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Royal Society of Medicine convenes global Covid-19 clinical conference

An international Covid-19 conference to consolidate key clinical learnings from across the globe will take place online on Monday 27 July from 16.00 hrs to 18.15 hrs (UK time). Hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine, the conference will draw together an international faculty of leading clinicians to distil the evidence and consider the lessons learned from the respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological responses to Covid-19.

The conference is being held in collaboration with major US medical education and research centres the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic. The aim is to help clinicians across the world prepare for and mitigate the impact of future outbreaks of the disease. The programme of panel discussions will include an update on current Covid-19 research and vaccine development, together with future management strategies.

International businessman and philanthropist Dr Moshe Kantor, whose charitable foundation is supporting the conference, will open the programme which will include speakers from the UK, US, India, and Continental Europe.

Dr Kantor said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges, and it is crucial to support the community that is fighting this virus from the front lines. Ensuring that the experiences and learnings of these clinicians and medical professionals from some of the worst affected areas reach as many of their colleagues facing similar problems in other parts of the world, is so important. Collaboration beyond borders, without regard for national or commercial interests, will be critical to solving the problems that Covid-19 has created, which is why the Kantor Charitable Foundation is honoured to support this event.” 

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President of the Royal Society of Medicine, said: “The world has been rocked by the Covid-19 crisis, the worst pandemic in more than a century. Clinicians across the globe have had to make difficult treatment decisions, without prior knowledge of the disease. This conference will allow the global medical community to come together, share the lessons learned in important clinical areas and make firm recommendations to minimise the impact of further Covid-19 waves and future pandemics.”

The RSM Covid-19 International Conference is free to register for all delegates. There is more information about the programme on the conference web page.


Notes to editors

For more information please contact:

Rosalind Dewar, Royal Society of Medicine Media Office

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Follow this Zoom link to register for the conference

Conference hashtag: #RSMCOVIDConf


RSM COVID-19 International Conference - programme and speakers


Monday 27 July 2020

16.00 hrs (UK time)

Welcome address: Dr Moshe Kantor


16.05 hrs – 16.35 hrs (UK time)

Session 1 – Respiratory effects: Critical care and ventilation

Chair: Dr Charles Powell, Mount Sinai-National Jewish Health Respiratory Institute, New York

Professor Anita Simonds, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, London

Dr Richard Oeckler, Mayo Clinic Minnesota


16.35 hrs – 17.05 hrs (UK time)

Session 2 – Cardiovascular complications and the role of thrombosis

Chair: Lord Ajay Kakkar, University College London

Professor Barbara Casadei, European Society of Cardiology

Professor K Srinath Reddy, Public Health Foundation of India

Professor Samuel Goldhaber, Harvard Medical School, Boston


17.05 hrs – 17.35 hrs (UK time)

Session 3 – Impacts on the brain and the nervous systems

Chair: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine

Dr Hadi Manji, National Hospital for Neurology, London

Dr Andrew Russman, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio

Professor Emily Holmes, Uppsala University, Sweden


17.35 hrs – 18.05 hrs (UK time)

Session 4 – Looking forward: research, vaccines and future management strategies

Chair: Professor Roger Kirby, President-Elect, Royal Society of Medicine

Dr Andrew Badley, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota

Professor Robin Shattock, Imperial College London

Professor Sian Griffiths, Public Health England


About the Royal Society of Medicine

The Royal Society of Medicine is a leading provider of continuing postgraduate education and learning to the medical profession. Its mission is to advance health, through education and innovation. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the RSM has played a crucial role in supporting clinicians during the crisis. The ground-breaking RSM COVID-19 Series webinar programme continues to make an impact among health professionals and the public seeking essential knowledge and expertise about the disease.

About the Kantor Charitable Foundation

The Kantor Charitable Foundation oversees the philanthropic efforts of Dr Moshe Kantor in the UK.  Its work is motivated by Dr Kantor’s commitment to education and the eradication of intolerance, xenophobia, racism and antisemitism. The causes that The Kantor Charitable Foundation supports in the UK include the Anna Freud Centre, the King Edward VII Hospital, the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal Institution and the Royal Opera House.


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