About this event

  • Date and time Tue 1 Nov 2022 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Royal Society of Medicine

On 23rd July 2022, the Monkeypox outbreak was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation. 
But despite over 38,000 reported cases in 93 countries across the world, WHO director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “This is an outbreak that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups.” 

This 2-hour Spotlight Series webinar from the Royal Society of Medicine will look at the history and current state of the Monkeypox outbreak in the UK and internationally, public health strategies for managing the outbreak, and what the outbreak means for routine practice and prevention.  

The aim of this meeting is to understand the current state of the Monkeypox outbreak, and the strategies needed to contain it. 

Benefits of attending: 
  • Build your understanding of the story behind the Monkeypox outbreak, and the current state of the outbreak in the UK and internationally 
  • Gain insight into the public health strategies being used to contain the outbreak, and what needs to change going forward 
  • Find out the latest information on vaccines and antivirals 
  • Learn and understand what the outbreak means for routine practice, including diagnosis and clinical management 


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Welcome and introduction

Professor Gillian Leng CBE, Dean, Royal Society of Medicine

Session 1: The monkeypox story

Setting the scene

Professor Susan Hopkins, Chief Medical Advisor and National Strategic Response Director for Monkeypox, UK Health Security Agency, Consultant, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Infectious Diseases and Health Security, University College London

Diagnosis and case definition

Professor Chloe Orkin, Lead for HIV research, Barts Health NHS Trust

Session 2: Monkeypox on the ground

Monkeypox incident management

Dr Sophia Makki, National Incident Director for Monkeypox, UK Health Security Agency

Monkeypox the African perspective
Dr Dimie Ogoina, Infectious Diseases Physician, Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital
Comfort break

Session 3: Managing the outbreak

Panel discussion

Chair: Professor Maggie Rae, President, Epidemiology and Public Health Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Panel: Professor Chloe Orkin, Professor Susan Hopkins, Dr Monica Gandhi, American physician and Professor, University of California, San Fransisco (UCSF), Director of the UCSF Gladstone Centre for AIDS Research and Medical Director, San Francisco General Hospital HIV Clinic and Dr Boghuma Kabisen Titanji, Medical Doctor, University College London

Closing remarks

Professor Gillian Leng

Close of meeting





Registration for this webinar will close 1 hour prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 1 hour before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via 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.