About this event

  • Date and time Thu 30 Jan 2020 from 1:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

This event will highlight new issues and challenges presented to clinicians in the management and diagnosis of HIV disease. 

Recently there has been great strides in the management of HIV disease, but neurological complications still occur with new presentations that challenge diagnosis and management. New challenges include; neurocognitive disorders, immune reconstitution syndromes, cerebrovascular complications and peripheral nerve complications.

This event will ensure HIV clinicians are equipped and updated with the latest knowledge to help manage and diagnose HIV patients. 

Topics include: 

  • Current concepts in cognitive impairment in HIV
  • Neuropathology of HIV
  • Changes in HIV neuropathology
  • Neurocognitive complications
  • Neurological management of IRIS
  • Stroke and peripheral nerve disorders

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We would like to thank our exhibitor:

UCB Pharma Ltd

Please note that none of the companies listed have had any influence or involvement over the agenda, content or organisation of this meeting.

Key speakers

Professor Alan Winston

Professor of HIV and Genitourinary Medicine at Imperial College and Consultant Physician at St. Mary's Hospital, London.

Professor Winston is the leading UK researcher in HIV neurocognitive disorders.

Professor Sebastian Lucas

Consultant Histopathologist at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital in London.

Professor Lucas is the most experienced HIV neuropathologist in the UK. He has had experience in HIV since the onset of the HIV epidemic.

Speaker's biography

Sebastian Lucas is a consultant histopathologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Emeritus Professor of Pathology at King’s College London School of Medicine.

He has specialised in infectious and tropical disease pathology since the late 1970s and worked on HIV clinical pathology since the mid-1980s. Working in Africa and London he has studied what HIV does in adults and children through autopsy and biopsy material, and wishes for greater liaison between clinicians and pathologists. 

Sebastian made his name in the early 90s with his pioneering work on AIDS. Having performed autopsies on more than 1000 people who died of AIDS in Africa and England, Lucas knows as much as anyone about the multiple manifestations of the disease in different environments, and his findings have had a critical influence on the management and treatment of people with HIV.

Dr Nicholas Davies

Consultant Neurologist, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital & Imperial College NHS Trust (Charing Cross Hospital) in London.

Dr Davies is one of the leading neurologists with infectious disease experience in the UK.

Speaker's biography

Dr Nicholas Davies is a member of the Encephalitis Society's Medical Advisory Panel, he is a general neurologist with a sub-specialty and research interest in neurological infection. He trained in neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, St Mary's Hospital and St George's Hospital (Atkinson Morley) in London. His PhD, from King's College London, addressed the aetiology and outcome of acute encephalitis in adults. After the completion of specialist training, Dr Davies undertook a fellowship in HIV neurology at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia.

Dr Alex Everitt

Consultant neurologist at St Mary's Hospital in London. 

Dr Everitt runs a HIV neurology clinic and has great experience of HIV neurology.

Speaker's biography

Dr Alex Everitt studied medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and later completed a PhD in epilepsy at the Institute of Neurology/Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy. He undertook his neurology training at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square), and King’s College Hospital.

He was appointed consultant neurologist at St Mary’s Hospital in 2013, where he undertakes weekly epilepsy and general neurology clinics, in addition to a monthly joint HIV neurology clinic.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Hadi Manji, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Cognitive disorders in people with HIV

Professor Alan Winston, Consultant Physician and Professor of Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital


Dr Nick Davies, Consultant Neurologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London

HIV and the pathology of the brain: Past, present and futures

Professor Sebastian Lucas, Department of Cellular Pathology, St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Question and answer session
Tea and coffee break
Peripheral nerve disorders in HIV

Dr Patricia McNamara, Locum Consultant Neurologist, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

HIV and stroke

Dr Laura Benjamin, Senior Clinical Fellow and Locum Consultant, University College London and University College London Hospitals

Question and answer session
Case presentations

Dr Alex Everitt, Consultant Neurologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Close of meeting


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