Neurology Update Meeting 2019



The 18th Annual Neurology Update Meeting will be directed by Dr. Raeburn Forbes and will take place on Friday, October 18th, 2019 in the Hilton Hotel, Lanyon Place, Belfast. This meeting is intended to provide information and insights into new diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions for clinicians. Consultant physicians, general practitioners, specialist nurses and allied health professionals, in addition to neurologists and doctors in all areas of training are invited to attend.
This meeting is a designated Neurology Specialist Registrar Training Day.


Dates to Note

  • September 1st - Deadline to reserve accommodation at hotel venue at agreed rates
  • October 4th - Deadline for meeting registration
  • October 18th - 18th Annual Neurogy Update Meeting

Guest Lecture

Prof. Sarosh R Irani will deliver the 2019 Guest Lecture at the Neurology Update Meeting.
Prof. R Irani BMBCh MA (Oxon) DPhil FRCP FEAN  is head of the Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group, and Co-director, Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group, Diagnostic laboratory.
He is a consultant neurologist and clinician-scientist with clinical and laboratory experiences in the field of autoantibody-mediated diseases of the nervous system, in particular the central nervous system. He runs a dedicated clinic for the care of these patients, and run a research group of 20 clinicians and scientists to learn more about the origins and treatments of these diseases.
The title of Prof. Irani's lecture at the Neurology Update Meeting will  be ‘Autoimmune Encephalitis’

Prof. Sarosh Irani


                                               Neurology Update Meeting 2019 Programme

09.30 - 09.50 Registration, Tea and Coffee
09.50 - 10.00 Welcome and Introduction Dr. Raeburn Forbes, Craigavon Area Hospital
                 Session I - Chair: Dr. Raeburn Forbes
10.00 - 10.35 Neurogenetics – pitfalls and benefits of testing Professor Patrick Morrison, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
10.35 - 11.10 Update on Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy. Dr. Mark McCarron, Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry
11.10 - 11.45 ‘When to start and stop anticonvulsants’. Professor Norman Delanty, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
11.45 - 12.10 Tea and Coffee
                           Session II  Guest Lecture - Chair: Dr. Karen McKnight
12.10 - 13.00 Autoimmune Encephalitis’ Prof. Sarosh Irani, Head, Oxford Autoimmune Neurology Group                                                
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
 Session III - Chair: Dr. Jamie Campbell
14.00 - 14.35 ‘Subarachnoid Haemorrhage – diagnosis, investigation and treatment’. Mr. Neil Simms, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
14.35 - 15.10 MS Relapses – do’s and don’ts. Dr. Stella Hughes, Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast
15.10 - 15.25  Tea and Coffee
Session IV - Chair: Dr. Raeburn Forbes
15.25 - 16.00 Functional Neurological Disorders Dr. Ingrid Hoeritzauer, University of Edinburgh.
16.00 - 16.35 ‘Evidence Based Management of Status Epilepticus’ Dr. Michael Kinney, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
16.40 Close of Meeting and Depart


Accreditation for 6 category 1 (external) CPD credits has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Delegates must sign the CPD attendance sheet on arrival at the meeting. Certificates will be issued by email to delegates in the week following the meeting.


The registration fee for the meeting is €50 or £45 Sterling.
To register for the meeting please click on the link to follow Neurology Update Meeting Registration Form
Please complete the form and send by post with the registration fee to: IICN, P.O. Box 351, Limerick before Friday, October 4th.
Alternatively send the form to by email attachment and notify intention to pay by electronic bank transfer. Bank details for payment will be provided to registrants.

 Venue and Directions

The meeting will be held in the Lagan Suite at the Hilton Belfast Hotel, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast. The hotel is easily accessible and is ideally located next to the Waterfront Hall by the river Lagan. It is just a few minutes’ walk from Belfast Central train station and 10 minutes’ drive from George Best Belfast City Airport.
Directions and car parking
Full day car parking is available in the APCOA Car Park adjacent to the Hilton Hotel at a special rate of £12 for conference delegates. Note that delegates should present their parking ticket to the front desk at the Hilton hotel to be vaildated following the meeting, in order to avail of the discounted day parking rate. For detailed maps and directions please click the link to follow Directions Hilton Hotel Belfast


Rooms have been provisionally reserved for conference delegates on Thursday and Friday, October 17th and 18th at agreed rates at the Hilton Hotel. Delegates may reserve rooms at the hotel at the rates below until Tuesday, September 1st . Thereafter rooms bookings will be subject to the normal commercial rates prevailing at the time

For details of accommodation options please click the link to follow NUM2019 Accommodation

 Acknowledgement of Sponsors

The IICN greatly appreciates the support of the following pharmaceutical companies in providing sponsorship support for the meeting.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Roche Pharmaceuticals
Merck Ireland Teva Pharmaceuticals
Sanofi Genzyme AKCEA
Biogen Ireland UNEEG Medical

Sponsors have no editorial control of the meeting programme and the views expressed in this meeting are independent of any sponsorship. Sponsorship is provided wholly and will not influence any prescribing or purchasing decisions favourable to any of the sponsors' commercial interests.

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