Welcome to Birmingham!
The 46th Annual Meeting of the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes will be held on 7-9 November 2018 at the Repertory Theatre in Birmingham.
The Programme Organising Committee, the local diabetes and endocrine teams as well as Bioscientifica would like to welcome you to Birmingham. We think you will agree using a venue is in the centre of town will be convenient for access, and the panoramic views from the top of the new Library adjacent to the venue, are worth the walk up.
We have put together an exciting programme covering practical aspects of paediatric endocrinology and diabetes underpinned by robust science and key national and international trials. We have made the most of our local science and clinical expertise, particularly in DSD/adrenals, bone and rare diabetes; and also invited some world class speakers to present recent study outcomes, such as Trialnet and NESGAS.
We have again incorporated parallel sessions on both days – one with a diabetes and one with an endocrine 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 thyroid problems, growth, diabetes technology, and type 2 diabetes, always with an emphasis on the practical aspects of management. In place of meet the expert sessions, we have included ‘State of the Art’ lectures, but kept the question and answer sessions as part of these, on growth and NESGAS, and 20 years’ experience in Metabolic Bone disease. These will be special opportunities to celebrate the massive contributions of Professors Jeremy Kirk and Nick Shaw to our Society and Paediatric Endocrinology.
The CME day on Wednesday 7th November will also appeal to people from a variety of backgrounds with a stimulating mixture of talks including sessions on managing obesity and techniques to maximise childhood and adult height.
The Scientific programme will be complemented by satellite symposiums, more details of which will be announced shortly.
Hopefully you will find time to explore the area including the famous Bullring Shopping Centre and Symphony Hall and we are sure that those attending the Thursday evening dinner at Birmingham Council House (adjacent to the conference centre) will have a great time socialising and dancing!
We would like to thank you all for making the trip to the West Midlands and hope that you have an enjoyable few days in one of the UK’s great cities.
Renuka Dias and Tim Barrett
BSPED 2018 Convenors