1st Advanced EMG Conference
Quantitative and Emerging Techniques in Electrodiagnosis
Date: 8th-9th November, 2016
Venue: Royal College of Physicians
Location: 11 Saint Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE
Facilitating educational events for colleagues working in Neurophysiology is of key importance to Optima Medical. We were therefore delighted to host the first Advanced EMG Conference at the Royal College of Physicians, London in November 2016. As the venue is the oldest medical college in England, founded by royal charter of Henry VIII in 1518, it seemed a very fitting location to invite national and international delegates to come together to enjoy the expertise of the faculty. Surrounded by the Symon’s collection of medical instruments and the Victor Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars, over seventy-five delegates attended this two-day conference.
The expert faculty consisted of Professor Erik Stålberg from the University Hospital, Uppsala Sweden; Professor Stålberg has developed several EMG methods such as SFEMG, Macro EMG, Scanning EMG and methods for quantitation of conventional EMG. Alongside him was Dr Matthew Pitt from Great Ormond Street, London, UK. Dr Pitt is renowned for his vast specialist expertise in paediatric electromyography and particularly in the investigation of disorders of neuromuscular junction. Joining them on the faculty was Dr Sanjeev Nandedkar; a biomedical engineer with an interest in Neurophysiology working for Natus Medical Inc. Wisconsin, US, whose primary research interests include automatic analysis of EMG signals.
The comprehensive agenda covered a range of advanced EMG topics including motor unit potentials, recruitment and interference patterns, direct nerve stimulation, repetitive nerve stimulation, SFEMG, Macro EMG, MUNIX and Paediatric EMG. The course was delivered in a combination of both theoretical and practical live demonstrations to enable the taught theory to be seen in practice. The end result was a fascinating, engaging conference which received excellent feedback and multiple requests to repeat!