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

From Holmes to House - 500 years of the diagnostic neurologist

The Holmes to House conference explores where the areas of neuroimmunology, neurogenetics and neuroimaging come from, and where they are heading.

As part of the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) 500th anniversary celebrations, the conference takes place on the birthday of William Gowers, who many consider to be the founder of modern neurology. We examine Gowers and his work through his friend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series, while also looking 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. 

The conference will also discuss how concepts of clinical reasoning have evolved since Gowers' time in the second half of the 19th century, to the 21st century.

Programme highlights

Programme organiser: Dr David Nicholl, Association of British Neurologists.

  • updates on neuroimmunology – how these affect patient care
  • updates in neurogenetics – how these affect patient care
  • updates in neuroimaging
  • the risks of overdiagnosis in neurology
  • clinical reasoning in neurology.

The full programme is now available to download.

Who should attend?

All physicians with an interest in neurology, immunology, genetics, imaging, clinical reasoning or history.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

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

RCP events

The RCP runs a comprehensive programme of conferences on a wide range of topics, offering delegates:

  • cutting-edge clinical education
  • CPD credits, helping delegates to prepare for revalidation
  • opportunities to network
  • updated skills and knowledge.
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 Vincent – where next in neuroimmunology? - Professor Angela Vincent, University of Oxford                 

11.00        Coffee

Session 2

Chair: Professor Angela Vincent, University of Oxford

11.20        TBC                

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

Tags

RCP 500