Plagues, neurology, and rehabilitation: polio

Plagues, neurology, and rehabilitation: The history of polio epidemics and how COVID-19 will affect approaches to rehabilitation:

Date and time: Tue 5 Jan 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, online webinar.

Infections affect the nervous system in very different ways giving neuroscience a constant stream of new problems to solve. Robin Howard, Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and St Thomas’ Hospital, will speak on the history of polio and how it set off a series of novel management technology and strategies. These are now part of our normal panoply of interventions in both epidemics and neuro-disability. Catherine Dalton, Consultant Neuro-rehabilitation at St George’s Hospital, will consider what new issues we are seeing in patients after COVID-19 and what adaptation services are currently making. Key speakers will also discuss how this may play out with future innovations.

During this webinar delegates will:

          • Learn about the history of polio
          • See how the physical and respiratory problems required new approaches
          • Understand why the population (in terms of numbers and ages) affected led to innovations in rehabilitation delivery
          • Understand what problems COVID-19 is bringing to rehabilitation services now
          • Consider how services need to develop to face this new challenge

Programme:

6:00pm
Welcome and introduction
Dr Bridget MacDonald, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

6:05pm
Plagues, neurology, and rehabilitation: The history of the polio epidemics and how COVID-19 will affect approaches to rehabilitation
Dr Robin Howard, Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and St Thomas’ Hospital

6:45pm
Plagues, neurology, and rehabilitation: The history of the polio epidemics and how COVID-19 will affect approaches to rehabilitation
Dr Catherine Dalton, Consultant Neurologist, St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

7:00pm
Question and answer session

7:15pm
Close of webinar

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