From Holmes to House - 500 years of the diagnostic neurologist

When and where

20 March 2018
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE

Past event

From Holmes to House - 500 years of the diagnostic neurologist

The Holmes to House conference will explore historic and recent developments in neurology and examine frontiers in neurogenetics, imaging and neuroimmunology.

Taking place on the birthday of William Gowers (1845–1915), who many consider to be the founder of modern neurology, the conference will examine concepts of clinical reasoning in Gowers' work and that of his friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in the Sherlock Holmes series.

The conference will also look at the era of big data in genetics, immunology and imaging, and how these are being used in patient care with both potential benefits and risks.

This is a great opportunity to both reflect back and look forward to pioneering physicians and to hear and discuss the findings of world-class speakers on clinical reasoning, imaging, genetics and overdiagnosis.

Dr David Nicholl, programme organiser

The event is co-badged with the Association of British Neurologists (ABN).

Programme highlights

  • updates in neuroimmunology, neurogenetics and neuroimaging, and how these affect patient care
  • risks of overdiagnosis in neurology
  • clinical reasoning in neurology.

Programme organiser: Dr David Nicholl

Dr David Nicholl has taught neurology in Kenya and Tanzania with the RCP / British Council Medical Training and Fellowship (METAF) programme.

Dr David Nicholl is clinical lead for neurology at City Hospital Birmingham and an RCP tutor at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. He is the honorary secretary of the ABN and on the Board of Trustees and Council at the RCP.

Dr Nicholl is passionate about clinical reasoning, medical education and clinical neurology. You can find out more about his research by following @TOSStudyGroup on Twitter.

This conference will be of interest to a very broad range of physicians and not just neurologists as we look forward to the next 500 years of the specialty.

Dr David Nicholl, programme organiser

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

For information on sponsorship and exhibition opportunities please contact jo.summers@rcplondon.ac.uk.

Presentations

Please find below the presentations from the day. Please note, if there is a presentation missing, RCP does not have the permissions to share the content.

Programme

From Holmes to House – 500 years of the diagnostic neurologist (Co-badged with the Association of British Neurologists)

Programme organiser: Dr David Nicholl, Association of British Neurologists

09.30          Registration and coffee                 

09.55          Welcome and opening remarks - Dr David Nicholl, Association of British Neurologists

Session 1

Chair: Dr Jon Sussman, Association of British Neurologists

10.00        The origins of neurological clinical reasoning – the strange case of William Gowers and Sherlock Holmes - Professor Andrew Lees, University College London

10.30        Neuroimmunology (1): From Ehrlich to the 21st Century – where next in neuroimmunology? - Professor Angela Vincent, University of Oxford                 

11.00        Coffee

Session 2

Chair: Professor Angela Vincent, University of Oxford

11.20        Neuroimmunology (2): The future of neuroimmunology – paraneoplastic syndromes

                 Dr Anu Jacob, The Walton Centre    

11.50        Neuroimmunology (3): The psychiatric borderlands and neuroimmunology - Professor Belinda Lennox, University of Oxford

12.20        Neurogenetics (1): From Mendel to Venter – the era of big data - Professor Nick Wood, University College London              

12.50        Lunch

Session 3

Chair: Professor Nick Wood, University College London

13.50        Neurogenetics (2): Mitochondrial genetics – moving from diagnosis to treatment - Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, Newcastle University

14.20        Neuroimaging (1): From Röentgen to Mansfield - Professor Joanna Wardlaw, The University of Edinburgh

14.50        Neuroimaging (2): The role of imaging and UK Biobank - Professor Paul Matthews, Imperial College London  

15.20        Tea

Session 4

Chair: Dr David Nicholl, Association of British Neurologists

15.40        The risks of over-diagnosis in neurology – a 21st century ill? - Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, The University of Edinburgh                   

16.10        The strange case of the clinical examination in the 21st century and Dr House -  Professor Andrew Elder, MRCP(UK)                  

16.40        Closing remarks by the chair

16.45        Close of the conference