IICN Meetings

18th Annual Neurology Update Meeting



 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 Director's Invitation Guest Lecture
Programme Continuing Professional Development Registration
Venue and Directions Accommodation Acknowledgement of Sponsors

 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

 Director's invitation

The Board of the IICN invites you to attend the Annual Neurology Update Meeting, now in its 18th Year.  We welcome delegates from any branch of clinical medicine involved in the care of people with neurological conditions. From clinical advice and diagnostic tips to novel therapies and neurogenomics, the programme covers a wide range of topics.  Our speakers are some of the most distinguished clinical neurologists, all experts in their specialty fields. The format of the meeting allows time for delegates to ask those questions most pertinent to their clinical practice. Places are limited and the last few years have been fully subscribed, so please make sure you register early.

 On behalf of the IICN I look forward to welcoming you to Belfast on October 18th.

                                                             -   Dr Raeburn Forbes MD(Hons) FRCP, Director IICN 18th Annual Neurology Update Meeting
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 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’




                                                               Neurology Update Meeting 2019 Programme

09.30 - 09.50 Registration and Tea and Coffee
09.50 - 10.00 Welcome and Introduction Dr. Raeburn Forbes, Craigavon Area Hospital, Armagh.
  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
1300 - 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 info@iicn.ie 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

Accommodation options at Hilton Hotel for Neurology Update Meeting delegates

Room Type  Rate    To reserve your room Reservation deadline Cancellation policy
Single Occupancy B&B  £129  Telephone the Hilton Hotel at 02890 277000 (04890 277000 from ROI)  and quote the confirmation number to follow #3119624474 September 9th 28 days
Double Occupancy B&B  £139  Telephone the Hilton Hotel at 02890 277000 (04890 277000 from ROI) and quote the confirmation number to follow #3119624474 September 9th 28 days

 Acknowledgement of Sponsors

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

  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • Roche Pharmaceuticals
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • Novartis Pharmaceticals
  • Merck Serono
  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • AKCEA  
  • Biogen Ireland     
  • UNEEG Medical 
  • Eisai Pharmaceuticals

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