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Programme and Speakers

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Thank you to all our speakers and chairs for their valuable contribution to the 2018 conference. This year's programme was packed full of exciting topics.

The abstract book is free to view through the Rheumatology journal.

View the 2018 programme below.

Tuesday 1 May

07:30 Registration and exhibition opens  Rooms / location
09:00 - 10:30 Morning sessions  

Biologics dose reduction: translating research into practice 3B

Hot topics oral abstracts session 12

Myositis - SIG 1C

Treatment approaches in osteoarthritis 4

Update on psoriatic arthritis 3A

Work is good for health: a practical guide for rheumatologists 11B
10:30 - 11:30 Refreshment break, posters and exhibition Exhibition hall 
10:35 - 11:25 Editor's picks poster tour Exhibition hall
10:40 - 11:25  Case reports poster tour Exhibition hall 
10:40 - 11:20 Innovation session Innovation theatre
10:40 - 11:20  Celgene - Choosing the right door for your patient  Innovation theatre 
11:30 - 13:15 Jewels in the Crown Main Auditorium
13:15 - 14:05  Sponsored sessions  
13:15 - 14:05  Janssen - The debate: should safety drive biologic choice in PsA? 3B 
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch, posters and exhibition Exhibition hall
13:15 - 14:15 Latest project news from the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Registers 3A
13:20 - 14:00  Innovation session Innovation theatre
13:20 - 14:00  Roche - Are steroids always the answer? The case for steroid-sparing in
rheumatological disease 
Innovation theatre 
14:15 - 15:45 Afternoon sessions  

British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Registers: a scientific update 3A

Interstitial lung disease and the rheumatologist in 2018 3B

Nursing impact on patient care and clinical research
12

Osteoarthritis - SIG 11A

Rheumatoid arthritis oral abstracts session 11B

Rheumatologists in training: developing your niche in rheumatology 4

Spondyloarthritis -SIG 1B

Survival, but at what cost? 1C

Work and health - SIG 11C
15:45 - 16:15 Refreshment break, posters and exhibition Exhibition hall
15:50 - 16:10 Innovation session Innovation theatre
15:50 - 16:10  Pfizer -  Is there an opioid crisis in rheumatology? Innovation theatre 
16:15 - 17:15 Heberden Round Main Auditorium
17:00 Exhibition closes  
17:30 - 19:00  Sponsored sessions   
17:30 - 19:00  AbbVie -  Developing, assessing, and implementing new treatments for rheumatology:
What does it mean for our patients?
3B 
17:30 - 19:00  Roche / Chugai - Challenging current clinical practice in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
and Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) 
11B + C 
18:00 Registration closes  
18:00 - 20:00  Networking events  
18:00 - 20:00 Presidents welcome reception  Level 3 Foyer, ACC, Liverpool

Wednesday 2 May

07:00 Registration and exhibition opens Rooms / location 
07:15 - 08:45 Morning special interest group sessions  

Ethnicity and rheumatology - SIG 11A

Heritable disorders of connective tissue - SIG 4

Physical activity - SIG 3A

Sjögren's - SIG 12
09:00 - 10:30 Morning sessions

Essentials 1: symptom management 1A+B

Lung - SIG 11A

Osteoporotic vertebral fractures 11B+C 

Scleroderma oral abstracts session 12 

co-badged by the British Society for Immunology

3A 

co-badged by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

1C

Ultrasound - SIG 4

Waking up to sleep problems in rheumatic diseases 3B 
10:30 - 11:30 Refreshment break, posters and exhibition Exhibition hall 
10:40 - 11:25  Connective tissue disorders poster tour Exhibition hall 
10:40 - 11:25  Spondyloarthropathies poster tour Exhibition hall 
10:40 - 11:20 Innovation session  Innovation theatre 
10:40 - 11:20  Janssen -  The scope of enthesitis and enthesopathy in psoriatic disease Innovation theatre 
11:30 - 13:00 Late morning / Early afternoon sessions   

Essentials 2: disease management 1A+B 

Establishing and embedding an ultrasound service within rheumatology

Infections in rheumatology - SIG 1C 

Patient activation: what is it, why does it matter, and what do I need to know? 11A

