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 now for the UK's leading rheumatology conference.


Member rates

   1 day    2 days    3 days
£225 £355 £415
Specialty doctor
Non-clinical scientist
Research Fellow
£185 £295 £340
Health professional
£155 £245 £285

Prices do not include VAT, accommodation or travel.

Non-member rates

   1 day    2 days    3 days
£335 £530 £625
Specialty doctor
Non-clinical scientist
Research Fellow
£280 £445 £510
Health professional
£235 £365 £425

Prices do not include VAT, accommodation or travel.

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 Basic Science oral abstract session: read more TBC Stephanie F. Ling
Peter Taylor
Sandeep S. Kansurkar
Emma Derrett-Smith
Rutviz R. Mistry
Bahja Ahmed Abdi
09.00-10.30 Fibromyalgia co-morbid with inflammatory arthritis (IA) — identifying, mechanisms and management: read more
TBC Ernest Choy
Gary Macfarlane
Steven Zhao
09.00-10.30 Lung and rheumatic disease SIG: read more TBC Clive Kelly
Felix Woodhead
Liz Perry
09.00-10.30 Myositis SIG: read more
TBC Bridget Griffiths
Athiveer Prabu
Simon Meggitt
09.00-10.30 National audit as the catalyst for local quality improvement: read more
TBC James Galloway
Jo Ledingham
Peter Lanyon
09.00-10.30 Quality improvement – data, tools and culture: read more 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: read more Main auditorium Elizabeth Price
Andrew Morris
Liye Chen
Edward Vital
Jonathan Pinnell
Fiona A. Pearce
13.15-14.15 Lunch and networking Halls 3 & 4 N/A
13.15-14.15 Tweet up – social media in rheumatology: read more 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 BRiTs 1 – trending topics: read more TBC Mohammed Akil
Adrian Jones
Philip Hamann
14.15-15.45 Extra-articular manifestations of axSpA: read more
TBC Susan Lightman
Tim Orchard
Nick Levell
14.15-15.45 IgG4-related disease: read more TBC Emma Culver
George Webster
Helen Bungay
14.15-15.45 Osteosarcopenia – an increasingly recognised phenomenon: read more TBC Elaine Dennison
Olivier Bruyere
Celia Gregson
14.15-15.45 Patient and public involvement (PPI): how best to do it: read more TBC Adewale Adebajo
Elspeth Mathie
Savia de Souza
14.15-15.45 Rheumatoid arthritis oral abstract session: read more TBC
Anna Zarafov
Ruth E. Costello
Patrick D.W. Kiely
James Dale
Simone Howard
Kirsten Mackay
15.45-16.15 Refreshment break and posters Halls 3 & 4 N/A
16.15-17.15 Heberden Round: read more 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: read more TBC Andy Brown
Mini Singh
07.15-08.45 MSK Pain SIG: read more TBC Anushka Soni
Nicholas Shenker
Flavia Mancini
07.15-08.45 Sjögren's SIG: read more TBC Jennifer Byrom
Ana Gallego
Sai Kolli
07.15-08.45 Spondyloarthritis SIG: read more TBC Nicola Gullick
Helena Marzo-Ortega
Bruce Kirkham
Dennis McGonagle
Paul Bowness
07.15-08.45 Ultrasound SIG: read more TBC Ben Thompson
Vanessa Quick
Bhaskar Dasgupta
Ish Atchia
09.00-10.30 BRiTs 2 – difficult therapeutic decisions: read more TBC Lesley Kay
Caroline Gordon
John Isaacs
09.00-10.30 Chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis: read more TBC Athimalaipet Ramanan
Christian Hedrich
Richard Keen
09.00-10.30 Health research oral abstract session: read more TBC Hayley McBain
Ellie Sayers
Nicholas R. Fuggle
Anne V. O'Brien
Meghna Jani
Thomas W. Appleyard
09.00-10.30 Impact and implementation – knowledge into practice and policy: read more TBC Charlotte Sharp
Laura Swaithes
Nicola Walsh
09.00-10.30 Essentials 1 – symptom management: read more TBC Caroline Gordon
Elaine Buchanan
Michael Hughes
09.00-10.30 BSI 1 – what can single cell analytics tell us about rheumatic diseases?: read more
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: read more TBC Kassim Javaid
Anisur Rahman
David McGibbon
11.30-13.00 BSI 2 – new therapeutic targets in inflammatory arthritis: read more
Co-badged session with the British Society for Immunology
TBC Alex Clarke
John Isaacs
Julian Knight
11.30-13.00 Scleroderma throughout the ages: read more TBC Christopher Denton
Clare Pain
Despina Eleftheriou
