Prof invites colleagues to Essex
21 November 2012
Southend University Hospital’s eminent consultant rheumatologist, Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta, has invited some of the best brains in the field to a conference later this month.
A one-day international symposium on polymyalgia rheumatica
(PMR) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) - in which Prof Dasgupta is a
world-renowned authority - is being staged at Anglia Ruskin
University on Wednesday, November 28.
Prof 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
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.
Prof 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 University, 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."
Note to editors:
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
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.