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March meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine

Here are the March meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine.


Monday, 4th March – Registration: 09.00

Cellular therapies and transplantation for autoimmunity and cancer

Stem cell therapies for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, systemic sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases will be discussed at this meeting, together with CAR-T cell therapy to treat blood and solid cancers. The keynote speaker, Dr Richard Burt, Chief of Immunotherapy and Autoimmune Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, will talk about the aims and outcomes of the first and only trial of its kind to testhaematopoietic stem cell transplantation for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Other key speakers will include Professor Paolo Muraro, Imperial College London; Professor John Snowden, University of Sheffield; and Professor Karl Peggs and Dr Martin Pule, both of University College London.


Tuesday 26th March – Registration: 13.00

Spotlight on whistle-blowing

This meeting will bring together policymakers, researchers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals to understand the climate for whistle-blowers within the NHS. Themes will include the impact on patient safety of dysfunctional teams. There will be personal viewpoints from patient and doctor, and the keynote speaker will be Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care. The panel of speakers will include Mr Justice O’Hara, who led the inquiry into the deaths from hyponatraemia of five children in Northern Ireland; Professor Mike Bewick, Deputy Medical Director, NHS England; and Dame Clare Marx, Chair, General Medical Council.


Wednesday 27th March – Registration 08.30

Occupational health in the performing arts: The original gig economy

The performing and visual arts sector contributes more than £5.4 billion a year to the UK economy. The most recent statistics show that this industry accounts for around 5.6% of total UK jobs. This meeting will explore how the health of performers, and the self-employed more broadly in the context of the gig economy, can be better supported. The keynote speaker will be Professor Aaron Williamon, Professor of Performance Science, Royal College of Music and Imperial College London. BBC Radio 4 newsreader Mr Zeb Soanes will give a performer’s perspective and Mr Colin Thomas, Chief Medical Officer at the BBC will discuss emerging occupational health issues in broadcasting, including meeting the health and work needs of freelance workers. Dr Rob Hampton, Public Health England Medical Champion for Work, will offer thoughts on the self-employed and the gig economy from a public health, occupational health and GP perspective.


Thursday 28th March – Registration 18.00

Psychiatry in dialogue with society – distinguished lecture

During this lecture Sir Michael Rutter, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, will present the concepts and findings on nature-nurture interplay as they apply to mental disorders. There cannot be any meaningful subdivision into ‘good’ genes and ‘bad’ genes. The idea that the level of heritability sets limits on what can be modified is misleading, as is the partially wrong claim that the genetic findings on traits in the general population are the same as those applying to clinically defined extreme groups.


  • For further information or to request a press pass email media@rsm.ac.uk or call Rosalind Dewar on 01580 764713
  • You will need to register for all meetings.
  • All meetings take place at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE, unless otherwise noted.