Mid-November saw the second International Symposium on polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis, this time in Southend. Seventy researching clinicians came together to share their latest projects and four patient representatives took part on (almost!) equal terms. It was so interesting to see how the science is confirming that PMR is a form of vasculitis, and beginning to solve the mystery of the overlap between PMR and GCA.
Meanwhile, PMRGCAuk is delighted that a sight research charity is funding two small research projects into sight loss caused by late diagnosis of GCA. The pilot fast track project supported by Lord Howe at the DoH has now reported and it shows that it saves money as well as sight. Our next challenge is to get the fast track embedded into commissioning. PMRGCAuk is hoping to appoint a professional Development Director next month to take this and our other projects forward. With professional support PMRGCAuk hopes to be able to take a more proactive part in the ARMA community. Until then, we wish everybody a happy and pain-free festive season.