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Hopkins Symposium

  • The Hopkins symposium honours Dr Ian Hopkins, the first trained paediatric neurologist in Australia and founder of the symposium.  The symposium has been run annually since 1979. It is designed primarily for general paediatricians, and aims to cover practical topics in paediatric neurology.

    The Hopkins symposium is held on the first Wednesday of March each year at the Royal Children's Hospital, usually from 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm. The symposium will be virtual for 2021.  Please register for joining instructions. There is no registration fee.

    2021 Hopkins symposium

    The 2021 Hopkins symposium was held on Wednesday 3rd March 2021. Due to restrictions in group gatherings, the symposium was virtual and live streamed with a shorter program than usual.

    UPDATE: Official recordings are now available for viewing! See below.  (Please note Grand Rounds recording is available on the separate Grand Rounds page which is hyperlinked and slides are available where the talk is not recorded.) 

    We value your comments and feedback! If you attended the symposium or would like to provide feedback after viewing the recordings, please complete our feedback survey to help us improve future symposia.  The survey will be open until 13th March 2021. 


    Time Topic Speaker

    12:30 – 13:30

    Grand Rounds Lecture:

    Complex Movement Disorders - the Genesis of Contemporary Care

    Complex Movement Disorders Team, RCH

    Ms Alison Wray, Director of Neurosurgery

    Dr Giuliana Antolovich, Clinical Stream Leader Physical Disability,

          Neurodevelopment & Disability

    Dr Eunice Chan, Neurologist

    Dr Neil Wimalasundera, Clinical Director of

          Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service

    13:30 – 13:35

    Hopkins Symposium - Welcome and introduction

    Prof Monique Ryan, Director, Department of Neurology, RCH

    13:35 - 13:55

    Cerebral palsy that got weaker

    Prof Richard Leventer, Neurologist, RCH

    13:55 - 14:40

    The child with funny movements - Case 1

    Dr Trupti Jadhav, Neurologist, RCH


    The child with funny movements - Case 2 (Slides available, not recorded)

    Dr Gabriel Dabscheck, Neurologist, RCH


    The child with funny movements - Case 3

    Dr Eunice Chan, Neurologist, RCH

    14:40 - 14:50


    14:50 - 15:10

    A practical approach to neonatal seizures

    Dr Emma Macdonald-Laurs, Neurologist, RCH

    15:10 - 15:35

    Neurology Quiz

    Dr Ian Woodcock, Neurologist, RCH 

    Recording Part 1

    • 00:00 Welcome and Introduction
    • 04:03 Case of cerebral palsy that got weaker
    • 24:18 The child with funny movements - Case 1

    Recording Part 2

    • 00:00 The child with funny movements - Case 3
    • 21:05 A practical approach to neonatal seizures
    • 40:39 Neurology Quiz
    • 58:50 Closing comments

    2022 Hopkins symposium - save the date!

    The 2022 Hopkins symposium will be held next year on Wednesday 2nd March 2022.

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