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BSR Annual conference, Liverpool, 1-3 May 2018


Thank you to our 2018 keynote speakers.

Jewels in the Crown: Mr James Palmer

Jewels in the Crown

Mr James Palmer, Consultant Neurosurgeon

James Palmer has been Medical Director for Specialised Services since NHS England’s inception in 2013. He is a member of NHS England’s Specialised Commissioning National Team. He is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Heberden Round: Prof Robert Moots

Heberden Round

Professor Robert Moots, University of Liverpool

Now Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Liverpool, Robert trained in London, earned his PhD at the University of Oxford and, after working as a Lecturer in Birmingham, moved to Harvard Medical School. He returned to the UK to establish a new academic rheumatology group in Liverpool, now a EULAR Centre of Excellence for research, UK Centre of Excellence for Behçet’s syndrome and part of the ARUK/MRC Centres for Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing and for Musculoskeletal Diseases and Work. Whilst a large proportion of his time is involved in research, with programmes of translational work that focus on inflammatory rheumatic diseases with a special interest in neutrophils, clinical service remains important. He receives referrals from around the UK and abroad, is consultant to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, medical advisor to UK patient groups, past Editor-in-Chief of Rheumatology and has a special interest in supporting the development of rheumatology in developing countries.

Heberden Oration: Prof Justin Mason

Heberden Oration

Professor Justin Mason, Imperial College London

Justin trained in medicine and rheumatology at Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals. Funded by the MRC he obtained a PhD at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and subsequently ARUK Intermediate and Senior Clinical Research Fellowships. He was appointed Professor of Vascular Rheumatology at Imperial College in 2009 and Head of Vascular Sciences in 2017. He has served as Chair of the ARUK RECAP Committee, on the Fellowship panel and BSR Heberden Committee. His basic science research focuses upon the relationship between vascular dysfunction and systemic inflammatory diseases and he has a specialist clinical research interest in large vessel vasculitis.

Barbara Ansell Address speaker - Prof Helen Foster

Barbara Ansell Address

Professor Helen Foster, Newcastle University

Helen trained originally in adult medicine, adult rheumatology and subsequently in general paediatrics and paediatric rheumatology. She leads active clinical and educational research programmes focussing on identifying barriers to specialist care, and has developed novel educational tools to facilitate earlier diagnosis and referral. There are numerous research collaborations at international level and an active clinical research portfolio within the NIHR. She is a champion of best practice and an advocate for 'right child, right place, right treatment, right time'. She has represented paediatric rheumatology at a national level for NHS England Specialist Commissioning and contributed to NICE guidance relevant to the specialty.


Droitwich Lecture: Prof Alison Hammond

Droitwich Lecture

Professor Alison Hammond, University of Salford

Alison is a Professor of Rheumatology Rehabilitation at the University of Salford; a Fellow of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Alison’s research includes: developing and testing outcome measures; surveys and qualitative studies of therapy practice and with patients about condition impact on everyday life and work and therapy needs; developing rehabilitation and self-management interventions and evaluating these in trials; and enabling research into practice. She has authored over 80 articles and book chapters and has contributed to self-help booklets published by Arthritis Research UK and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

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