About this event

  • Date and time Thu 2 Dec 2021 from 10:00am to 4:20pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Senior Fellows Forum

This one-day symposium, held annually, offers a series of brief reviews of clinical topics which have seen recent advances, either in pathogenesis, investigation or treatment, given by speakers who are authorities in their fields.

Among the subjects to be addressed this year are:

  • Air pollution and health
  • Battlefield surgery
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Post-COVID syndrome - pathogenesis and treatment

The meeting will deliver broad, accessible and stimulating updates on topics that hold key clinical importance and current interest, directly relevant to physicians, surgeons, GPs and others involved in healthcare.

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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Richard Lansdown, Chairman, Retired Fellows Society, Royal Society of Medicine 

Session one

Chair: Professor Robin Williamson, Committee Member, Retired Fellows Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Pulmonary Fibrosis in the 21st century

Dr Helen Parfrey, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Royal Papworth Hospital

Maxillofacial update

Mr Nadeem Saeed, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London and The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Reflections on military mental health practice: It’s not just about PTSD

Dr Jeya Balakrishna, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Defence Primary Healthcare, Ministry of Defence


Session two

Chair: Professor Humphrey Scott, Dean, Royal Society of Medicine

Adolescent mental health

Dr Michael Groszmann, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dengue fever 

Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

Tea and coffee break

Session three

Chair: Dr David Murfin, Committee Member, Retired Fellows Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Multiple sclerosis: Disease-modifying treatment 

Professor Jeremy Chataway, Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and Professor of Neurology, University College London


Professor Hugh Montgomery, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University  College London 

Closing remarks and close of meeting


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

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 enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this meeting will close 24 hours prior to the start time.

If UK government guidelines and restrictions change, the format of this event will be updated to comply, and all delegates will be notified via email.