Chair / Speaker


Welcome & introduction
Dr Pratima Gupta

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist; Clinical Director for Gynaecology at the University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; Member – BMS medical advisory council Biography

Miss Lynne Robinson

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Lead of Menopause/Reproductive Endocrine Services, Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust; Member – BMS medical advisory council Biography


Session 1 – Hot off the press
Mr Haitham Hamoda

Chairman Elect and Trustee – British Menopause Society; Consultant Gynaecologist, Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, King’s College Hospital, London Biography


Session 2 – HIV and migraine
Chair: Dr Heather Currie

Associate Specialist Gynaecologist & Obstetrician Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary, Dumfries; Immediate Past Chairman and Trustee – British Menopause Society Biography


Management of HIV and menopause
Dr Shema Tariq

Clinical Research Fellow and Consultant HIV Physician, University College, London Biography


Hormones and headache
Professor Anne MacGregor

Associate Specialist in SRH, Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust, London; Member – BMS medical advisory council Biography


Session 3 – The BMS Annual Lecture: Bilateral oophorectomy, estrogen deprivation and accelerated ageing
Chair: Mr Haitham Hamoda
Professor Walter Rocca

Professor of Epidemiology and Neurology, the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA Biography


Session 4 – Managing menopausal symptoms: a cognitive behavioural approach
Chair: Kathy Abernethy

Chairman and Trustee  –  British Menopause Society, Associate Director and Senior Nurse Specialist, Menopause Clinical & Research Unit, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex Biography


CBT for menopausal symptoms: the evidence
Emeritus Professor Myra S Hunter

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College, London Biography


Hot and bothered: practical CBT strategies for stress, hot flushes, night sweats and sleep
Dr Janet Balabanovic

Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Kings College Hospital, London Biography

Dr Melanie Smith

Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Manchester and Salford Pain Centre Biography


Session 5 – Educational symposium
Sponsored by Mylan: The Progestogen Matters
Dr John Stevenson

Consultant Metabolic Physician and Reader, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College, London; Chairman, Women’s Health Concern; Trustee – British Menopause Society Biography


Session 6 – Free Communications

Oral presentations


Session 7 – Topics you requested
Chair: Professor Mary Ann Lumsden

Professor of Medical Education and Gynaecology, Consultant Gynaecologist, Lead for Reproductive & Maternal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow; Immediate Past President, International Menopause Society; Member – BMS medical advisory council


Venous thromboembolism and HRT: what’s the risk?
Dr Will Lester

Consultant Haematologist, University Hospitals, Birmingham Biography


Familial breast and ovarian cancers: the impact of hormones
Dr Jude Hayward

GPwSI in Genetics, the Yorkshire Regional Genetics Service, Leeds


Bioidentical hormones – what is all the hype about?
Mr Nick Panay

Consultant Gynaecologist, Imperial College Healthcare & Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals, London; Trustee and Past Chairman – British Menopause Society; General Secretary, International Menopause Society and former Editor-in Chief Climacteric, The Journal of the IMS Biography


Session 8 – BMS Debate:
This house believes complementary and alternative medicine does more harm than good.
Chair: Miss Joan Pitkin

Reader, Imperial College; Trustee – British Menopause Society and The Daisy Network

For the motion:

Mr Tim Hillard

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Poole Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust; Trustee – British Menopause Society Biography

Against the motion:

Miss Claudine Domoney

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London Biography


Key messages and close of day one

Dr Pratima Gupta and Miss Lynne Robinson



For BMS members