The Unusual Suspects: An Afternoon of Rare Diseases 2017

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Our 5th annual symposium is officially open for registration! The Royal Society of Medicine are hosting an afternoon of talks about different rare diseases. Topic include neuroendocrine tumours and spontaneous coronary artery dissection.

This is a great opportunity for medics, early in their careers, to hear from top specialists and patient advocates about why rare diseases are so important. Not only do they affect 3.5 million people in the UK but 75% of those are children. Many rare diseases that were once life-limiting can now be treated and depend. Early diagnosis is often crucial for this to happen.

Come and learn about something different and change perceptions about rare diseases. Individually they’re rare but together they are common! #daretothinkrare

Topics & Speakers

Kay Parkinson, CEO of CRDN and Director of Alstrom Europe speaking on Alstrom Disease. Alstrom is a multisystem disease that can cause: visual & hearing problems, cardiomyopathy and type 2 diabetes. Signs and symptoms of Alstrom can be picked up from as early as infancy.

Dr. Raj Srirajaskanthan, Consultant Gastroenterologist and NET Specialist, Kings College Hospital speaking on neuroendocrine tumours. Neuroendocrine cancers can effect a number of organs and systems e.g. lungs, pancreas and GIT. 60% are diagnosed at an advanced stage which could be improved with greater awareness of NETs.

Dr Abtehale Al-Hussaini Consultant Cardiologist will be talking on Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection. SCAD has a predominance in women and those affected often have no cardiovascular risk factors. When a coronary artery dissects the torn artery or the resulting thrombus can lead to hypoxia and subsequently an MI.

Professor Paul Gissen, Consultant in Paediatric Metabolic Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital will be talking on Battens Disease. Battens disease is a complicated neurodegenerative disorder that can present in infancy through to adulthood. There is currently no cure but research not only hopes to change this but is also shedding light on the pathology of other, common, neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

Details and Registration

EVENT DATE: 03/05/17
TIME: Registration from 1.15 PM
LOCATION: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

To sign up via the RSM website click here

RSM members £5 and non-members £10

Details of the poster competition will be confirmed soon.


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