Anual Scientific Meeting

Annual Scientific Meeting 2016

The second BRITSpA Annual Scientific meeting was held in Birmingham on 28 th  and 29 th  September 2016, chaired by Alex Bennett (Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court) and Helena Marzo-Ortega (Chapel Allerton Hospital and University of Leeds).  Thanks were given to our sponsors:  Abbvie, Biogen and UCB (Gold sponsorship) and Napp, Novartis and Pfizer (Silver sponsorship). Over 90 delegates, comprising physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and academics, enjoyed an impressive programme independently devised by the BRITSpA executive committee. BRITSpA received all positive feedback and would like to thank all speakers and delegates for their contributions.  We look forward the next annual scientific meeting on 20 th  and 21 st  September 2017.

Day 1 Wednesday 28th September 2016

Helena Marzo-Ortega and Alex Bennett
Welcome and introduction
Gareth Jones
BSRBR AS update
Debbie Cook
NASS update
Karl Gaffney
BSR & NICE updates–New BSR & NICE guidelines: the movers and the shakers. What is the impact for our practice?
Dennis McGonagle
Keynote lecture: MHC Opathies: what are we on about?

Day 2 Thursday 29th September 2016

Maya H Buch
The future has arrived: biosimilars here to stay
Richard Cuthbert
IL-23 in the human enthesis: fact or foe? Implications for a better understanding of SpA
Allan Wailoo
The reality of Health Economics in the treatment of axial SpA
Pedro Machado and Andrei Calin
Bye Bye BASDAI, Hello ASDAS: why we should be measuring ASDAS in clinical practice.
Stefan Siebert
Seeing the wood for the trees - is there really a CV risk in axSpA?
Trish Cornell
What patients really want to know about biologics - the nurse practitioner perspective
Steven Zhao, 
Margaret Hall-Craggs, Paul Bowness, 
Marie Therese McDonald
Abstract sessions
John Ioannou and Corinne Fisher
What adult Rheumatologists need to know about juvenile AS
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