St Luke's Symposium 2021 - Focus on Global Vaccination

St Luke's Symposium 2021 - Focus on Global Vaccination

14 & 15 October 2021 | Virtual event

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The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s annual flagship event, St Luke’s Symposium, will take place on 14th and 15th October 2021. The Annual Stated Meeting of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland takes place on Monday, 18 October 2021. 

A steering committee, led by the RCPI Director of Education and Academic Programmes, Dr Sinéad Murphy with representatives from all of the RCPI Faculties and Institutes, have developed a lively and thought-provoking line-up of topic and sessions where experts from home and abroad will share their knowledge, experience and views on vaccination, the pandemic and beyond.

This year, once again, the symposium will be online with speakers coming from our home, No 6 Kildare Street. All talks will be recorded so they will be available to watch back if you miss them.

 

Day one | Session one

The COVID-19 vaccine - Where are we now? An Irish and global perspective

Thursday 14 October 2021 | 2pm – 3:30pm | 2 CPD 

Prof Mary Horgan, RCPI President, opens St Luke's Symposium 2021.

The session will be chaired by Prof Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

Dr Sinéad Murphy, RCPI Director of Education and Academic Programmes, will introduce each of the session and speakers.

This opening session is an opportunity for us to assess the global situation, in terms of COVID-19 and vaccination bringing many perspectives together.

We are delighted that Professor Sir Andrew J. Pollard FMedSci, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity at the University of Oxford and the Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group will open this session, giving insights into the development of vaccines and what the evidence tells us at this stage in the pandemic.

This will be followed by updates on COVID-19 and vaccination from our colleagues in Sudan, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Malaysia, New Zealand and the USA from:

  • Dr Zainab AlMusa, Infectious Disease Consultant at King Fahad specialist hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

  • Professor Victor Mukonka, Director General, Zambia National Public Health Institute and Partner to the HSE-RCPI Equals initiative in Zambia

  • Professor Mohammed Ranavaya, MD, JD, MS, FRCPI, FFOM, CIME, Chief Division of Occupational, Environmental and Disability Medicine, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, USA, and President of American Board of Independent Medical Examiners

  • Dr Ayat Abu-Agla, Community Medicine consultant, Khartoum, Sudan

  • Professor Rod Jackson, Professor Epidemiology, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

  • Dr Nahed Seddiq, Internal Medicine & Infectious diseases specialist , Bahrain Defense Force / Royal Medical Services – Kingdom Of Bahrain

This will be followed by conversation with Prof Chris Fitzpatrick, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and HSE Clinical Lead for COVID-19 Vaccinations for the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, and Prof David Weakliam, Global Health Programme Director, HSE, will discuss the challenges we now face, looking at issues including global equity when it comes to vaccination.

Other speakers will be announced shortly. 

This event is a benefit of your Membership and Fellowship and is FREE for RCPI Trainees, Members and Fellows who are in good standing. There is a €50.00 fee for all other attendees.

Book your place at this session using the booking links at the bottom of this page. 


Day one | Session two

Is the COVID-19 vaccine the Holy Grail?

Thursday 14 October 2021 | 4pm – 5:30pm | 2 CPD

The session will be chaired by Dr Eoin Slattery, MD FRCPI, Consultant Gastroenterologist & Honorary Senior Lecturer, Group Clinical Lead for Endoscopy and Gastroenterology National Speciality Director for Training.

 Dr Sinéad Murphy, RCPI Director of Education and Academic Programmes, will introduce the session and speakers.

Our panel of experts will explore the benefits and limitations of the COVID-19 vaccines for various groups.

Prof Mary Keogan, Consultant Immunologist at Beaumont Hospital and incoming Dean of the RCPI Faculty of Pathology will discuss the impact of the vaccines and the next steps in combatting SARs COV2.

Dr Cliona Murphy, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Coombe Hospital and Chair, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists will focus on pregnancy and vaccination and how the advice has evolved with each wave of the virus.

Dr Eoghan de Barra, Consultant in Infectious Diseases in Beaumont Hospital, will discuss various medically-vulnerable patient groups and how the vaccine may not be the solution for such patients.

Other speakers will be announced shortly.

The talks will be followed by a live discussion, and question and answer session.

This event is a benefit of your Membership and Fellowship and is FREE for RCPI Trainees, Members and Fellows who are in good standing. There is a €50.00 fee for all other attendees.

Book your place at this session using the booking links at the bottom of this page.


Day one | Public Talk

A Guide to Living with COVID-19

Thursday 14 October 2021 | 7pm- 8:30pm | 2 CPD | Free to attend

Prof Mary Horgan, RCPI President and Consultant in Infectious Diseases will chair this session.

