Description

Neurology practice has evolved at a remarkable and exciting pace over the last two decades, driven by the advances of genetic technologies and paralleled by a similar progress in therapeutics. As a jobbing neurologist, it is challenging to keep abreast with all the advances made within the various neurology subspecialties. Our programme reflects, in a microcosm, the diversity of Neurology and its inherent complexity.In this symposium we discuss common mundane neurological topics (stroke, headache, epilepsy, dementia). We hear an update on the management of these disorders with emphasis on available new drugs. We also discuss less commonly encountered entities such as autoimmune encephalitis and myasthenia gravis.Our keynote speaker will discuss diverse gene therapies, which are being researched and applied across various genetic neurological disorders. These therapies will be a significant game-changer in the management of degenerative and genetic neurological disorders. In the future we may be in a position where we can offer patients these treatments to prevent the manifestation of a gene-driven disease rather than simply aiming to stabilise a condition.Our final session is dedicated to functional neurological disorders (FND) – how to recognise, diagnose and manage FND. FND is a common problem in the neurology clinic. Two lectures on physical and psychological treatment will highlight how new transparent and multidisciplinary approaches to treatment have emerged in recent years for these disabling conditions.The symposium is aimed at students, doctors in training, GPs, general physicians and neurologists. We hope that the audience will find all sessions of interest and thought-provoking, and that the programme will stimulate discussion even beyond the day of the symposium.Dr Maria FarrugiaChair, Organising Committee