ADSHG headed north of the border to Glasgow earlier this month to the Society for Endocrinology's annual three-day conference.
Over 1000 clinicians were in attendance at the Glasgow SECC, one of the UK's largest gatherings of the endocrine medical community. Our amazing volunteers (including Alison, Anna, Jennifer, Noel and our founder and patron Deana Kenward MBE) worked flat-out to raise awareness amongst doctors and endocrine nurses on adrenal insufficiency. By the end of the conference, only a few ADSHG publications, posters and leaflets remained - a testament to the success of the event in ensuring Addison's Disease is well recognised and understood by medics.
During the conference, we were also delighted to award the Annette Louise Seal Memorial Award to Chona Feliciano, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Chona had initiated a study to better understand the Hypothalamic-Pituitary Adrenal axis recovery rate of patients with Glucocorticoid-Induced Adrenal Insufficiency (GC-induced AI). Thanking our charity after the event, Chona said "I am honoured and humbled by this award". Her winning abstract was published at the conference for all attendees to learn from - we are thrilled to support Chona's research with this bursary.
Commenting on the success of the event, ADSHG's new Chief Executive, Neil McClements said :
"It's vital that our Addison's community actively engages with the endocrinology medical community, to raise awareness and develop our shared understanding of this rare disease. It's been wonderful to meet key members of the endocrine community at their main conference of the year. We've been overwhelmed with offers of support and collaboration from the medical community, which we will be progressing during 2019."
He continued :
"I would particularly like to recognise the wonderful efforts of our volunteers - Alison, Jennifer, Anna, Noel, Deana, Stewart, Linda, Bernadette & Terri - who put on such a informative display and patiently answered a seemingly unending number of questions from attendees. They worked tirelessly throughout the conference to raise awareness of Addison's - we simply couldn't have done it without them!"
Our thanks to the Society for Endocrinology for graciously funding our exhibition stand and travel expenses for our volunteers to attend.