About this event

  • Date and time Mon 8 Jul 2019 from 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by RSM Professionals, Barts Heart Centre

Join a multidisciplinary faculty of internationally renowned experts at the first Annual Barts conference about Infective endocarditis, with a focus on prosthetic valve endocarditis. This event is accredited with 6 CPD points.

Following the formation of Barts Heart Centre (BHC) in 2015, which has become the leading referral centre for treatment of IE in the UK and is also one of the largest IE centres globally, there was a noticeable increase in the number of patients with infective endocarditis (IE) referred to the centre. Recognising this change, the complexity of patients, diagnostic and therapeutic challenges, and the coincident publication of the European Society of Cardiology and the American Heart Association Guidelines on Infective Endocarditis (2015), the Barts Heart Centre will organise yearly conferences to ensure focussed, consistent, and evidence-based care with multidisciplinary input (microbiology, cardiology, cardiac surgery, imaging, dental and all other stakeholders’ involvement).

The Barts prestigious national and international meetings will help delegates and experts understand the current trends, challenges and opportunities in the treatment of IE which will have a direct impact on patient care as well as providing an excellent opportunity for networking and collaborative research and development in this important field.

The first of these annual conferences will focus on prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE), which is particularly difficult to treat and challenging to manage.

Topics include:

- Diagnostic and management challenges of prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE), particularly in complex cases.

- New trends in management PVE

- Role of the Endocarditis MDT

- Areas for further research and development in Infective endocarditis (IE)

Call for abstracts

Submit an abstract on the topic of the event - Infective endocarditis to rsmprofessionals@rsm.ac.uk

Those shortlisted will be asked to present their posters on the day. Word limit for Abstract submission: 350 words 

Deadline: Sunday 16th June 2019

Open to all


We would like to thank our exhibitor(s):
Astellas Pharma Ltd, BD, CryoLife, Edwards Lifesciences and MSD
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 Bernard Prendergast

Professor Bernard Prendergast

Professor of Interventional Cardiology and Valvular Heart Disease, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

He has been honorary secretary of the British Cardiovascular and Cardiovascular Intervention Societies, and Chairman of the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Valvular Heart Disease. Research interests focus on the epidemiology and treatment of valvular heart disease/infective endocarditis and he is course director of EuroPCR London Valves, the world’s largest specialist meeting in valve intervention. Also a member of the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) working group on Infective endocarditis which published its guideline in the J Antimicrobial Chemotherapy in 2012.

Professor Jo Martin

Professor Jo Martin

President of the Royal College of Pathologists. Professor of Pathology at QMUL. Director Academic Health Sciences Barts Health NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Professor Martin qualified via Cambridge University and the London Hospital Medical College. She holds a PhD of the University of London and a Masters in Leadership. She is a practising histopathologist, with a particular subspecialist expertise in neuromuscular disease of the gut and renal pathology. Jo has previously run clinical and diagnostic departments. She acted as Medical Director and subsequently Chief Medical Officer at Barts Health NHS Trust and currently leads on education and research across the Trust. Jo was National Clinical Director for Pathology for NHS England from 2013 -2016 and is the President of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Professor John Chambers

Professor of Clinical Cardiology, Guys and St Thomas Hospital, London

Speaker's biography

Founder of the echocardiography department at Guy’s Hospital & Past President of the British Society of Echocardiography. A national and international expert on echocardiography and heart valve disease, including infective endocarditis.

Professor Martin Thornhill

Professor of Translational Research in Dentistry, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield. 

Speaker's biography

A clinical academic for 30 years combining clinical practice in oral medicine with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and basic and translational research. His recent research on infective endocarditis, it’s relationship to invasive dental procedures and the risks and benefits of antibiotic prophylaxis has had a particular impact on guideline committees and the clinical practice of dentists and cardiologists & cardiac surgeons around the world. His team quantified the risk of developing or dying from the life-threatening infective endocarditis (IE), for individuals with predisposing heart conditions & published online in the European Heart Journal  

Professor Peter Wilson

Professor of Microbiology, University College London Hospital, London

Speaker's biography

Research interest is in the treatment and prevention of transmission of hospital-acquired infection. He has been involved in clinical trials on antibiotics as well as on innovations in the control of infection. He has been a member of governmental advisory committees on hospital acquired infection and antimicrobial chemotherapy and is Scientific Secretary of the Healthcare Infection Society. He is also chairman of the Specialty Training Committee for microbiology for London. 


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Satya Das, Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Barts Health NHS Trust and Dr Simon Woldman, Director and Consultant Cardiologist, Barts Heart Centre

Session 1: Challenges in diagnosis of IE

Chairs: Dr Satya Das and Professor Bernard Prendergast

Challenges of surgery in PVE

Mr Kit Wong, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Barts Heart Centre and Professor Rakesh Uppal, Professor of Cardiac surgery, Barts Heart Centre


Dr Robin Poston, Centre for Microvascular Research, William Harvey Institute, Barts and The London School of  Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London 

Aetiology and molecular diagnostics

Dr Holly Ciesielczuk, Clinical Scientist Medical microbiology, Barts Health NHS Trust

Diagnosis and imaging (cases and associated imaging, interactive)

Dr Sanjeev Bhattacharyya, Consultant Cardiologist, Barts Heart Centre and Dr Leon Menezes, Consultant in Nuclear Medicine, Barts Heart Centre

Tea and coffee break

Chance to view posters

Session 2: Challenges in IE management

Professor Jo Martin, President, Royal College of Pathologists, Professor of Pathology, Queen Mary University of London, Director of Academic Health Sciences and Honorary Consultant Histopathologist, Barts Health NHS Trust and Dr David Jenkins

Anti-microbial management of PVE: Present and future directions

Dr David Jenkins, Consultant Medical Microbiologist, University Hospitals of Leicester

The surgical challenges of an infected aortic root

Professor Mark Field, University of Liverpool, Clinical Lead for Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Antibiotic prophylaxis and dentistry

Professor Martin Thornhill, Professor of Translational Research in Dentistry, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield

Registries, trials and unknowns

Professor Bernard Prendergrast


A chance to view posters

Session 3: Pathways in endocarditis

Professor John Chambers and Professor Martin Thornhill

Barts Heart Centre experience in PVE and complications and avoidance: stroke, abscess, emboli, renal failure

Dr Simon Woldman

BHC IE MDT pathways and impact

Dr Christopher Primus, SpR Cardiology, Barts Heart Centre

Dental health and endocarditis

Dr Lochana Nanayakkara, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Royal LondonDental Hospital and Dr Edmund Bailey, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Oral Surgeon, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL

Role of endocarditis nurse – Inpatient and outpatient follow-up

Ms Maria McCue, Endocarditis Nurse, Barts Heart Centre

Early outpatient management: OPAT and elastomeric devices

Professor Peter Wilson, Professor of Microbiology, University College London Hospital

Tea and coffee break

Chance to view posters

Session 4: Future of IE

Professor Charles Knight, Managing Director St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Professor of Cardiology, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London

Past, present and future of endocarditis management and research

Professor John Chambers, Professor of Clinical Cardiology, Guys and St Thomas Hospital

Case Presentation: Every fit PVE patient should have surgery

Against: Professor Rakesh Uppal For: Dr Simon Woldman

Prize giving for best poster, close of meeting and completion of survey

Dr Robert Serafino-Wani, Consultant Medical Microbiologist/ID, Barts Health NHS Trust, and Dr Satya Das

Drinks reception



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