Something for nothing: the value of automatic data collection 11B+C 

Vasculitis and connective tissue disorders oral abstracts session 13 

co-badged by the British Society for Immunology

3A 
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch, posters and exhibition Exhibition hall 

British Society for Rheumatology AGM 12              
13:15 - 14:05  Sponsored sessions   
13:15 - 14:05  Novartis - IL-17A inhibition: Opening the window of opportunity in PsA 3B 
13:20 - 14:00  Innovation session  Innovation theatre 
13:20 - 14:00  Lilly - The JAK/STAT pathway: Understanding the Science Innovation theatre 
14:30 - 16:00 Afternoon sessions  

Enhancing multidisciplinary teams working in the care of patients with inflammatory arthritis
3B 
Essentials 3: experts in the field
1A+B 

Osteoporosis - SIG -
Amgen has provided unrestricted funding for the 2018 BSR Osteoporosis
Special Interest Group Session. Amgen has had no input into the programme,
selection of speakers or topics
11A 

Paediatric and adolescent rheumatology oral abstracts session  11B+C 

co-badged by the British Society for Immunology

3A 
Rheumatologists in training: thinking outside the joint

co-badged by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

1C 
16:00 - 16:30 Refreshments break, posters and exhibition Exhibition hall 
16:05 - 16:25  Innovation session Innovation theatre
16:05 - 16:25  Bristol-Myers Squibb - Assessing RA disease activity: is DAS failing us? Innovation theatre 
16:30 Exhibition closes  
16:30 - 17:30 Heberden Oration Main Auditorium 
17:30 Registration closes  
17:30 - 19:00  Sponsored sessions  
17:30 - 19:00  Novartis -  Technology and innovation: Reshaping AS practice 3B 
17:45 - 21:00  Networking events  
17:45 - 19:15  Trainee reception  The Lounge, Exhibition centre
19:30 - 21:00  The Quiz  Revolucion de Cuba, Albert Dock 





Thursday 3 May

07:15  5K Fun run Exhibition centre, main entrance
08:00 Registration and exhibition opens Rooms / location 
09:00 - 10:30 Morning sessions  

BHPR oral abstracts session 1C 

Foot and ankle - SIG 4

Glucocorticoids in rheumatic diseases: the evidence basis 1B 

No health without mental health: impact of mood problems in patients with rheumatic disorders 11A

The brain in rheumatology 12

The national early inflammatory arthritis audit (NEIA Audit) 11B+C

Uveitis: working together with ophthalmologists 3
10:30 - 11:30 Refreshment break, posters and exhibition Exhibition hall              
10:40 - 11:25  Health professionals (Non-GMC registered) poster tour Exhibition hall 
10:40 - 11:25  Rheumatoid arthritis poster tour Exhibition hall 
10:40 - 11:0 Innovation session  Innovation theatre
10:40 - 11:20  Celgene - Choosing the right door for your patient Innovation theatre 
11:30 - 13:00  Late morning / Early afternoon sessions   

Basic Science oral abstracts session  1C 
Droitwich lecture and Barbara Ansell address 3

Pain - SIG 12

Quality improvement through service peer review 1B 

Rheumatologists in training:
topics for the Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) in rheumatology and beyond
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch, posters and exhibition Exhibition hall              
13:00 - 14:15 Specialist commissioning -SIG 12
13:15 - 14:05  Sponsored sessions  
13:15 - 14:05  Pfizer -  XELJANZ®▼ (tofacitinib citrate): Exploring more than 4 years of Swiss experience 11B + C
13:20 - 14:00  Innovation session Innovation theatre
13:20 - 14:00  Sobi - Acquired Auto- inflammatory Disorders Innovation theatre 
14:30 Exhibition closes  
14:15 - 15:45 Afternoon sessions  

Best Practice Awards 2018 1B 

Clinical conundrums 3B 

Management of systemic complications of scleroderma

Physical activity in rheumatology: development through to implementation 3A

Systemic lupus erythematosus throughout the ages 1C 

Understanding and managing pain in rheumatoid arthritis 12
15:45 - 16:00 Refreshment break (for special interest group sessions)  
16:00 Registration closes  
16:00 - 17:30 Afternoon special interest group sessions  

Adolescent and young adult - SIG

Crystal arthritis - SIG 3A 

Scleroderma - SIG 3B 

Vasculitis - SIG 12 




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