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Overview

The UK’s foremost gathering of leading rheumatology professionals, Annual Conference is full of opportunities to learn, share and network. 

 

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester next year, 26 - 28 April 2021.

Conference update: Read our official statement on the cancellation of Annual Conference 2020

We will be publishing the abstracts and posters submitted for the 2020 programme on the conference app shortly. The abstracts will also be published in the April edition of the Rheumatology journal.

FAQs

Is Annual Conference cancelled or postponed?

Annual Conference 2020 is cancelled. With uncertainty around the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, along with its size and complexity, we can't delay it to later in the year.

Where/when will the next one take place?

The next Annual Conference is in Manchester on 26-28 April 2021.

How do I arrange a refund for my conference ticket?

All booked delegates will receive a full refund of the registration fee paid. This has been issued automatically; you don't need to send a refund request. Refunds are credited back onto the card that was used to make the booking, whether this is for an individual or a group.

If you were entitled to complimentary registration, your booking will still be cancelled and you will receive confirmation of this. Due to the large number of cancellations being processed, refunds will be issued by the end of April. We thank you for your patience while we work through this.

Can I claim back my travel expenses?

We are unable to reimburse travel or accommodation costs for delegates. If you are a speaker with entitlements for complimentary travel and accommodation, please cancel and claim refunds directly from providers where possible. If your bookings are non-refundable, we will reimburse you for any expenses incurred up to the date of cancellation (10 March). Please complete your speaker expenses form and send back to Isabelle Hanley Timmins as soon as possible.

Can I transfer my ticket to next year?

We can't transfer tickets to 2021. All delegates are being reimbursed for this year and are invited to register next year when registration opens in January.

What happens if I am a poster presenter, oral abstract presenter etc?

All poster, ePoster and oral abstract presenters are invited to submit these to be shared digitally on our conference app. Instructions for submitting digitally are available here. All accepted abstracts will be published in Rheumatology journal and will be available online from 20 April 2020.

Are the pre-conference courses going ahead?

The pre-conference courses have been postponed and will be rescheduled. The refund process is the same as for Annual Conference. All booked delegates will receive a full refund of their registration fee. This is issued automatically; you don't need to send a refund request. Refunds are credited back onto the card used to make the booking.

I am an Annual Conference exhibitor/sponsor. Will I receive a refund?

In line with your exhibitor agreement, we'll refund your payment, minus an amount to help us meet our operational costs. If you haven't made a payment yet, you'll receive a credit note to accompany your invoice, minus an amount to help us meet our operational costs. If you've got any other queries, please contact Matthew Bates with any queries.

Monday 20 April

Morning session
07.00-14.15

Includes Jewels in the Crown

Time

Session title

Speakers

07.00-09.00

Registration


09.00-10.30

EULAR: crystal arthropathies

Prof Eliseo Pascual, Dr Michelle Hui and Prof Alexander So

09.00-10.30

Oral abstracts: osteoporosis and osteoarthritis


09.00-10.30

Peer Review, GiRFT and service accreditation – what's in it for me?

Dr Lesley Kay, Dr Elizabeth Price and Dr Karen Douglas

09.00-10.30

B-Cell targeted therapies in autoimmune rheumatic diseases

Prof Xavier Mariette, Prof Jo Edwards and Prof Edward Vital 

09.00-10.30

Physiotherapy interventions in rheumatic and MSK diseases (RMDs): looking to the future

William Gregory, Melissa Domaille and Melanie Martin

10.30-11.30

Refreshment break and posters


11.30-13.15

Jewels in the Crown


13.15-14.15

Lunch and networking


Afternoon session
14.15-19.00

Includes Heberden Round

Time

Session title

Speakers

14.15-15.45

Scleroderma SIG

Dr Elizabeth Renzoni and Dr Gerry Coghlan

14.15-15.45

Oral abstracts: rheumatoid arthritis


14.15-15.45

Maximising work participation for people with MSK disorders SIG

Prof Gary Macfarlane, Dr Cathy Linakar and Martin Underwood

14.15-15.45

Fake news in osteoarthritis?

