Last week, BSR met with the Department of Health to discuss working together to raise awareness of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. In a productive meeting, we discussed the Rare Disease Forum report detailing progress on the implementation of the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases, along with a forthcoming BSR report, which is due to be published shortly.

As part of this, we stressed that rare autoimmune diseases, as an umbrella group, are an important but overlooked part of the strategy to date which has so far focused on the 80% of rare diseases that have an identified genetic cause. To raise awareness in this area, we discussed how we could work together to deliver the recommendations from the BSR report, along with the role of audit and registry systems.

Prior to this meeting, we also had the opportunity to meet Dr Taryn Youngstein, a rheumatology trainee who is one of the junior doctors protesting outside Richmond House, as part of  the “Time To Talk, Jeremy” (timetotalkjeremy.org) campaign.

Indian Rheumatology Association Exchange Fellowship Programme

BSR, in collaboration with the Indian Rheumatology Association, are pleased to invite applications for two bursaries of £1,200 for senior trainees in adult or paediatric rheumatology to spend a fortnight in India at a centre of excellence in Rheumatology.

This will give British trainees a unique experience of observing the practice of rheumatology in India.
Full details and application can be found on the BSR website. The submission deadline is 13 May 2016.

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Refresh your knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy

Join us in the state-of-the-art anatomy and surgical training facilities at Keele University, on 23th May 2016, for a highly interactive anatomy course.
Attendees will benefit from hands-on anatomy teaching and demonstrations using prosections, cadavers and 3D video simulations.
Places are filling up fast! Reserve yours online now.

Autumn Conference: abstract submissions

Abstracts are now open for submission for the Autumn Conference to be held in Bath, 13-14 October 2016.
The four topics confirmed for this year are:

 * Raynaud’s disease – Convened by Prof Ariane Herrick
 * Spondyloarthropthies – Convened by Prof Walter Maksymowych
 * Vasculitis – Convened by David Jayne
 * Infection and arthritis – Convened by Prof Robert Moots

Abstract submissions close 05 June 2016. Submit your abstract online now.

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