About this event

  • Date and time Tue 12 Oct 2021 from 6:20pm to 8:10pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

This year the President's address and Hughlings lecture will cover two insightful clinical neurosciences areas - the conceptual history of entrapment neuropathies, and the emergence of genetic treatments for neurological diseases. 

The 2021-2022 Clinical Neurosciences President's address, given by Dr Alistair Purves, Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist, Kings College Hospital, UK, will look at the conceptual history of entrapment neuropathies and ask if this is a useful concept anymore? Dr Purves will discuss that many neurological symptoms are explained in clinical practice by the mechanism of compression or entrapment. 

The Hughlings lecture, given by Professor Mary M Reilly, Professor of Clinical Neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, UK, will look at the exciting possibilities opened up by genetic discoveries and their application to neurological therapies and disease, and what this means for neurology.

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During this live stream speakers will cover:

  • The conceptual history of entrapment syndromes and formulating peripheral nerve diagnoses
  • Where genetic therapeutics are leading us and how future developments in this area will enable clinicians to talk to patients with greater confidence. 

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Key speakers

Dr Alistair Purves

President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist, Kings College Hospital, UK

Professor Mary M Reilly

Professor of Clinical Neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, UK

Speaker's biography

Professor Reilly graduated from University College Dublin in 1986, received her MD in 1996, FRCP in 2002 and FRCPI in 2003. She was appointed a consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square in 1998 and a Professor of Clinical Neurology at UCL in 2010. She leads the peripheral nerve clinical and research group and is head of the Division of Clinical Neurology in UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology. She runs a research program in the inherited neuropathies encompassing gene identification, pathogenetic studies, natural history studies, development of outcome measures and conducting clinical trials. She is a Past President of the Association of British Neurologists (ABN), a past President of the British Peripheral Nerve Society (BPNS), and a past President of the international Peripheral Nerve Society (PNS). She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2020.


Professor Reilly will be giving a lecture on The cusp of change. "We are at the cusp of change in the field of hereditary neuropathies due to the availability of whole-genome sequencing and the advent of genetic therapies. This is resulting in rapidly evolving changes in clinical practice. This talk will review the opportunities and challenges which these changes bring."


View the programme

Welcome, introduction and handover of presidency

Dr Bridget MacDonald, Immediate Past-President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Neurologist, Croydon University and St George's Hospitals  

Hughlings Jackson lecture and Presidential address


Dr Alistair Purves, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist, Kings College Hospital  

Presidential address: Decline and (maybe) fall – entrapment neuropathies

Dr Alistair Purves 

Hughlings Jackson lecture: The cusp of change

Professor Mary Reilly, Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery  

Panel discussion
Concluding remarks
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this live stream are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

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This live stream will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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