About this event

  • Date and time Thu 30 Apr 2020 from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
  • Location Online

Register to join Episode 9 'COVID-19 Series: Your questions answered' on Zoom here.

In this episode, we bring together a panel of health experts to answer the most popular questions we have received so far throughout the RSM COVID-19 webinar series. 

The COVID-19 Series has now been running for a month and we have had hundreds of questions submitted - too many to cover in a short webinar. So to help answer your questions, Professor Sir Simon Wessely will pose the most popular questions to our panel of health experts; consultant intensivist Professor Hugh Montgomery, who joined us from the ICU at Whittington Hospital in Episode 3 of the series, Professor Peter Openshaw, one of Britain’s foremost specialists on the behaviour of deadly viruses who returns having joined us for Episode 5, Dr Ebere Okereke, currently leading Public Health England’s IHR Strengthening Project and Dr Sarah Filson, an infectious diseases specialist and RSM Trustee.

Please note: this webinar is 45 mins and there will be no live Q&A.

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This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be used in the future on various internet channels. All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

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The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available 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.

Key speakers

Professor Peter Openshaw

Professor Peter Openshaw

Professor of Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London
Speaker's biography

Peter Openshaw is Professor of Experimental Medicine at Imperial College London and an Honorary Physician in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the St Mary's Campus of the Imperial College NHS Trust. His research is on the immunology of the lung, viral lung disease, vaccination and immunopathogenesis of viral disease.

Sarah Filson

Dr Sarah Filson

Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Registrar at Northwick Park & St Marks Hospital, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Sarah Filson is an infectious diseases and microbiology registrar doctor at Northwick Park & St Marks Hospital.


Sarah studied medicine at Bart's and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Following graduation, she completed her foundation training at the Royal Free Hospital and Watford General Hospital, and her core medical training at University College London Hospital.


Throughout her training she was involved in clinical teaching locally and nationally. In 2009, she was involved in the euWHO simulation, and as a student wrote an essay that was shortlisted for the RSM Global Health Young Leaders Award in 2012.


Outside of medicine, Sarah is part of the organising team for TEDxEuston, which is an independently run TED event focused on positive ideas and developments related to Africa and the African diaspora. She has also previously acted as a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation.


Prior to studying medicine, Sarah worked for Thomson Reuters as a scientific editor on a pharmaceutical drugs database. 

Dr Ebere Okereke

Dr Ebere Okereke

Consultant in global public health and lead of Public Health England’s IHR Strengthening Project

Speaker's biography

Dr Okereke is a public health physician with 28 years experience in practice in many countries, with particular expertise in epidemiology, health protection, communicable disease control, infection prevention & control, and zoonoses.


She is currently leading the development and implementation of the PHE programme to strengthen capacity in low and middle-income countries to comply with the International Health Regulations. Previously, as a global health strategist, she worked to build the partnership between PHE & International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Kenya. She has a particular interest in capacity development and training.

Professor Hugh Montgomery

Professor Hugh Montgomery

Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University College London (UCL); Director, UCL Centre for Human Health and Performance; Consultant in Intensive Care and Director for Research and Innovation, Whittington Hospital

Speaker's biography

Professor Hugh Montgomery is UCL Professor of Intensive Care Medicine; Consultant Intensivist and Director for Research and Innovation at the Whittington Hospital; and Head, Centre for Human Health and Performance, UCL Division of Medicine. He has a strong interest in environmental impacts on health, particularly climate change.



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