The teenage mind, vaccinations, AI and more — press places available for RSM meetings

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Tuesday 18 February – Registration: 08.45

Inside the teenage mind

Psychological and psychiatric problems in adolescence are increasing in frequency in everyday practice for clinicians. This meeting will provide an overview of common clinical problems faced by this vulnerable population. Topics to be explored will include the burden, systemic effects and management of eating disorders; the relationship between eating disorders and specific conditions like diabetes; understanding psychological problems in adolescents with learning difficulties; and sleep patterns and related disorders. Key speakers will include Dr Phillipa Buckley, Consultant Psychiatrist in adolescent eating disorders, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Sarah Bernard, Consultant Psychiatrist with the Mental Health of Learning Disabilities team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; and Dr Michael Farquhar, Consultant in children’s sleep medicine, Evelina London Children’s Healthcare.


Thursday 20 February – Registration: 12.30pm

Spotlight on falling vaccination rates

In 2019, the UK lost its measles-free status from the World Health Organisation, as child vaccination rates in the country fell across the board. With a programme designed specifically for healthcare professionals, this unique event will focus on understanding why vaccination rates are in decline. Experts will share their knowledge about this topical, controversial and globally recognised issue, to enable better understanding and learning.

The programme will explore the extent to which vaccine hesitancy is a factor, how far delivery problems are responsible, and what can be done to address falling vaccination rates. Key speakers include Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation, Public Health England; Dr Heidi Larson, Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; and Helen Donovan, Professional Lead, Public Health Nursing, Royal College of Nursing.


Monday 24 February – Registration: 09.00

Anaphylaxis to food, drug and venom: mechanisms, management and lessons learnt

There have been several high-profile cases of fatal anaphylactic reactions in the last three years. There is a need to learn from these tragic events, increase awareness of the risk factors for fatal anaphylaxis and optimise treatment strategies. This meeting will bring together leading experts in the management of anaphylaxis in both adults and children to provide a comprehensive overview, including an exploration of the epidemiology and risk factors; the mechanism of anaphylaxis; and the differences between anaphylactic reactions to venom, drugs and food.

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