The Royal Society of Medicine is pleased to be hosting its 16th Medical Innovations Summit on Saturday 14th April 2018. Information on the speakers at the 16th summit will be announced here. You can watch the presentations from the previous summits through our RSM Videos website here which showcases innovators we have been privileged to host in the past.
Five years ago, in April 2013, Lord Saatchi visited the RSM to speak about his medical innovations bill. Now he returns to the RSM to explain what challenges he faced, why the bill had to be amended and what ultimately led to the Access to Medical Treatment (Medical Innovation) Act. Following his legislative success, Lord Saatchi has recently proposed the urgent need for a Royal Commission on the long term future of the NHS.
"Half of lifetime mental ill health, is already present by the age of 14" according to the Department of Health. Suzi Godson, a psychologist and journalist and Dr Kerstyn Comley, an educational technologist have established 'MeeTwo' - an award-winning app which is a unique early intervention solution to adolescent anxiety. Using the (fully moderated) app, young people can post problems, share solutions and access expert help, educational resources and a directory with links to a broad range of support groups.
Many populations are experiencing an explosion in diabetes and as a consequence, rising and substantial hospital costs. What to do? In an innovative and extraordinary approach, Yaron Neudorfer, the CEO of Social Finance Israel, has secured $19 million to run an experimental programme with over 2000 citizens who are pre-disposed to diabetes. This is a major preventative public health initiative, financed in a highly unusual way. Mr Neudorfer is flying in from Israel and this is his first speaking engagement in the UK.
Over 1.1 billion people worldwide lack formal identification, preventing access to essential services for the people who need them most. Simprints are building open source software and biometric hardware to empower mobile tools used by researchers, NGOs, and governments fighting poverty around the world. In August, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation granted Simprints $2 million following an innovation competition, to prevent maternal deaths in hardest-to-reach world regions. Dan Storisteanu is a co-founder of this Cambridge-based tech not-for-profit.
From the ward to the Board, everyone can make suggestions on improving their workplace and receive updates on implementation. But how can healthcare professionals better communicate ideas to management? Lara Mott is the co-founder and CEO of ImproveWell which works with a number of NHS Trusts to aggregate data, complete feedback loops and facilitates shared knowledge. Dr Amar Shah, a consultant forensic psychiatrist and chief quality officer, will speak about the impact ImproveWell has had at East London NHS Foundation Trust.
Each year outbreaks of flu cause 3-5 million cases of severe disease and approximately 500,000 deaths worldwide. Currently no single vaccine can give immunity against even a majority of circulating flu virus strains. Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University and co-founder of Vaccitech, will be speaking about a number of vaccines going through clinical trials, including one which Vaccitech hopes to increase protection for the over-65s and another for prostate cancer.
How does a child with a significant illness learn about their condition, their treatment, the medical staff they will meet and the hospital environment they may live in? Should kids rely on what their parents tell them and is this the most effective way for them to learn? Dom Raban's daughter had a rare form of bone cancer and whilst the clinical care she received was excellent, information and communication for his daughter was lacking. As the MD of a digital innovation agency based in Manchester, Dom decided to build the world's first healthcare app to use augmented reality, gamification and artificial intelligence to deliver health information directly to children.
The first gene therapy to restore sight to individuals who suffer from a rare inherited form of blindness was recently approved by the US-based FDA. The treatment was developed by Spark Therapeutics (with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania) and represents the first US therapy for a disease caused by mutations in a single gene. Dr Katherine High, who is flying in from the US, is the president, head of R & D and co-founder of Sparks Therapeutics.
In 2015, the RSM hosted Lord Darzi and Mostafa Sulayman to talk about the potential of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Three years on, a two year partnership between DeepMind (part of Google) and Moorfields Eye Hospital has showed promising signs in analysing retinal scans for signs of glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Dr Dominic King will speak about the challenges experienced at the Royal Free Hospital, success at Moorfields and plans for DeepMind to partner with UCL to analyse radiotherapy scans and Imperial College, to look at mammograms.
Data suggests that up to 60% of patients with depression do not take medicines as prescribed. Nor do more than half those with asthma and two-thirds with HIV. The internet of things possibly offers the prospect of tackling this. In November the US-based FDA gave approval to Otsuka Pharmaceutical to market a version of its antipsychotic drug Abilify, which has an ingestible sensor embedded in the tablet. Commentators have described this as the world's first digital medicine. The sensor was devised by Proteus Digital Health and their co-founder, president and chief executive Andrew Thompson, is flying in from California to explain why the company has invested over $500m in technology platform and product development.
In 2015, approximately 2 million people in the UK sought advice for mental health issues - 800,000 up since 2010. Meanwhile the number of mental health nurses fell by nearly 15% during the same period. Innovation may be the key to addressing some of these issues. Might virtual-reality therapy help people with mental health challenges, including those with phobias, paranoia, pain management and post-traumatic stress disorder? Daniel Freeman, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford, will be co-presenting with Professor Mel Slater who is flying in from Barcelona.
Dehydration is a huge issue for families, carers and nurses, when looking after older people at home, in care homes and in hospitals. Ellie Van Leeuwen studied product design at Bournemouth University where she designed a product called Droplet to remind people to drink on a regular basis. Droplet uses personalised audio messages and flashing lights to encourage people to drink more and to alert healthcare professionals if the person is not drinking regularly. She has been working with a manufacturer called Spearmark for the past three years to bring Droplet to market. Droplet has been developed in partnership with over 100 healthcare professionals. A recent trial at Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset, proved successful and as a result it is hoped the 'Droplet' mug will be rolled out across the NHS and beyond.
How can a school cut exclusions and referrals to mental health services, to zero?! Jane Brinson, an integrative child psychologist and Katy Whitney, will explain how Highgate Primary School in London - with a school roll of over 450 pupils, transformed the usual pastoral function into an innovative grassroots model that has achieved incredible results. Last year the school's therapeutic team won a public services award from The Guardian.
Zeinab is a medical student at King’s College London, currently intercalating a Master’s degree in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is president-elect of the Royal Society of Medicine Student Section and student representative of the General Practice with Primary Care Section. With key interests in medical innovation, clinical leadership and policy, she recently co-chaired the Royal Society of Medicine Student Policy Initiative on encouraging innovation at medical school. Zeinab is passionate about promoting the role of clinicians as leaders and is a scholar with The Healthcare Leadership Academy.
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Professor Sir Simon Wessely MD, FRCP, FRCPSYCH, FMEDSCI.
Sir Simon is Regius Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Director, King’s Centre for Military Health Research and Academic Department of Military Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He is President of the RSM 2017-2020.
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