Dr Sinéad Murphy, RCPI Director of Education and Academic Programmes, will introduce the public talk and speakers.

Living with COVID-19 is becoming the new normal. RCPI is delighted to gather a panel of experts who will discuss everything about the COVID-19 vaccines, the new reality for women who are pregnant or thinking of having a baby and what to expect when returning to the office.

Prof Karina Butler, Consultant Paediatrician and Chair, National Immunisation Advisory Committee

Dr Cliona Murphy, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Coombe Hospital and Chair, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Prof Seán Kennelly, Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine, Tallaght University Hospital

Dr Deirdre Gleeson, Specialist in Occupational Medicine, Medwise

Other speakers will be announced shortly.

The talks will be followed by a live discussion, and question and answer session.

Book your place at this session using the booking links at the bottom of this page.


Day two 

Where to next – the pandemic and beyond

Friday 15 October 2021 | 2pm – 3:30pm | 2 CPD

Dr Sinéad Murphy, RCPI Director of Education and Academic Programmes, will introduce the session and speakers.

This session is an opportunity to hear from leading experts and the likely way forward as we move beyond the pandemic.

Dr Susan Hopkins, Interim Chief Public Health and Clinical Advisor, UK Health Security Agency, and Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Royal Free London, will explore the UK progress on validating and evaluating the use of lateral flow devices to diagnose symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 and the role of these devices as part of the public health interventions.

Dr Cillian De Gascun, MD, FRCPI, FRCPath (Virology), FFPathRCPI, Consultant Virologist and Laboratory Director, and Member of National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

Prof Pete Lunn, Behavioural Economist ESRI, will talk about the behavioural factors influencing Covid-19 vaccination.

Other speakers will be announced shortly.

The talks will be followed by a live discussion, and question and answer session. 

This event is a benefit of your Membership and Fellowship and is FREE for RCPI Trainees, Members and Fellows who are in good standing. There is a €50.00 fee for all other attendees.

Book your place at this session using the booking links at the bottom of this page.

 

 

This year’s St Luke’s Symposium steering committee was led by Dr Sinead Murphy, Director of Education and Academic Programmes at RCPI and supported by Dr Blánaid Hayes, Faculty of Occupational Health Medicine | Karyn Harty, RCPI Council Member | Prof Mary Keogan, Incoming Dean RCPI Faculty of Pathology | Prof Chris Fitzpatrick, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists | Dr Mohammed Ranavaya, RCPI Council Member | Dr Sarah Geoghegan, RCPI Faculty of Paediatrics | Prof David Weakliam, RCPI Faculty of Public Health Medicine | Prof Anto O’Regan, RCPI Institute of Medicine | Dr Terry McWade, RCPI CEO | Siobhán Creaton, Head of Communications and Public Affairs

Meet the speakers

Day one | Session one | The COVID-19 vaccine - Where are we now? An Irish and global perspective

Professor Sir Andrew J. Pollard FMedSci

Professor Pollard is Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Oxford and an honorary consultant paediatrician at Oxford Children’s Hospital and Fellow of St Cross College. He received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2021 for services to Public Health, especially in the pandemic.

His research includes the design, development and clinical evaluation of vaccines in UK, Asia, Africa and Latin America, including those for typhoid, meningococcus, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcus, plague, pertussis, influenza, rabies, coronavirus and Ebola, and leads studies using a human challenge model of paratyphoid and typhoid. He was the chief investigator for the clinical trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in 2020, which led to authorisation of the vaccine for use in more than 170 countries with over 1 billion doses distributed by mid-July 2021. He has supervised 37 PhD students and his publications includes over 500 manuscripts and books on various topics in paediatrics and infectious diseases. He chairs the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, is a member of WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts. He received the Bill Marshall Award of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Disease (ESPID) in 2013, the ESPID Distinguished Award for Education and Communication in 2015 and the Rosén von Rosenstein medal in 2019 awarded by the Swedish Paediatric Society and the Swedish Society of Medicine. He was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2016.

Dr Zainab AlMusa, Infectious Disease Consultant at King Fahad specialist hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Professor Victor Mukonka, Director General, Zambia National Public Health Institute and Partner to the HSE-RCPI Equals initiative in Zambia
(Picture and bio to follow shortly)

Professor Mohammed Ranavaya, MD, JD, MS, FRCPI, FFOM, CIME

Prof Ranavaya is Professor and Chief Division of Occupational, Environmental and Disability Medicine at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Marshall University. He is also President of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.

