About this event

  • Date and time Tue 16 Jul 2019 from 9:25am to 17 Jul 2019 at 7:00pm
  • 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

Key speakers

Professor Eleanor Maguire, FRS, FMedSci, FBA, MRIA.

Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at 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.

Dr Iain McGilchrist, FRCPsych

Consultant Psychiatrist and former Medical Director, Priory Hospital, Hayes Grove.

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.

Professor Simon Shorvon, FRCP

 Professor of Clinical Neurology and Clinical SubDean, UCL Institute of Neurology, University College London, and Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, 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.

Professor David Cameron Wraith, FRBS

Chief Scientific Officer and Founder of Apitope.

Speaker's biography

Professor Wraith is a research immunologist with over 25 years of experience and has authored over 150 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Professor Wraith was the Head of the Department of Pathology & Microbiology at the University of Bristol from 1996 to 2004. He is currently Professor of Immunology and Director of the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy at the University of Birmingham (UK). He has been awarded research fellowships by the Medical Research Council (UK), National MS Society (US), Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust. 


View the programme 16 July 2019

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Session one: Autoimmune Encephalitides

Clinical features and underlying mechanisms of autoantibodies in the brain

Sarosh Irani

Psychiatry of autoimmune encephalitis

Belinda Lennox

Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing

Cognition and brain networks following autoimmune limbic encephalitis

Chris Butler

Immune tolerance and immunotherapy

David Wraith

Panel Discussion

Session two: Space and time perception

Memory evolution, and dissolution, over time

Eleanor Maguire

Navigation systems after long-term memory consolidation

Hugo Spiers

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

Faraneh Vargha-Khadem

Panel Discussion
Comfort break
Psychiatry Section Special Lecture: Disorders of space and time in psychiatry, introduced by Dr C. Sideras

Ian McGilchrist 

Tea and coffee break
Sherrington Prize Lecture: The Hippocampus as a Spatial Map: from Basic Science to the Clinic, introduced by Prof M. Kopelman

John O’Keefe

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

The neurology and psychiatry of Idiopathic Generalised Epilepsy

Simon Shorvon

Seizure precipitants

Matthew Walker

Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing

Developments in epilepsy surgery

Andrew McEvoy

Mental health of children with epilepsy

Isobel Heyman

Panel Discussion

Poster viewing

Session four: Dementia

Neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer dementia and their treatment

Rob Howard

Changing perspectives on frontotemporal dementia

Julie Snowden

Tea and coffee break

Poster viewing

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

Sarah Pendelbury

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

Roger Barker

Panel Discussion
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom