The British Society for Rheumatology Annual Conference returns to Birmingham; the UK’s foremost gathering of leading rheumatology professionals, this fantastic three-day event is full of opportunities to learn, share and network.

Date and venue details

30 April-02 May 2019

The ICC, 08 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EA


  • Join over 2000 delegates at the UK's biggest rheumatology conference designed for the entire multi-disciplinary team

  • Learn from experts in the field about the latest developments in rheumatology and expand your knowledge

  • Experience three days of cutting edge research, unrivalled networking, plus posters, symposia, exhibitions and more

  • Wind down with colleagues over drinks, nibbles and live entertainment at a number of our free to attend social events

  • Earn up to 18 CPD credits (approved by the Federation of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health and the Royal College of Nurses)


Secure your ticket for the UK's leading rheumatology conference. Make big savings with the early-bird rates and even bigger savings if you're a member.


Early bird member rates

   1 day    2 days    3 days
£180 £285 £335
Specialty doctor
Non-clinical scientist
Research Fellow
£145 £235 £270
Health professional
£125 £195 £230

Prices do not include VAT, accommodation or travel.

Early bird pricing ends 6 Mar 5pm.

Early bird non-member rates

   1 day    2 days    3 days
£265 £420 £500
Specialty doctor
Non-clinical scientist
Research Fellow
£225 £335 £410
Health professional
£185 £285 £340

Prices do not include VAT, accommodation or travel.

Early bird pricing ends 6 Mar 5pm.

Cancellation terms and conditions

Cancellations received in writing by the British Society for Rheumatology events team no later than 5pm on Monday 1 April 2019 will be entitled to a full refund minus a cancellation fee of £25 for members and £40 for non-members. We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations received after this date. Substitutions may be made but this will incur a £25 administration fee.

Tuesday 30 April Morning session
Includes the Jewels in the Crown session plus talks on Audits, quality improvement and Fibromyalgia   
Time  Session title Room/location Speakers
07.00-09.00  Registration     
09.00-10.30 Fibromyalgia co-morbid with inflammatory arthritis (IA): identifying, mechanisms and management
TBC Ernest Choy
Gary Macfarlane
Steven Zhao
09.00-10.30 Myositis SIG
TBC Athiveeraramapandian Prabu
Bridget Griffiths
Simon Meggitt
09.00-10.30 National audit as the catalyst for local quality improvement
TBC James Galloway
Jo Ledingham
Peter Lanyon
09.00-10.30 Quality improvement: data, tools and culture TBC Charlotte Sharp
Iona Thorne
Lesley Kay
10.30-11.30  Refreshment break and posters  Halls 3 & 4 N/A
11.30-13.15 Jewels in the Crown  Main auditorium Liye Chen
Elizabeth Price
Andrew Morris
Edward Vital
13.15-14.15 Lunch and networking  Halls 3 & 4 N/A
13.15-14.15 Tweet up: social media in rheumatology  TBC Ai Lyn Tan
Philip Gardiner
Simon Stones
  Afternoon session
Includes the Heberden Round plus talks on axSpA, IgG4, PPI, Osteosarcopenia and trending topics.  
Time Session title Room/location Speakers
14.15-15.45 Extra-articulare manifestations of axSpA
TBC Susan Lightman
Tim Orchard
Nick Levell
14.15-15.45 IgG4-related disease TBC Emma Culver
Helen Bungay
14.15-15.45 Osteosarcopenia: an increasingly recognised phenomenon TBC Elaine Dennison
Olivier Bruyere
Celia Gregson
14.15-15.45 Patient and public involvement (PPI): how best to do it TBC Adewale Adebajo
Elspeth Mathie
Savia de Souza
14.15-15.45 Trending topics TBC Mohammed Akil
Adrian Jones
Philip Hamann
15.45-16.15  Refreshment break and posters Halls 3 & 4 N/A
16.15-17.15  Heberden Round TBC Ernest Choy
Wednesday 1 May Early morning session
Includes the Essentials streams and SIG sessions  
Time  Session title Room/location Speakers
07.00-09.00 Registration    
07.15-08.45  Education SIG TBC Andy Brown
Mini Singh
07.15-08.45  MSK Pain SIG TBC Anushka Soni
Flavia Mancini
07.15-08.45  Sjögren's SIG TBC Ana Gallego
07.15-08.45  Spondyloarthritis SIG TBC Bruce Kirkham
Dennis McGonagle
Paul Bowness
07.15-08.45  Ultrasound SIG TBC Ben Thompson
Vanessa Quick
Ish Atchia
09.00-10.30  Chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis TBC Athimalaipet Ramanan
Christian Hedrich
Richard Keen
09.00-10.30  Difficult therapeutic decisions TBC Lesley Kay
Caroline Gordon
John Isaacs
09.00-10.30  Impact and implementation: knowledge into practice and policy TBC Charlotte Sharp
Laura Swaithes
Nicola Walsh
09.00-10.30  Essentials 1: symptom management TBC Caroline Gordon
Elaine Buchanan
Michael Hughes
09.00-10.30  BSI 1: what can single cell analytics tell us about rheumatic diseases?
Co-badged session with the British Society for Immunology
TBC Christopher Buckley
Leonie Taams
Paul Bowness
10.30-11.30  Refreshment break and posters Halls 3 & 4 N/A
  Mid-morning session
Includes the Essentials stream plus sessions on IA, Scleroderma and OA  
Time Session title  Room/location  Speakers 
11.30-13.00  Essentials 2: disease management TBC Kassim Javaid
Anisur Rahman
David McGibbon
11.30-13.00  BSI 2: new therapeutic targets in inflammatory arthritis
Co-badged session with the British Society for Immunology
TBC Alex Clarke
John Isaacs
Julian Knight
11.30-13.00  Scleroderma throughout the ages TBC Chris Denton
Clare Pain
Despina Eleftheriou
11.30-13.00  Supporting patients who are not accessing standard care TBC Anthony Redmond
Katie Fishpool
Tanaka Ngcozana
11.30-13.00  What is new in osteoarthritis? TBC Nigel Arden
Ana Valdes 
11.30-13.00  Work and health SIG: enabling patients to return to work TBC  Karen Walker-Bone
Lisa Newington
Nadine Foster
13.00-14.30  Lunch Halls 3 & 4 N/A
  Afternoon session
Includes the Essentials stream and the Heberden Oration  
Time  Session title  Room/location  Speakers 
14.30-16.00 Essentials 3: experts in the field TBC Rachel Brown
David Mutimer
Mike Craigen
14.30-16.00 BSI 3: negative regulators of inflammation in rheumatological disease
Co-badged session with the British Society for Immunology
TBC Sandra Sacre
Geert van Loo
Andy Clark
14.30-16.00 Pain responses in clinical studies, the placebo and nocebo effects TBC Anushka Soni
Peter Taylor
14.30-16.00 Scleroderma SIG: recent trials and new emerging targets TBC Christopher Denton
Francesco del Galdo
John Pauling
14.30-16.00 When the patient doesn't fit the guideline for treatment TBC Bridget Griffiths
Patrick Kiely
Helena Marzo-Ortega
16.00-16.30 Refreshment break and posters Halls 3 & 4 N/A
16.30-17.30 Heberden Oration Main auditorium Ian Bruce

Thursday 2 May Morning session
Includes the Droitwich Lecture and the Barbara Ansell Address  
Time  Session title  Room/location  Speakers 
07.00-09.00  Registration Registration N/A 
07.15-08.45  Crystal arthritis SIG TBC Lynsey Conway
Kelsey Jordan
Fernando Perez-Ruiz
07.15-08.45  Vasculitis SIG TBC Pani Gopaluni
09.00-10.30  BSR guidelines: raising awareness and assessing impact TBC Michael Burdon
Elizabeth MacPhie
Ravinder Sandhu
09.00-10.30  Implementing person-centred care in rehabilitation TBC Peter Hagell
Jette Primdahl
09.00-10.30  Stratified medicine in rheumatology TBC Anne Barton
Lucy Wedderburn
Carl Goodyear
09.00-10.30  Therapeutic challenges in crystal arthritis TBC Thomas MacDonald
Fernando Perez-Ruiz
Abhishek Abhishek
09.00-10.30  Vasculitis, vasculopathy or vascular occlusion? Making sense of cutaneous vascular manifestations of rheumatic disease TBC Nick Levell
David D'Cruz
John Pauling
10.30-11.30  Refreshment break and posters TBC  
11.30-13.00  Droitwich Lecture and Barbara Ansell Address TBC Michael Beresford
Sarah Ryan
11.30-13.00  Improving the outcome in SLE: taking care of the little things TBC Beatriz Segura
Anisur Rahman
Caroline Gordon
11.30-13.00  Osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease SIG: clinical conundrums and practical management tips TBC Richard Enstell
Richard Keen
Mike Stone
11.30-13.00  The overlapping specialties TBC Dennis McGonagle
Jessy Choi
Emma Rowbotham
13.00-14.15  Lunch Halls 3 & 4 N/A
  Afternoon session
Includes sessions on pregnancy in rheumatic disease, JIA, hypermobility and SIGs.  
14.15-15.45 Beyond drugs: physical interventions TBC Jonathan Leech
Melanie Martin
Benjamin Ellis
Ollie Hart
14.15-15.45 Clinical outcomes in JIA  TBC Wendy Thomson
Flora McErlane
Kimme Hyrich
14.15-15.45 Hypermobility spectrum disorders: insights into complex symptomology and condition management TBC Carol Rivas
Jessica Eccles
Victoria Strassheim
14.15-15.45 Pregnancy and rheumatic disease TBC Cathy Nelson-Piercy
Ian Giles
15.45-16.00 Refreshments for SIGs TBC N/A 
16.00-17.30 Cardiovascular and comorbidities in rheumatoid arthritis SIG TBC Ailsa Bosworth
16.00-17.30 Ethnicity SIG TBC Kantar Kumar
16.00-17.30 Heritable disorders of connective tissue SIG TBC Alan Hakim
Philip Bull
Lara Bloom
16.00-17.30  Inflections in rheumatology SIG TBC Matthew Cates
Kimme Hyrich 
16.00-17.30  Specialised commissioning in rheumatology SIG TBC Bridget Griffiths
Christopher Denton