Dr Ayat Abu-Agla, Community Medicine consultant, Khartoum, Sudan
(Picture and bio to follow shortly)

Professor Rod Jackson, Professor Epidemiology, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Dr Nahed Seddiq, Internal Medicine & Infectious diseases specialist , Bahrain Defense Force / Royal Medical Services – Kingdom Of Bahrain
(Picture and bio to follow shortly)

Professor Chris Fitzpatrick, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and HSE Clinical Lead for COVID-19 Vaccinations for the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group

Professor David Weakliam, Global Health Programme Director, HSE 


Day one | Session two | Is the COVID-19 vaccine the Holy Grail?

Prof Mary Keogan, Consultant Immunologist at Beaumont Hospital and incoming Dean of the RCPI Faculty of Pathology

Dr Cliona Murphy, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Coombe Hospital and Chair, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, RCPI

Dr Eoghan de Barra, Consultant in Infectious Diseases in Beaumont Hospital


Day one | Public Talk | A Guide to Living with COVID-19

Professor Karina Butler, Consultant Paediatrician and Chair, National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC)

Dr Cliona Murphy, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Coombe Hospital and Chair, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, RCPI

Professor Sean Kennelly, Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine, Tallaght University Hospital

Professor Kennelly is a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine in Tallaght University Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Medical Gerontology in Trinity College. He is Director of the Institute for Memory and Cognition, and the Cognitive Clinical Trials Unit in Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin. He is principle investigator on the NH-COVAIR project which is investigating predictors of disease severity, clinical outcomes, and antiviral immune responses to COVID-19 and vaccinations in Nursing Home Residents. He is co-lead investigator on Dementia Trials Ireland, a national clinical trials network, and is chair of Dementia Research Network Ireland (DRNI).

A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London & Ireland, he has extensively published in his main research areas of Ageing, brain health and dementia. He has served as chief and principal investigator on several international clinical trials in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. He has served as principle investigator and lead-clinical advisor on several industry collaborations investigating novel applications of digital biomarkers in detection of cognitive decline. He is a member of the clinical and research advisory panel for the Alzheimer's Society Ireland and a principal investigator in the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is a faculty member for the Global Brain Health Institute in Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Deirdre Gleeson, Specialist in Occupational Medicine, Medwise

Dr Deirdre Gleeson graduated in 1992 from Trinity College, Dublin and completed vocational training in General Practice in 1996. Dr Gleeson completed the specialist registrar-training program with The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 2004 and is now a Fellow of the Faculty.

In 2005, Dr Gleeson founded Medwise Occupational Health Services, which has clinics in Swords and Naas and a mobile occupational health surveillance unit: Medwise Mobile Medicals. Medwise is accredited with SEQOHS: Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service.

Dr Gleeson has a special interest in occupational injury case management, sickness absence assessment and all aspects of fitness for work.

Dr Gleeson set up the Medwise Calcutta Project to help street children and regularly travels to Calcutta to volunteer in a health clinic. www.medwise.ie | www.mobilemedicals.ie

 


Day two | Where to next – the pandemic and beyond

Dr Susan Hopkins, Interim Chief Public Health and Clinical Advisor, UK Health Security Agency
Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Royal Free London

Dr Susan Hopkins is Interim Chief Public Health and Clinical Advisor, UK Health Security Agency and Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Royal Free London. She is Chair of the Overview Committee of the English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) which aims to develop, maintain and disseminate robust data relevant to antimicrobial use and stewardship for us across healthcare settings and to measure the impact of antimicrobial use and stewardship on patient safety.

Her main research interests are in outbreak investigation and surveillance and healthcare associated infections. She is a member of many national expert groups and Chairs the Royal College of Physicians working group on HCAI and sits on the PHE’s HCAI & AMR Programme Board and on the MHRA Expert Advisory Group on Anti-Infectives. She has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and is Programme Director for the UCL MSc in Healthcare associated Infection Control.

Dr Cillian De Gascun, MD, FRCPI, FRCPath (Virology), FFPathRCPI, Consultant Virologist and Laboratory Director, and Member of National Immunisation Advisory Committee.

 

Prof Pete Lunn, Head of Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI

Professor Pete Lunn is the founder and head of the Behavioural Research Unit (BRU) at the ESRI. His primary area of study is how people make decisions that affect their financial, environmental and health outcomes. The BRU has pioneered the use of experimental methods for addressing policy problems in Ireland.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the BRU has undertaken multiple studies on compliance with public health guidance, risk perception and willingness to be vaccinated, including the regular Social Activity Measure for the Department of the Taoiseach. Pete has served on the Behavioural Change Subgroup of NPHET, the Communications and Behavioural Advisory Committee to the Department of Health, the Rapid Testing Expert Advisory Group.

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