Imperial College Paediatrics Conference 2019

‘The New Era of Paediatrics: Technology in Practice’

26th January 2019 Glenister Lecture Theatre, Hammersmith, Hammersmith and Fulham, W6 8RF, United Kingdom



Imperial College London Paediatrics Society will be hosting our Annual Conference on the 26th January 2019, titled “The New Era in Paediatrics: Technology in Practice”.

Advancements in technology have greatly improved paediatric outcomes over the years. This event will involve talks by worldrenowned paediatricians regarding these technological advancements and what pursuing a career in paediatrics and neonatology entails, an insight into global inequalities in paediatriccare, and much more. There will also be various workshops focussing on a variety of topics ranging from research opportunities, career advice and emergency medicine in paediatricsto an introduction to coding which will be run by our very own coding for medics society.

There will also be an opportunity for fellow students to present posters showcasing any paediatric research that they have been involved.

Aims and Objectives

  • Provide an insight into what a career in paediatrics involves
  • Provide an insight into what a career in neonatology involves
  • Improvements in paediatric outcomes over the years due to technological advancements
  • How to pursue a career in paediatrics
  • How to get involved in research
  • How to manage paediatric emergencies
  • Reality of paediatrics in a global setting despite technological advances
  • An insight into the use of coding and technology in paediatrics, including an introduction to Python
  • Poster presentations to provide fellow students with the opportunity to showcase any paediatric research that they have been involved

Fee, Date and Venue

  • Date : 26th January 2019
  • Time: 1000-1700 hours
  • Venue : Glenister Lecture Theatre, Hammersmith, Hammersmith and Fulham, W6 8RF, United Kingdom
  • Conference Fee: £ 8.00
  • No of Places Available : 50
  • Target Audience : Medical Students, and A-level students


Organising Team


Our Programme

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  • Dr Subarna Chakravorty, MBBS, FRCPath, MRCPCH,PhD
    Dr Subarna Chakravory is a Paediatric Haematologist with a special interest in red cell disorders. She led the Paediatric Haemoglobinopathy team at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for 5 years, where she was involved in the bone marrow transplant programme for paediatric sickle cell disease and thalassaemia. Subsequently, Dr Chakravorty joint the red cell team at King’s College Hospital in July 2015.

    Dr Chakravorty was the Paediatric deputy lead for the National Haemoglobinopathy Peer Review for 2015-2016 and is a member of the National forum for Haemoglobin disorders. She also led the ‘Sickle Cell Early Years Theme’ of the ‘Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care’ (CLAHRC) in North West London and with her team developed a validated patient experience tool for Sickle Cell disease with funding from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity. Dr Chakravorty is currently serving as Chair of the NHS England London Region Haemoglobinopathies Forum.

    She is interest in adolescent health and has been involved in a number of patient engagement projects with young people with haemoglobin disorders, which has led to the development of mobile phone ‘apps’ and self-help programmes.

    Dr Chakravorty is also interested in clinical and molecular research in sickle cell disease and is involved in a number of scientific projects at Imperial and King’s College London.
  • Professor Neena Modi, MB ChB MD FRCP FRCPCH FFPM
    Professor Modi is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London. Following her qualification from the University of Edinburgh, she undertook specialist training in neonatal medicine at University College Hospital London, and the University of Liverpool. Currently, she has clinical duties as an Honorary Consultant in Neonatal Medicine based at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust where she is the senior consultant in a team providing neonatal services for a tertiary referral service and lead medical and surgical perinatal service for north-west London.

    Professor Modi was also the former RCPH President from 2015 to March 2018. She has held many other roles, including President of the UK Neonatal Society, President of the Academic Paediatrics Association of Great Britain and Ireland, chair of The British Medical Ethics committee, and Chair of the NHS England Infant, Children and Young People Patient Safety Expert Group.

    She led the development of the UK National Neonatal Research Database and now directs this national and international resource for research, quality improvement, audit and surveillance that contains detailed information on all admissions to neonatal units in England, Wales and Scotland. In 2007 Professor Modi led the establishment of the Neonatal Data Analysis Unit at Imperial College London, and in 2012, the UK Neonatal Collaborative, with the aim of developing the use of clinical electronic data to support neonatal services and research. During her tenure as Vice President for Research at the RCPCH, Modi was lead author on the RCPCH’s Turning the Tide report highlighting the need to strengthen child health research in the UK.
  • Dr Robert Klaber, MA MBBS FRCPCH FHEA FAcadMEd MD
    Dr Klaber is a Consultant in General Paediatrics (based at the St Mary’s site) with a longstanding interest in medical education. He has worked in a number of roles across undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Dr Klaber trained in Cambridge and London and obtained his mixed methods Md in leadership development from University College London. He has a strong interest in individual and systems learning, behavioural insights work and leadership development. He is involved with simulation work and has written and edited leadership development e-learning modules for the E-learning for Healthcare project,Lead. He is also working on projects to look at the development of a future workforce who can work and learn within integrated health care systems. In 2010 he set up the Paired Learning programme, which has now been adopted by a number of organisations across the UK.

    Since 2015, through his Associate Medical Director role, Bob has been leading an ambitious project to create a culture of continuous quality improvement programme across Imperial. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2018, Dr Klaber received an OBE.

