The Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society (ASAS) annual general meeting took place in Leeds on the 20th and 21st, January 2017 at The Marriott Hotel.
The event was hosted by Helena Marzo-Ortega, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) and University of Leeds and vice-chairman of BRITSpA and was attended by many UK based rheumatologists and BRITSpA members. The Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society is an international group of experts in the field of Spondyloarthritis aiming to support and promote the study of Axial and Peripheral Spondyloarthritis by increasing awareness and early diagnosis of the disease, developing and validating assessment tools, and evaluating treatment modalities in order to promote clinical research with the ultimate goal to improve outcome of the disease. Many attendees felt that this was a particularly momentous event for the UK and SpA in general as not only were these particular set of diseases defined by experts working at the University of Leeds back in the mid seventies, “but the University currently has the biggest panel of experts in ankylosing spondylitis and other spondyloarthritis in the UK and is a world known centre of excellence in rheumatology”.
The ASAS annual meeting is held each year at different locations around the world, having previously been held in Rome, Madrid and Houston, but hasn’t been to the UK since Bath in 2007. The conference brought 120 delegates to the city, all of which are international experts in the field of rheumatology.