Hybrid Scientific Meeting - 24th March

24th March 2023


Scientific Meeting 24th March

Location: Hybrid Zoom at RMS - 1 Wimpole Street, London

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Sexual Function and Wellbeing SIG

Chairs: Dr Nadia Ahmed/ Dr Uday Joshi
Session Theme: What is in a name? Sexual Function and Wellbeing SIG

13.00 - 13.20: Sexual wellbeing – What does it mean? Where is the problem located? Mike Yates/Kirstin Mitchell

13.20 - 13:40: Sexual Well-being in trans and non-binary people Rhi Kemp-Davies/ Karen Gurney

13:40 - 14:00: Investigating Kisspeptin as a Novel Therapeutic Strategy for Men and Women with Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder Ed Mills

14.00 - 14.20: Discussing sexual problems in a sexual health clinic – A clinician’s toolkit Shalini Andrews/Hu Clarke

14:20 - 14:30: Questions and Discussion

14.30 - 14.45: Genital Dermatology: reviewing caseload and provision of GD services in sexual health settings in the UK - Dr Yeend-Curd Trimble


Adolescent SIG – 15.00 – 16.30

Session Theme: Impact of porn and social media on Young peoples relationships, expectation and sexual experiences. How to have constructive conversations with Young people about this?

15.00 - 15.40: Learning about sex, relationships, gender, and bodies in the ‘digital age’: How are young people being affected and influenced by what they see and encounter online? - Emily Setty

15.40 - 16.10: Co producing and Researching postdigital sexual violence and activism workshops for under 18s following the covid-19 pandemic in England, Ireland and Canada - Jessica Ringrose

16.10 - 16.30: Panel discussion/audience questions

16.30 - 17.00: In the wrong place at the right time - Professor Rak Nandwani

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Session title: Genital Dermatology: reviewing caseload and provision of GD services in sexual health settings in the UK

Michael Yates is a Clinical Psychologist and Sexual and Relationships Therapist. He is currently the Psychosexual Service Lead at London’s 56 Dean street, and is one of the founding members of the Havelock Clinic, a specialist private multi-disciplinary psychosexual service. His research interests have focused around development of evidence-based group interventions for sexual difficulties including compulsive and risk-taking sexual behaviours, and he is currently part of the first national Expert Reference Group for Chemsex led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Kirstin Mitchell is Professor of Social Science and Public Health. She leads a programme of research on ‘Relationships and Health’ at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. Her research aims to understand and improve population sexual health and wellbeing. A co-investigator on the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), she leads the modules on sexual function and wellbeing for the fourth survey (currently collecting data).

Dr Karen Gurney is a clinical psychologist and European Society of Sexual Medicine Psychosexologist. She is one of the Lead Clinicians at Trans Plus, a gender dysphoria service based within sexual health/HIV at 56 Dean Street. She is also director of The Havelock Clinic, an independent MDT sexual problems service based in London. Dr Gurney has done two TED talks on sexual wellbeing, and wrote the bestselling book, ‘Mind The Gap: the truth about desire and how to futureproof your sex life’ published in 2020.

Dr Edouard Mills (MBChB PhD) is a Clinical Lecturer in Endocrinology at Imperial College London. Having been awarded an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship and NIHR Clinical Lectureship, his research investigates the relationship between reproductive hormones and human behaviour. He conducted first-into-patient studies investigating the clinical and mechanistic effects of the novel hypothalamic neuropeptide kisspeptin on sexual and emotional brain processing in men and women with low sexual desire. He is also undertaking specialist training in Diabetes & Endocrinology on the Northwest (Imperial) London Rotation.

Hu Clarke has worked in the sexual health field for over 30 years, currently is a part-time Health Advisor and Psychosexual Therapist @ Homerton Hospital, he also provides Clinical Supervision in Brighton for their Health Advisers, Counselling Project and Outreach Nurses.

Hu has been a qualified therapist for over 25 years, he covers a range of issues which include: Psychosexual & relationships, work with people with disabilities, racially minoritised communities, Sex workers, Drug users and LGBTQ+. Hu has a private psychotherapy/counselling practice in East London/Essex.Hu is currently on the Board for BASHH – HA rep, also is on BASHH CGC where he is Secretary and BASHH SIG for Sexual Function & Wellbeing. Hu is also a member of Society of Sexual Health Advisers (SSHA), Operational Professionals Committee who he represents at BASHH.

Shalini Andrews is a consultant in Genitourinary and HIV Medicine and clinical lead for HIV in Surrey. She has a special interest in managing sexual dysfunction, especially when associated with sexual infections and HIV. She chairs the SIG and is also the president of the British Society for Sexual Medicine. She is a member of the exam committee of The Multidisciplinary Committee of Sexual Medicine (MJCSM) which sets professional standards in Sexual Medicine in Europe

Dr Yeend-Curd-Trimble qualified from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2011. She is currently a specialist registrar (ST6) in Genito-Urinary medicine based at the Mortimer Market Centre & Archway Sexual Health Clinic in London and was appointed as BASHH Genital Dermatology Specialist Interest Group trainee representative in June 2020. She hopes to continue to develop her career in GU medicine with a specialist interest in genital dermatology and general dermatology as she moves into a consultant role at the end of her registrar training.

Dr Emily Setty is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey. Her academic research focuses on young people’s experiences of sex and relationships, both online and offline, and how the ‘online world’ is affecting their socio-sexual development, learning, and behaviour. She primarily conducts qualitative research whereby she speaks directly with young people about their perspectives and experiences and critically interprets the accounts they produce about how they are being affected and influenced by what they see and encounter online. Dr Setty has recently conducted research on how lockdown affected sex and relationships for young people; risk and transgression online for youth; educating teenage boys about consent; harmful sexual behaviours and peer-on-peer abuse in schools; and ‘influencer culture’ for girls and young women. She works closely with a range of frontline professionals and organisations working with young people and national and local government to translate research findings into effective policy and practice designed to address the issues and challenges that young people face regarding sex and relationships in their contemporary digital cultures.

Jessica Ringrose is Professor of Sociology of Gender and Education at IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society, where she co-directs the UCL Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity. She is an internationally recognized expert on gender and sexual equity in education. She has worked with a wide range of global and UK stakeholders to shape policy and practice in areas of gender, media cultures, online safety and RSE including The UK Home Office, The Department for Education, The Mayor of London and more. Her current research explores young people’s experiences of technologically facilitated sexual and gender-based violence and how to reduce and prevent online harm through educational interventions. Her recent public report (2021) with the Association of School and College Leaders is Understanding and Combatting Youth Experiences of Image-Based Sexual Harassment and Abuse.

Rak Nandwani is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Public Health Scotland and Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University. After training in London, he was appointed as a GUM consultant in Glasgow in 1997. He jointly led the establishment of the Sandyford integrated sexual health service in 2000 and chaired in the committee which recommended PrEP in Scotland in 2017. Rak was also chair of the GUM Specialist Advisory Committee 2011-2017 and a co-investigator on the NIHR-funded LUSTRUM research programme.


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