Leading Leeds specialists in SpondyloArthritis have attracted a major conference to the city in 2017, underlining the English city’s strong hub of healthcare knowledge.
The Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society will hold its annual general meeting in Leeds from 20-21 January 2017, following a strong bid from conference ambassadors from both Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and the University of Leeds, in conjunction with ConferenceLeeds. The event is expected to bring 120 specialists in the field to the city.
Spondyloarthritis (SpA), is an umbrella term applied to a group of rheumatic diseases with features in common with and distinct from other inflammatory arthritides, particularly rheumatoid arthritis. If not diagnosed and treated early, it often leads to significant morbidity.
Leeds is recognised for its knowledge in the field as home to a specialist SpA clinic. This is backed by the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM), a world-leading research centre in rehabilitative and Musculoskeletal medicine dedicated to improving diagnosis, therapy, intervention and outcome across the spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal medicine. It works closely with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, particularly as a strategic partner in the Leeds NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU), an National Institute for Health Research-funded centre of excellence for translational musculoskeletal research.
Dr Helena Marzo-Ortega at the University of Leeds played an integral role in winning the conference for the city. She says: “At the university, we work hard to showcase our expertise in the healthcare sector on a global scale and being able to hold this conference in Leeds has given us the perfect opportunity to do so. Not only that, but the recognition I have had from within the industry, both nationally and internationally, has been excellent and something I am very proud of.”
Healthcare is a major driver of the city’s knowledge economy, and Leeds is one of the recognised leaders in the UK in commissioning and delivering integrated health and social care services.
The city region is the headquarters to four of the five most important UK national health service bodies: NHS England; the NHS Leadership Academy; the Health & Social Care Information Centre, home of the national health and social care data collections; Health Education England, the national body responsible for organising health and healthcare education and training; and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which includes the largest teaching hospital in Europe.
Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, said: “The development of our conference ambassador programme means we are able to tap into the vast amount of expertise that exists in Leeds, both within our academia and in our key sectors of digital, health and innovation, financial and manufacturing. The healthcare industry is one of our key sector strengths in Leeds, which makes this a strong strategic win for us as a conferencing city. For ASAS2017 to have chosen Leeds highlights the vast amount of expertise that exists in the healthcare industry here, not just in academia, but in varying positions throughout the city.”
The bureau has also recently won conferences from the British Association of Indian Anaesthetists (BAOIA) and the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS).
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