Ali Mobasheri, Prof Andrew McCaskie and Dr Richard Haigh

14.15-15.45

Preparing for life as a consultant

Dr David Nicholl, Dr Sarah Skeoch and Dr Iona Thorne

14.15-15.45

Best Practice Awards


15.45-16.15

Refreshment break and posters


16.15-17.15

Heberden Round


17:30-19:00

Nailfold capillaroscopy SIG

Dr Graham Dinsdale, Dr John Allen and Dr Kevin Howell

17:30-19:00

Pregnancy and rheumatic disease SIG

Maria Mouyis, Dr Ian Giles and Dr Iona Thorne

17:30-19:00

Ultrasound for rheumatology practice

Dr Sarang Chitale, Dr Christina Estrach and Dr Andrew Filer

17:30-19:00

MSK pain SIG

Anushka Soni, Ian Scott, Dr Jordan Tsigarides and Daniel McWilliams

Tuesday 21 April

Early morning session
07.00-11.30

Includes SIG sessions


Time

Session title

Speakers

07.00-09.00

Registration


07.15-08.45

Sjögren's SIG

Dr Stephen Bicknell, Prof Kate Stevens and Dr Girish Gupta

07.15-08.45

Spondyloarthritis SIG

Dr Arumugam Moorthy, Liz Van Rossen, Dr Oliver Fitzgerald, Dr Helena Marzo-Ortega and Laura Coates

07.15-08.45

Rheumatology in low- and middle-income countries SIG

Dr Robert Moots, Prof Ali Jawad, Prof Omondi Oyoo and Prof Ian Chikanza

07.15-08.45

Education SIG

Diana Finney, Prof Andrew Hassell, Dr David Coady and Pippa Watson

07.15-08.45

Myositis SIG

Dr Patrick Gordon, Dr Michael Reed and Dr Maria Kokosi

07.15-08.45

SLE and BILAG investigators' SIG

Prof Ian Bruce, Prof Edward Vital and Dr Bridget Griffiths

09.00-10.30

EULAR: large-vessel vasculitis

Bernhard Hellmich and Christina Duftner

09.00-10.30

Science: from genetics to clinical translation in rheumatic MSK diseases


09.00-10.30

Essentials: symptom management

Dr Raj Sengupta, Prof Matthew Collin and Dr Stefan Brady

09.00-10.30

Show us your feet

Dr Lindsey Cherry, Prof Anthony Redmond and Dr Louise Warburton

09.00-10.30

National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit (NEIAA) data: what does it tell us?

Dr Jo Ledingham, Mark Yates and Paul Amlani-Hatcher

09.00-10.30

Fever and rheumatology: is it infection, inflammation or hyperinflammation?

Dr Jessica Manson, Dr Rachel Tattersall and Dr Sinisa Savic

10.30-11.30

Refreshment break and posters



Mid-morning session
11.30-14.30

Includes Essentials and EULAR sessions


Time

Session title

Speakers

11.30-13.00

Essentials: disease management

Dr Harsha Gunawardena, Dr Christopher Holroy and Dr Stefan Siebert

11.30-13.00

Science: debate – pain in osteoarthritis; when, why and how?

David Walsh, John McBeth, Tonia Vincent and Nidhi Sofat

11.30-13.00

What do we need to support self-management?

Prof Sarah Ryan, Dr Elizabeth Hale and Dr Emma Dures

11.30-13.00

EULAR: cannabis in rheumatic disease

Georg Pongratz, Steve Alexander and David Finn

11.30-13.00

Immunosuppression in the context of infections

Dr Muddassir Shaikh, Dr David Lowe and Dr Alisdair MacConnachie

11.30-13.00

Oral abstracts: best abstract session


13.00-14.30

Lunch and AGM



Afternoon session
14.30-19.00

Includes the Heberden Oration


Time

Session title

Speakers

14.30-16.00

Oral abstracts: spondyloarthropathies


14.30-16.00

Science: pathological mechanisms of SLE

David Hunt, Alexander Clark and Helen Wright

14.30-16.00

Adolescent and young adult SIG

Dr Liza Dunkley, Dr Corinne Fisher and Dr Flora McErlane

14.30-16.00

Mental health and persistent physical symptoms in inflammatory arthritis: recent insights and implications for practice

