Rheumatology experts head to Anglia Ruskin

Published: 21 November 2012 at 13:22

Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta invites international colleagues to Essex conference

Southend University Hospital’s eminent consultant rheumatologist, Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta, has invited some of the best brains in the field to a conference at Anglia Ruskin University later this month.

A one-day international symposium on polymyalgia rheumatic and giant cell arteritis – in which Professor Dasgupta is a world-renowned authority – is being staged at Anglia Ruskin’s Postgraduate Medical Institute in Chelmsford on Wednesday, 28 November.

Polymyalgia rheumatic (PMR) is an inflammatory condition which involves many (poly) painful muscles (myalgia).  It affects the muscles in and around the shoulder and upper arm areas, buttocks and thighs.

Giant cell arteritis (GCA) causes inflammation of the lining of the body’s medium and large arteries (vasculitis), particularly in the scalp.  Symptoms include severe headache, jaw muscle pain while chewing and vision loss.

Professor Dasgupta has been instrumental in introducing a new quick referral system to ensure patients with GCA symptoms receive rapid access to a hospital consultant to prevent them losing their eyesight.  In addition, his definitive classification criteria for PMR was highlighted earlier this year in the world’s most influential and respected rheumatology journals.

The Chelmsford symposium will bring together expert speakers from all over Europe, and will cover everything from the diagnosis and management of the two conditions to current research projects and patients’ personal experience.

Professor Dasgupta, who developed the British Society of Rheumatology guidelines for GCA and leads an international programme in 23 centres across the globe, said:

“In recent years, there have been great strides in the diagnosis and treatment of these two conditions, both of which can cause great pain, anguish and debility in sufferers.
“I am delighted that we have assembled such a prestigious list of erudite speakers for what will be, I am sure, a highly informative and stimulating day.”

Ruth Jackson, Director of the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) at Anglia Ruskin, added:

“The PMI is pleased to support this important initiative with our partner, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
“Our ambition is to bring international clinical leaders to our locality and to showcase to a wide audience the excellent work that is being undertaken here in Essex.”