About this event

  • Date and time Mon 23 May 2022 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine

Join leading experts at this in-person event to hear about the latest developments in the research, diagnosis and treatment of painful neuropathies.

Neuropathic pain is estimated to affect around one in 20 people in the Western world. There are many causes of neuropathic pain, including viral infection, HIV, chemotherapy, trauma and genetic disorders, but diabetes is the most common, and it is expected that over 50% of all adults with diabetes will be affected by neuropathy in their lifetime.

This clinical masterclass, for health professionals from primary care and beyond, will offer education on the categories and causes of painful neuropathy, practical screening and diagnostic advice, and the latest expert guidance around management and treatment.

Attendees to this event will gain:

  • A better understanding of how to categorise neuropathy, and the relationship between neuropathy and pain

  • An understanding of the risk factors and causes of painful neuropathies

  • Advice around diagnostics and screening, what needs a referral, and guidance for performing basic physical examinations

  • An understanding of the latest advice around assessment and management, and personalised and combined treatments for patients

  • A better understanding of the experience and practical difficulties that impact patients with this condition, such as difficulty walking down stairs and a loss of balance

The masterclass will open with a patient experience story from the BBC’s Fiona Talkington, followed by a discussion and audience Q&A session featuring Professor Andrew Rice, Professor of Pain Research at Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Professor David Bennett, Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology and Head of the Division of Neurology at the University of Oxford, and Professor Solomon Tesfaye, Consultant Physician and Honorary Professor of Diabetic Medicine at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We would like to thank the Alan and Sheila Diamond Charitable Trust for its generous support enabling free access to this event. The Trust supports a range of charitable organisations and this funding complements grants it has made to the University College of Osteopathy for work in the same field.

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Key speakers

David Bennet

Professor David Bennett

Professor of Neurology and Head of the Division of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford

Speaker's biography

David is Professor of Neurology, Head of the Division of Clinical Neurology at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Oxford University Hospitals. His research and clinical interests include peripheral neuropathy, neuropathic pain and pain channelopathies. He leads major research consortia in this area including the EU initiative DOLORisk and UK research and innovation funded PAINSTORM. He is a Wellcome Investigator. He takes a broad experimental approach to understanding the pathogenesis and improving the management of neuropathic pain ranging from human genetics and ion channel biology to clinical trials. He completed neurology training in London and moved to the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Oxford in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. 

Fiona Talkington

Fiona Talkington

BBC Radio broadcaster, writer, presenter, and curator

Speaker's biography

Fiona is best known as one of BBC Radio’s longest serving presenters where she has worked across most of Radio 3’s programmes from the Proms live from the Royal Albert Hall, to the award winning Late Junction; on Radio 4 her programmes have included features about Virginia Woolf and for BBC 6 Music she’s reported on music from frozen lakes. Fiona has also curated concerts and festivals for venues including the Royal Opera House, Kings Place, Oxford Contemporary Music and St George’s Bristol. She has worked extensively in Norway for over 20 years presenting, hosting and curating concert series and festivals including the National Jazz Stage in Oslo and the Punkt Festival in Kristiansand. In 2009 she was awarded the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit for her services to the arts.

Fiona has an MA in Literature and the Visual Arts from Reading University and has been a research adviser with Birmingham City University. She is currently a Patient Partner with PAINSTORM bringing her long term lived experiences with Peripheral Neuropathy to assist in this important research project. Fiona is committed to researching the use of the arts to explore ways of expressing and communicating pain.

Solomon Tesfaye

Professor Solomon Tesfaye

Consultant Physician/Endocrinologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Honorary Professor of Diabetic Medicine at the University of Sheffield

Speaker's biography

Solomon Tesfaye is a Consultant Physician/Endocrinologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Honorary Professor of Diabetic Medicine at the University of Sheffield, UK. He qualified as a doctor at the University of Bristol in 1984 and trained in diabetes and diabetic neuropathy under Professor JD Ward. His research projects include the epidemiology, risk factors, pathogenesis, central nervous system involvement and treatment of diabetic neuropathy and neuropathic pain. He has published a book, over 150 original articles, reviews and book chapters in the field of diabetic neuropathy including a landmark study in the New England Journal of Medicine. He has received research funding from Diabetes UK, the US National Institute of Health (NIH), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes and the UK National Institute for Health Research.  

Andrew Rice

Professor Andrew Rice

Professor of Pain Research Imperial College and Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital

Speaker's biography

Andrew S.C. Rice is a clinical academic active in clinical practice and translational research elucidating neuropathic pain. He is Professor of Pain Research at Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. Andrew’s research on neuropathic pain and covers both laboratory and clinical research spanning animal models, through deep profiling of patients with a view to personalised medicine, to clinical trials and evidence synthesis by meta-analysis. The emphasis is on neuropathic pain in the context of infectious diseases (HIV, Herpes Zoster, HTLV-1 and leprosy), diabetic neuropathy and peripheral nerve trauma, especially in a military context. He has published over 230 peer reviewed papers and has a citation (H) index of 60. 


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Michele Acton, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Medicine

Clinical masterclass

Patient keynote

Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio broadcaster and Patient Partner, PAINSTORM

Panel discussion
Professor David Bennett, Professor of Neurology and Head of the Division of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford
Professor Solomon Tesfaye, Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Honorary Professor of Diabetic Medicine, University of Sheffield
Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio broadcaster and Patient Partner, PAINSTORM
Professor Andrew Rice, Professor of Pain Research, Imperial College and Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Q&A session

Slido and audience questions

Closing remarks


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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

Registration for this event will close at 12:00pm Monday 23 May 2022Late registrations will not be accepted.
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