About this event

  • Date and time Thu 29 Apr 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:05pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Psychiatry

In this webinar, we will be joined by experts in neuroscience and genetics to explore the management of functional neurological disorders (FND) and how best to support patients with a multidisciplinary approachProfessor Mark Edwards is a movement disorders specialist at St George's, University of London Atkinson Morley Regional Neuroscience Centre, and a member of the FND Hope International Medical Advisory Board. Professor Glenn Nielsen is a Senior Lecturer in Neurological Physiotherapy, St George's University of London with a clinical and research interest in functional motor disorders.

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand how to identify functional neurological disorders 

  • Understand an integrated model of care in Functional Neurological Disorders

This is the seventh of a series of Mind Matters webinars presented by the RSM Psychiatry section. This webinar is CPD accredited.

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A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit  will be issued to those joining each webinar live and will be automatically issued after 7 days to those who watched the webinar live in its entirety. Those who watch the webinar on-demand will receive a CPD certificate 30 days after the webinar has gone live.  

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Key speakers

Professor Mark Edwards

Professor of Neurology, St George’s University of London and The Atkinson Morley Regional Neuroscience Service, St George’s University Hospital

Speaker's biography

Mark Edwards (MBBS, BSc(Hons), PhD, FRCP, FEAN) is Professor of Neurology at St George’s University of London and The Atkinson Morley Regional Neuroscience Service at St George’s University Hospital. He has a specialist clinical and research interest in Movement Disorders and Functional Neurological Disorder (FND). He did his PhD with Professor John Rothwell and Professor Kailash Bhatia at the UCL Institute of Neurology, studying the pathophysiology of genetic dystonia. During this period he was involved with the development of a novel and now widely used technique for transcranial magnetic stimulation: theta burst stimulation. Following completion of neurology training he became a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at UCL and the National Hospital for Neurology. Here he developed an NIHR funded research program and specialist diagnostic and treatment service for patients with FND. After moving to St George’s in 2015 he expanded this work to develop one of the first integrated diagnostic and treatment services for FND alongside continued research work into the pathophysiology of the disorder and development and testing of novel treatments, including the first randomised trial of specialist physiotherapy for functional movement disorders. He is also an active part of the specialist movement disorders and deep brain stimulation team at the Atkinson Morley Regional Neuroscience Centre, and continues electrophysiological and psychophysical research work into the pathophysiology and treatment of movement disorders in general. He has published over 300 peer reviewed publications and is author of the Oxford Specialist Handbook of Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders. He is President of the Association of British Neurology Movement Disorders Group, International Executive Committee member of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Society, Board and Founding Member of the Functional Neurological Disorder Society, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Neurology, and medical advisor for FNDHope, the UK Dystonia Society and the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine. He is the winner of the Jon Stolk Award for Movement Disorders research from the American Academy of Neurology, the David Marsden Award for Dystonia research, the Queen Square Prize and the Uschi Tschabitscher prize for research from the European Academy of Neurology.

Dr Glenn Nielsen

Clinical Academic Neuro-physiotherapist, St George’s University of London and St George’s University Hospital

Speaker's biography

Glenn Nielsen is a clinical academic neuro-physiotherapist at St George’s University of London and St George’s University Hospital, where he leads a specialist NHS physiotherapy service for functional motor disorder. He began his career in Australia before moving to the UK and starting work at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in 2007. He was awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship in 2014 and while working at the National Hospital he completed his PhD at the UCL Institute of Neurology on developing physiotherapy treatment for functional motor disorders. He is currently leading a large multicentre randomised controlled trial of specialist physiotherapy for functional motor disorder (physio4FMD.org).



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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar 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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