Welcome to 45th BSPED Annual Meeting at Gateshead
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The Programme Organising Committee, the local diabetes and endocrine teams as well as Bioscientifica look forward to welcoming you to Newcastle and Gateshead. We think you will agree that the conference venue is quite a spectacle and its location near the bridges crossing the river Tyne is worthy of a photograph or two.
Constructing this years’ programme has been enjoyable and made easier by the fact that a number of key national and international trials and studies have recently finished. The outcomes of the SCIPI trial of insulin pump therapy, the ADdit trial of cardiovascular protection, the NIHR funded transition study and the BPSU study of congenital hypothyroidism will all be presented and discussed at this meeting on either Thursday 23rd or Friday 24th November.

You will note that there are parallel sessions on both days – one with an Endocrine and one a Diabetes flavour, aimed at the broad range of health professionals within these specialities. We have been keen to select varied but highly topical areas, allowing the programme to cover aspects of hypothyroidism, autoimmune endocrine disease, the rarer forms of diabetes as well as developments in diabetes care with a focus on the practical aspects of management. We are also keen to encourage audience participation and so there is a ‘Meet the Expert’ session covering the management of hypogonadism and a debate about the role of psychology support in diabetes.
The main programme will be complemented by satellite symposia, covering topics that include Turner syndrome and bone.
The CME day on Wednesday 22nd November will also appeal to people from a variety of backgrounds with talks on glucose-related and non-glucose related areas of clinical practice.
We would like to thank you all for making the trip to the North-East and hope that you have an enjoyable few days in one of the UK’s great cities.

Tim Cheetham
BSPED 2017 Convenor