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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.  A Grand Rounds lunch starts at 12.00 pm, and is followed by the Grand Rounds lecture at 12:30 pm.

    There is no registration fee.

    2020 Hopkins symposium

    The 2020 Hopkins symposium will be held on Wednesday 4th March 2020 in the Ella Latham Lecture Theatre, The Royal Children's Hospital. 

    Please RSVP by 24th February 2020

    Please indicate if you will be attending the lunch and afternoon tea for catering purposes. 

    Videoconferencing is available on request. 


    Time Topic Speaker
    12:00 – 12:30 Grand Rounds Lunch
    12:30 – 13:30 Grand Rounds Lecture: “ Electroencephalography (EEG)
    at RCH: Still Making Waves”
    Dr Simon Harvey, Director, Children's Epilepsy Program, RCH

    13:30 – 13:35

    Hopkins Symposium - Welcome and introduction

    Prof Monique Ryan, Director, Department of Neurology, RCH

    13:35 - 13:50

    Ian Hopkins: clinical acumen, care and craftsmanship

    Dr Lloyd Shield, Former Director of Neurology, RCH

    Theme: Neurodiagnostics in neurology
    13:50 - 14:10 The child with acute onset neurologic deficit A/Prof. Mark Mackay, Neurologist, RCH
    14:10 - 14:30  My child keeps falling over  Dr Eppie Yiu, Neurologist, RCH 
    14:30 - 15:00 Afternoon tea 
    15:00 - 15:20 I think my child is having seizures Dr Katherine Howell, Neurologist, RCH
    15:20 - 15:40  The child with regression A/Prof. Richard Leventer, Neurologist, RCH
    15:40 - 16:00 My child is not yet walking  Prof Monique Ryan, Director, Department of Neurology, RCH 
    16:00 - 16:20 Neurodiagnostics in the homeDr Jeremy Freeman, Neurologist, RCH
    16:20 - 16:35  Top 3 Neurology Papers of 2019  Dr Gabriel Dabscheck, Neurologist, RCH
    16:35 - 17:00 Neurology Quiz Dr Ian Woodcock, Neurologist, RCH