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. It 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.

    2024 Hopkins symposium

    The 2024 Hopkins symposium was held on Wednesday 6th March 2024. The recording is now available for viewing on The Royal Children's Hospital Online Learning Platform

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    The 2025 Hopkins Symposium will be held on 5th March 2025.

    For any further enquiries, please email: neurology.department@rch.org.au

    2024 Program




    12:30 – 13:30

    Grand Rounds:

    Artificial intelligence, big data and minimally invasive technologies: the future of epilepsy therapies

    Dr Emma Macdonald-Laurs, Neurologist 

    13:30 – 13:35

    Webinar link changeover  

    13:35 – 13:40

    Hopkins Symposium - Welcome and introduction

    A/Prof Mark Mackay, Director of Neurology 

    13:40 – 14:00

    Neuromuscular update

    Dr Kathryn Irving, Neurologist

    14:00 – 14:20

    Common epilepsy questions for the neurologist

    Dr Sarah Curnow, Neurologist

    14:20 – 14:40

    Acute encephalitis

    Dr Lauren Taylor, Neurologist

    14:40 – 15:10

    Afternoon tea 

    15:10 – 15:30

    NF1 update

    Dr Gabriel Dabscheck, Neurologist

    15:30 – 15:50

    Complex febrile seizures

    Dr Simon Harvey, Neurologist

    15:50 – 16:10

    My head hurts

    Dr Nicola Fearn, Neurologist
    16:10 – 16:30

    Top 3 papers of 2023

    Prof Richard Leventer, Neurologist
    16:30 – 17:00

    Neurology Quiz

    Dr Ian Woodcock, Neurologist

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