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We are honoured and proud to host BSPED 2013 in Brighton!
Brighton is one of the most diverse and colourful cities in the UK. It is surely famous for its cultural/artistic and sports events, such as the Brighton Film Festival, the Brighton Fringe, Brighton Pride and the Brighton Marathon. It is rare to spend a weekend in Brighton finding yourself short of activities to engage in.
We are proud of Paediatrics in Brighton as well; the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital is developing as a tertiary centre year by year and the Brighton and Sussex Medical school has been rated one of the most popular universities achieving some of the highest application rates in the UK.
For this reason we have chosen to start the meeting this year with an opening ceremony which sees the involvement of our Medical School Dean Prof. J Cohen. Our Medical school nurtures our paediatrics department, in the same way we wish to nurture the light of science through the growth of our medical students who are the BSPED members of tomorrow.
Our programme this year will start with the CME meeting as usual, which will cover the interesting aspects of Puberty and Calcium Metabolism. Following this, we continue with an evening Satellite Symposium where world experts will discuss the fascinating world of PWS and TS.
The following day the endocrine programme will focus on themes of Fertility, Late Effects, Growth hormone and CAH. There will, as always, be opportunities for oral and poster presentations of new research.
We are very lucky that the world Diabetes day (14th November) falls in the middle of our meeting this year and to celebrate we will be holding a parallel Diabetes Professionals Meeting alongside the Main Meeting.
Throughout the event we aim to deliver the high standard expected from BSPED and carry on interesting you with novel content from both nationally and internationally renowned speakers.
Worthy of mention is our beautiful historic venue, the Brighton Dome. This consists of the Concert Hall, the Corn Exchange and the Royal Pavilion and was originally built for Prince Regent in 1805. It is inspired by water-colour paintings of India and during World War I it became a hospital for the injured Indian soldiers who would feel more at home.
We hope you will enjoy what we have prepared for you this year both from an educational and social point of view and we look forward to welcoming you to Brighton!
Shankar Kanumakala
Dunia Ismail
BSPED 2013 Co-convenors