Published: 9 March 2016 at 11:37
International experts to meet in Southend for three-day Anglia Ruskin event
World-renowned surgeons and medical professionals will gather in Southend to tackle some of the most debilitating health problems in the developed world.
Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA), a condition in which the arteries become inflamed, causes problems ranging from headaches, joint pain and fever to cardiovascular disease and even blindness.
It almost exclusively affects the over-50s and will be the main point of discussion at the three-day Southend International Symposium, being organised by Anglia Ruskin University in collaboration with Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
According to the NHS, one in every 4,500 people in the UK develop GCA every year and is three times as common in women than it is in men.
Other conditions being discussed during the symposium are Polymyalgia Rhumatica (PMR), which causes pain, stiffness and inflammation in the muscles around the shoulders, neck and hips, and Large Vessel Vasculitis (LVV), the inflammation of large blood vessels.
Medical experts from all over the globe will compare research, clinical guidance and management of these conditions to try and improve outcomes for patients. The meeting will hear about new international treatment guidelines for PMR and the draft 2016 guidelines for GCA. It will also discuss the latest clinical trials and the first international workshop for positron emission topography (PET) scanning in Rheumatology.
The use of early ultrasound is transforming the diagnosis of GCA in fast-track clinics set up to prevent sight loss, and the symposium features an ultrasound workshop where patients suffering from these conditions will be present to allow hands-on ultrasound experience for delegates.
Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta, Head of Rheumatology and Clinical Director of Research and Audit at Southend University Hospital said:
The event will run from March 10-12 at the Holiday Inn, Southend Airport. For further information, visit anglia.ac.uk/southendsymposium