About this event

  • Date and time Thu 9 Jul 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences, Ophthalmology

This webinar will explore common clinical problems in neuro-ophthalmology, and the diagnosis and management of these conditions. 

There will be an interactive video session with presentations of clinical cases and diagnosis. 

This is first joint meeting at the RSM between the Neurosciences and Ophthalmology Sections. This webinar will be especially beneficial to general neurologists and ophthalmologists who encounter these common, and often difficult neuro-ophthalmological disorders, in busy outpatient clinics. 

During this webinar you will learn:

  • How to assess and manage patients with “swollen discs”  - the impact of OCT in this condition will be covered
  • Imaging techniques used to diagnose neuro-ophthalmological diseases

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This meeting is sponsored by Chiesi Limited. Funding will contribute to costs of the platform and logistics only, the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor. Chiesi Limited representatives will be present at the online meeting.

Key speakers

Gordon Plant

Dr Gordon Plant MA MD FRCP FRCOphth

Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital and Moorfields Hospital, London, UK

Speaker's biography

Gordon Plant took the Medical Sciences Tripos in Cambridge in 1974 with a first in Physiology, on the way acquiring an interest in Vision. Undergraduate Clinical Medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital followed, qualifying in 1977. After completing his postgraduate training in Medicine he returned to Cambridge for 2 years in Clinical Neurology then back to Physiology for three years supported by the Welcome Trust studying the visual deficit in optic neuritis. During this period he began weekly visits to Moorfields Eye Hospital to attend Ian MacDonald’s Neuro-ophthalmology clinic. Further clinical training in Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology in Queen Square was followed by a year as a Medical Research Council Travelling Fellow at the Smith Kettlewell Research Institute in San Francisco where he studied visual motion perception with Ken Nakayama. He also took the opportunity to spend time with Bill Hoyt at UCSF. Since 1991 he has been a consultant in Neurology to The National Queen Square, St Thomas’ and Moorfields. His work has been as a full time NHS Consultant but he has found time for research with over 300 articles to his credit and an h-index of 76. Dr Plant retired from the NHS in March 2018 but was re-employed in the same job 24 hours later. As of April 1st 2020 he will retire from all clinical work but continue in academic activities.

Sui Wong

Dr Sui Hsien Wong

Consultant Neurologist and Neuro-Ophthalmologist, based in London, UK

Speaker's biography

Dr Wong completed her Neurology specialist training in the UK, supplemented by training sabbaticals in Australia and USA. This was followed by a Neuro-ophthalmology clinical fellowship in Moorfields Eye Hospital and an MD (research) into Ocular Myasthenia Gravis (OMG) awarded by University College London. She continues with research on OMG and other neuro-ophthalmological conditions. She is on the editorial boards for the Neuro-ophthalmology and Eye journals.


Her NHS clinical practice is based at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Guys & St Thomas' Hospitals, where she sees unselected Neuro-ophthalmological conditions, ranging from urgent to tertiary care referrals. She also runs specialist services for Ocular Myasthenia and Pseudotumour Cerebri Syndrome / Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. 

Axel Petzold

Dr Axel Petzold

Consultant Neurologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Doctor Axel Petzold graduated from the Medical University of Freiburg (Germany). He received MD (summa cum laude) in Experimental Ophthalmology with Ted Sharpe (University of Freiburg) and a PhD in Biochemistry with Ed Thompson (University College London). He trained as a neurologist in France (Lyon), Germany (Munich) and the United Kingdom (London).


He is a consultant neurologist employed jointly by Moorfields Eye Hospital (MEH), City Road and The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH NHNN), Queen Square, London, UK.


He is also employed as a consultant neurologist, jointly, by the Departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre (AUMC) where he is the Director of the Dutch Expertise Centre for Neuro-ophthalmology.


He is the chairman for neuro-ophthalmology of the European Reference Networks (ERN) for Rare Diseases (RD), and an honorary Senior Lecturer at the Department of Neuroinflammation, UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, UK.


Doctor Petzold’s primary research interest is on the recognition, prevention and treatment of axonal degeneration in optic neuropathies. The disease spectrum covers Multiple Sclerosis associated Optic Neuritis (MSON) and those optic neuropathies, which are considered a rare disease.

Indran Davagnanam

Dr Indran Davagnanam

Consultant Neuroradiologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery 

Speaker's biography

Dr Indran Davagnanam is a Consultant Neuroradiologist at The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery and at Moorfields Eye Hospital. His clinical expertise involves specialist diagnostic imaging and performing diagnostic procedures for neurological, neuro-ophthalmological and orbital conditions. As an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the UCL Institute of Neurology, he currently leads on research projects with an emphasis on the development and application of quantitative advanced and novel imaging techniques to develop neuro-ophthalmological and neurovascular biomarkers. He has published over 100articles in scientific peer-reviewed journals including original articles in high impact clinical neurosciences journals and has been invited to speak on his areas of expertise nationally and internationally. He is a committee member of the Neurosciences Division of the Royal Society of Medicine as well as a committee member, lecturer and examiner on the Advanced Neuroimaging MSc Programme at the Institute of Neurology, University College London.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

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

Swollen Discs? What to do next? Clinical and OCT considerations

Dr Sui Wong, Consultant Neurologist and Neuro-Ophthalmologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Axel Petzold, Consultant Neurologist, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Imaging in neuo-ophthalmology

Dr Indran Davagnanam, Consultant Neuroradiologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Video presentation of clinical cases

Dr Gordon Plant, Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Question and answer session

Mr Nicholas Lee, President, Ophthalmology Section,  Royal Society of Medicine and Dr Hadi Manji

Close of meeting




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