    Dr Klaber is also a strong advocate for child health and co-leads the Connecting Care for Children (CC4C) integrated child health programme in North West London, which is focused on developing whole population integrated care models of service and training within paediatrics and child health.
  • Dr E. David G. McIntosh AM, MBBS, MPH, LLM, PhD, FAFPHM, FRACP, FRCP&CH, DRCOG, DCH, Dip Pharm Med.
    Dr E. David G. McIntosh AM is an Australian paediatrician, vaccinologist and infectious disease specialist. He originally trained as a medical doctor in Sydney, Australia, and specialised in paediatric infectious diseases and public health.

    His early research was on early-onset Group B streptococcal in Sydney. His PhD thesis described the molecular epidemiology of hepatitis B virus in recent immigrant families to Australia. He co-authored the landmark 50-year follow-up of the original congenital rubella syndrome patients. His post-doctoral work was on gene therapy for hepatitis, in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College, London, UK.

    Dr McIntosh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Glebe Music Festival in Sydney, Australia, founded in 1990: He is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London, and Honorary Professor at the Scientific Center for Children’s Health, Moscow, Russia. He is an EDC Expert. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2011 he was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, within the Australian Honours System.He completed a four-year Higher Medical Training period in Pharmaceutical Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians, London. In May 2012 he obtained another post-graduate degree, a Master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics (LLM), the dissertation for which was on the subject of maternal immunisation.

    Dr McIntosh was Head, Global Scientific Affairs at Novartis Vaccines from 29th April 2014, and Global Scientific Affairs Senior Expert there, from 1st December 2009. Prior to this, he was Medical Director Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Europe/Middle East/Africa at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Dr McIntosh joined Takeda Vaccines as Senior Director Policy and Scientific Affairs (Vaccines) on 1st September 2015, and became Regional Medical Affairs Lead, Latin America, on 7th December 2015.


  • Dr Natalie Shenker, BA (Hons), BM BCh, MSc/PhD
    Dr Natalie Shenker is a former surgeon, scientist and cofounder of the Human Milk Foundation (HMF), which aims to ensure more babies are fed with human milk. As well as supporting a range of educational and research studies, the HMF aims to ensure assured access to screened donor milk through a network of human milk banks based on the cost-effective innovative model of the Hearts Milk Bank (HMB).

    Natalie completed her PhD in 2015 in the Cancer Epigenetics Unit at the Hammersmith Campus, under the supervision of Dr James Flanagan and Professor Bob Brown. Her work focussed on DNA methylation signatures of breast cancer subtypes and environmental exposures. She co-published the first genome-wide signature of smoking exposure and developed a methylation index that can reliably determine individuals who were former smokers.

    Work during the final year of her PhD developed the use of cells derived from breast milk as a resource in which cell-specific epigenetic changes can be assessed, with potential for the development of cancer risk prediction tools. This work has led to the establishment of a nationwide prospective population cohort study, the BECS study, which aims to recruit milk samples from several thousand women over the next 6 years. She has developed collaborations between numerous research groups across the UK and beyond, and her future work will focus on establishing a bioresource to expand the scope of research that can be conducted into breast milk. She is a Trustee of the UK Association of Milk Banking. Dr Shenker was nominated for a Women in Science, Technology and Engineering (WISE) award following her work setting up the new milk bank.
  • Dr Mehrengise Cooper, BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCP FRCPCH FFICM
    Dr Mehrengise Cooper is a consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She underwent her first simulation experience as an ICU Fellow at the Children’s Hospital in Boston in 2000. She has been training trainee paediatricians through simulation since 2005. Dr Cooper is simulation Lead for the London Deanery School of Paediatrics.

    Dr Cooper is one of the consultants on the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at St Mary’s Hospital, where she has worked for over 12 years. She trained at St Mary’s Medical School and her postgraduate training has been both inside and outside London, with her Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine training being at Great Ormond Street and The Royal Brompton Hospitals. Dr Cooper also spent two and a half years training at Boston Children’s Hospital during which time she worked with world renowned clinicians.

    She is on the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust committee for organ donation, and also has a major role in Education and Training. Dr Cooper is the course director of an MSc in Paediatrics and Child Health at Imperial College. She is also the Training Programme Director and Lead for Simulation at the London School of Paediatrics. Dr Cooper is also a Training Advisor at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and RCPCH Training Advisor where she sits on a committee on training for Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine as well as on the RCPCH Working Group for Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning.
  • Mr James Clark, Recruitment & Careers Manager, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health,
    Founded in 1996, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) plays a major role in postgraduate medical education, professional standards, research and policy. It currently has over 18,000 members across the world.

    The RCPCH is the professional body for the postgraduate training of paediatricians and conducts the Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH) exams. It also awards the Diploma in Child Health (DCH), which is taken by many doctors who plan a career in general practice.
  • Imperial College School of Medicine Coding Society
    ICSM Coding Society provides easy access to affordable, beginner-level coding tutorials for students with no previous coding experience, alongside friendly peer support and further events exploring the application of code in medicine.
    They also provide a place for further development of coding skills throughout Medical School community, to allow student coders to collaborate and share projects and ideas.