Keynote speakers

We are delighted to reveal our keynote speakers for Annual Conference 2019.

Prof Andrew Morris – Jewels in the Crown
Since August 2017, Prof Andrew Morris CBE MSc MD FRCP (Edin, Glas) FRSE FMedSci has been the inaugural Director of Health Data Research UK, the multi-funder UK Institute for health and biomedical informatics research. He is seconded from his position as Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh, having taken up position in August 2014. Prior to this Andrew was Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee.

Andrew was awarded a CBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honour’s List.
Prof Ernest Choy – Heberden Round Professor Ernest Choy MD, FRCP is Head of Rheumatology and Translational Research at the Institute of Infection and Immunity and Director of the Cardiff Regional Experimental Arthritis Treatment and Evaluation (CREATE) Centre at Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is also Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at University Hospital of Wales and Clinical Lead of the Welsh Arthritis Research Network (WARN).

Previously, Ernest was Reader and Director of the King’s Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Unit in the Academic Department of Rheumatology, King’s College London. His major research interest is the treatment of rheumatic diseases focusing on the efficacy of new treatment strategies. He was Director of Research and Development at King's College Hospital between 2003-2008.
Prof Ian Bruce - Heberden Oration Professor of Rheumatology and an NIHR Senior Investigator at the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences. 

Prof Ian Bruce was qualified in Medicine from Queen's University Belfast in 1988 and gained my MRCP in 1991. His clinical training in medicine and rheumatology was in Northern Ireland and he completed my MD Thesis on the pathogenesis of systemic vasculitis in 1995.

From 1996-1998 Ian was the Geoff Carr Lupus Fellow at the University of Toronto ( Profs M Urowtiz and D Gladman). He was appointed Professor of Rheumatology in August 2010 and an NIHR Senior Investigator in April 2013.
Prof Sarah Ryan - Droitwich Lecture Sarah was recently appointed as a Professor of Rheumatology Nursing. This is an innovative post funded by the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Haywood Foundation, a local charity to improve the lives of people with arthritis.

Sarah has developed education courses for nurses and allied health professionals. Research interests have focused on the psycho-social impact of RA whilst clinical activities have included the development of a nurse-led chronic musculoskeletal pain service.

Sarah is editor of Musculoskeletal Care and was made a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in 2003 for her contribution to rheumatology nursing.
Prof Michael Beresford – Barbara Ansell Address Professor Beresford is Brough Chair, Professor of Child Health, at the University of Liverpool and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Michael is NIHR CRN Specialty Cluster Lead responsible for five National Specialties including Children and Musculoskeletal, and Stratified/Personalized Medicine.

He directs the UK’s only ‘Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children,’ the ‘NIHR Alder Hey Clinical Research Facility’, leads an internationally-renowned childhood lupus translational research programme, and led the development of six sets of European-wide ‘SHARE” recommendations.

Michael chaired the UK Paediatric Rheumatology Clinical Study Group from its inception for nine years, developing a UK-wide portfolio of clinical studies in paediatric rheumatology, and is Executive Council member of PRES.


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  • Raise the profile of your company and align your brand with our trusted voice.

  • Contribute to a world-class programme through symposia and innovation sessions.

  • Engage with key decision makers across the profession.

  • Network with more than 2000 delegates across three days

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2018 highlights

Take a look at the fantastic highlights from 2018’s Annual Conference and get a feel for the conference experience.

Get a more in-depth feel for some of the other key highlights from last year’s conference on our YouTube channel.

Filmed in collaboration with Lilly UK, these cover sessions, speeches and poster presentations.