Dr John Pimm, Dr Sam Norton and Dr Mary Docherty

14.30-16.00

Fast bleep the rheumatologist! Rheumatological emergencies

Prof Hector Chinoy, Prof David D'Cruz and Prof Raashid Luqmani

14.30-16.00

Quality improvement: building capacity and capitalising on opportunities to improve care

Gaby Ford, Dr Ian Woolhouse and Dr John Dean

16.00-16.30

 Refreshment break


16.30-17.30

Heberden Oration


17.30-19:00

Crystal Arthritis SIG

Lorraine Watson, Dr Philip Riches and Dr Simon Otter

17:30-19:00

Ethnicity SIG

Joti Rehal, Dr Arumugam Moorthy and Dr Avinash Jain

Wednesday 22 April

Morning session
07.00-14.15

Includes Droitwich Lecture and Barbara Ansell Address


Time

Session title

Speakers

07.00-09.00

Registration


07.15-08.45

Osteoarthritis SIG

Dr Fraser Birrell and Dr Sarah Kingsbury

07.15-08.45

Specialised rheumatology commissioning SIG

Dr Bridget Griffiths, Prof Christopher Edwards and Dr Frances Hall

07.15-08.45

Vasculitis SIG

Dr Neil Basu, Prof Raashid Luqmani and Dr Alwin Sebastian

09.00-10.30

Long-term outcome studies in paediatric and adolescent onset autoimmune rheumatic disease: a closer look at JSLE, JDM and vasculitis

Dr Coziana Ciurtin, Dr Liza McCann and Dr Despina Eleftheriou

09.00-10.30

Publish or perish

Dr James Galloway, Prof Jon McBeth and Dr Marwan Bukhari

09.00-10.30

Cardiac complications of rheumatic disease and anti-rheumatic therapies

Prof George Kitas, Dr Antonis Pantazis and Dr  Taryn Youngstein

09.00-10.30

Oral abstracts: registers


09.00-10.30

Framing the future of rheumatology nurses and health professionals

Diana Finney, Elizabeth McIvor and Prof Thea Vliet Vlieland

10.30-11.30

Refreshment break and posters


11.30-13.00

One size doesn't fit all

Dr Benjamin Ellis, Dr Rosemary Hollick and Dr Stuart Kyle

11.30-13.00

Droitwich Lecture and Barbara Ansell Address


11.30-13.00

Oral abstracts: connective tissue disease


11.30-13.00

BSR guidelines in practice: practical advice and case studies of guideline implementation

Dr James Galloway, Dr Christopher Holroyd, Dr Edward Roddy and Dr Ian Giles

11:30-13:00

Essentials: experts in the field

Dr Harsha Gunawardena, Dr Ida Haugen, Dr Felix Woodhead and Dr Michele Bombardierie

13.00-14.15

Lunch



Afternoon session
14.15-15.45

Includes sessions on osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease


Time

Session Title

Speakers

14.15-15.45

Sjögren's - The spectrum of disease

Dr Benjamin Fisher, Prof Athimalaipet Ramanan and Dr Michele Bombardieri

14.15-15.45

Oral abstracts: health and health service research


14.15-15.45

Osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease

Prof Jon Tobias, Dr Kassim Javaid and Dr Nicola Crabtree

14.15-15.45

Life-threatening multi-system autoimmune rheumatic diseases

Dr Boris Lams, Prof David D'Cruz and Dr Marina Anderson

14.15-15.45

Skin, joint and bone

Prof Dennis McGonagle, Dr Richard Keen and Prof Miriam Wittmann



Sjögren's

Sjögren's






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