11.30-13.00 Supporting patients who are not accessing standard care: read more TBC Anthony Redmond
Katie Fishpool
Tanaka Ngcozana
11.30-13.00 What is new in osteoarthritis?: read more TBC Nigel Arden
Anke Roelofs
Ana Valdes
11.30-13.00 Work and health SIG – enabling patients to return to work: read more 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: read more TBC Rachel Brown
David Mutimer
Mike Craigen
14.30-16.00 BSI 3 – negative regulators of inflammation in rheumatological disease: read more
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: read more TBC Anushka Soni
Peter Taylor
Weiya Zhang
14.30-16.00 Registers oral abstract session: read more TBC Meghna Jani
Rosemary J. Hollick
Lianne Kearsley-Fleet
Rebecca Davies
Alan R. Roach
Jon Packham
14.30-16.00 Scleroderma SIG – recent trials and new emerging targets: read more TBC Christopher Denton
Francesco del Galdo
John Pauling
14.30-16.00 When the patient doesn't fit the guideline for treatment: read more 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: read more 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 Adolescent and young adult SIG: read more TBC Claire Pain
Liza McCann
Fai Ng
07.15-08.45 Crystal arthritis SIG: read more TBC Lynsey Conway
Kelsey Jordan
Fernando Perez-Ruiz
07.15-08.45 Vasculitis SIG: read more TBC Joanna Robson
Pani Gopaluni
Vanessa Quick
09.00-10.30 Best oral abstracts session: read more TBC Karen Walker-Bone
John H. Stone
Trishna Rathod-Mistry
Laura E. Lunt
Elizabeth M. Curtis
Mia Rodziewicz
09.00-10.30 BSR guidelines – raising awareness and assessing impact: read more TBC Michael Burdon
Elizabeth MacPhie
Ravinder Sandhu
09.00-10.30 Implementing person-centred care in rehabilitation: read more TBC Jette Primdahl
Robert Horne
Peter Hagell
09.00-10.30 Stratified medicine in rheumatology: read more TBC Anne Barton
Lucy Wedderburn
Carl Goodyear
09.00-10.30 Therapeutic challenges in crystal arthritis: read more 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: read more TBC Nick Levell
David D'Cruz
John Pauling
10.30-11.30 Refreshment break and posters TBC
11.30-13.00 BRiTs 3 – the overlapping specialties: read more TBC Dennis McGonagle
Jessy Choi
Emma Rowbotham
11.30-13.00 Droitwich Lecture and Barbara Ansell Address: read more TBC Michael Beresford
Sarah Ryan
11.30-13.00 Improving the outcome in SLE – taking care of the little things: read more TBC Beatriz Segura
Anisur Rahman
Caroline Gordon
11.30-13.00 Osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease SIG – clinical conundrums and practical management tips: read more TBC Richard Enstell
Richard Keen
Mike Stone
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: read more TBC Jonathan Leech
Melanie Martin
Benjamin Ellis
Ollie Hart
14.15-15.45 Clinical outcomes in JIA: read more TBC Wendy Thomson
Flora McErlane
Kimme Hyrich
14.15-15.45 Hypermobility spectrum disorders – insights into complex symptomology and condition management: read more TBC Carol Rivas
Jessica Eccles
Victoria Strassheim
14.15-15.45 Pregnancy and rheumatic disease: read more TBC Ian Giles
Caroline Gordon
Cathy Nelson-Piercy
14.15-15.45 Spondyloarthritis oral abstracts session: read more TBC Melanie J. Martin
Hussein Al-Mossawi
Tim J.P. Bray
Chong Send Edwin Lim
Sizheng Zhao
Fariz Yahya
15.45-16.00 Refreshments for SIGs TBC N/A
16.00-17.30 Cardiovascular and comorbidities in rheumatoid arthritis SIG: read more TBC Ailsa Bosworth
Sally Fenton
George Kitas
16.00-17.30 Ethnicity SIG: read more TBC K.M. Mahendranath
Arumugam Moorthy
Kanta Kumar
16.00-17.30 Heritable disorders of connective tissue SIG: read more TBC Alan Hakim
Philip Bull
Lara Bloom
16.00-17.30 Infections in rheumatology SIG: read more TBC Muddassir Shaikh
Matthew Cates
Kimme Hyrich
16.00-17.30 Specialised commissioning in rheumatology SIG: read more TBC Bridget Griffiths
Christopher Denton
Ian Bruce

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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  • 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.