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This year BRITSpA was pleased to run its first abstract competition, with twelve submissions considered and four delegates asked to present. The winner of the certificate and cheque for £500 was Steven Zhao (Aintree) who gave an excellent presentation of his work: Autoantibodies to Osteoprotegerin in Axial Spondyloarthritis. Exploring whether prevalence of OPG-Ab in axSpA is higher than in a healthy population and whether they were associated with measures of bone health in axSpA, he concluded OPG-Ab may be biomarker for accelerated bone loss in axSpA and emphasised the need to explore this in a prospective study.
The second BRITSpA Annual Scientific meeting was held in Birmingham on 28th and 29th 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).