Snowden, Honorary Professor of Neuropsychology, The University of Manchester 

Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing

Vascular dementia, delirium, and dementia/cognitive impairment related to TIA/stroke

Professor Sarah Pendelbury, Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Novel therapies and subtyping of patients with Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease

Professor Roger Barker, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant in Neurology, University of Cambridge

Panel Discussion
Close of meeting


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