Complex Crystal Arthritis

The Complex Crystal Arthritis course offers a programme full of content for all rheumatology professionals.

The course will provide delegates with an educational update as well as the chance to exchange best practice with peers through an interactive discussion of challenging real life clinical cases. 

Date: 10 July 2019

Venue: BCEC, Birmingham

CPD: 5

With a programme packed full of speakers who are leaders in their field of Rheumatology this is the perfect setting to learn from the experts and have the opportunity to ask those all-important questions.

Who should attend? 

This one day course is ideally suited to GPs, consultant rheumatologists, trainees and physicians in other specialties.


Secure your place at the Complex Crystal Arthritis course. Registration closes Friday 05 July.



By the end of this 1 Day course, you will be able to: 

  • Become aware of the latest evidence to inform optimum urate-lowering therapy and learn how to achieve it in clinical practice 
  • Learn how to manage gout in patients with complex comorbidities such as chronic kidney disease, organ transplantation and cardiovascular disease 
  • Understand therapeutic options to treat gout other than allopurinol including febuxostat and uricosuric drugs 
  • Understand the role of ultrasound and dual-energy CT (DECT) in the diagnosis of crystal arthritis, their specific imaging features and diagnostic utility 
  • Understand which metabolic conditions predispose to calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition and which patients should be screened for these 
  • Learn about options for pharmacological management of complex calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition 
  • Participate in discussion of challenging real-life clinical cases

Event schedule

Wednesday 10 July:

Time Session title
09:15-09:45 Registration and coffee
9:45-10:00 Welcome and introduction to the day
10:00-10:30 Evidence-based urate-lowering therapy: what is it and how is it achieved?
11:30-11:15 Managing gout in chronic kidney disease and organ transplant recipients                  
11:15-11:45 Break
11:45-12:15 Febuxostat: effectiveness and safety in clinical practice
12:15-12:45 Uricosuric drugs: when, how and which one?
12:45-13:15 Advanced imaging in crystal arthritis
15:15-14:00 Lunch 
14:00-14:30  Metabolic predisposition in calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition: who to screen, when and for what?
14:30-15:00 Pharmacological management of calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition
15:00-16:00 Complex cases and panel discussion
16:00 Close


  Member Non-Member
Level 1 (Consultant, Allied speciality consultant, Clinical academic and Pharma representatives)
£250 £375
Level 2 (Rheumatology speciality trainee, Foundation trainee, GP, Non-clinical scientist, Research fellow and speciality doctor)
£180 £270
Level 3 (Health professional, Nurse, Charity representative, Student, Retired and Parent, patients and carers)
£150 £225

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 Friday 14 June 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.