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Join us for an informal Addison’s medical question & answer session with Professor Simon Pearce, chaired by Neil McClements (ADSHG CEO). 
Medic-in-a-Pub, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Friday 15th February 7pm-8.30pm
We’ll be gathering at the Forth Hotel (see www.theforthnewcastle.co.uk/) in their "Tommy Burns" snug bar between 7pm and 8.30pm on Friday 15th February.

Come along, buy a drink and pose a question (or two). Join us as we explore a range of common and not-so-common aspects of Addison’s.

Are you :
puzzled by sick day rules baffled by synacthen tests bemused by what your endo tells you or simply want to know how to manage sleep disturbance? Come along and find out!

This event is free and no ticket is required, just turn up or bring a friend!
About Our Speakers

Simon Pearce is Professor of Endocrinology at Newcastle University (UK), affiliated to the Institute of Genetic Medicine and the Royal Victoria Infirmary (part of the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust). He published his first research paper on Addison’s disease in 1998 and since then has been working to improve understanding of and treatment for the condition.

Neil McClements joined the Addison’s Disease Self-Help Group in October 2018 as Chief Executive. He is a board member of Haemochromatosis UK and a trustee of the British Liver Trust. In 2018, he was winner of the inaugural national Patient Safety Learning Awards and was a finalist in the AbbVie Better Health Awards

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Phillip Hench was born in Pittsburgh USA on 20 February 1896, the same year as his Polish/Swiss co-discoverer Tadeus Reichstein. After an arts degree he joined the US army in 1917. The army put him through a medical degree, which led him to the Mayo Foundation in Minnesota, where he specialised in arthritic diseases. His official biography on the Nobel website reports:
"In the course of his work he observed the favourable effects of jaundice on arthritic patients, causing a remission of pain. Other bodily changes, for example pregnancy, produced the same effect. These and other observations led him gradually to the conclusion that the pain-alleviating substance was a steroid. In the period 1930-1938, Dr.E. C. Kendall had isolated several steroids from the adrenal gland cortex. After several years of collaboration with Dr. Kendall, it was decided to try the effect of one of these substances, Compound E (later named cortisone), on arthritic patients. Delay in implementing this decision was caused by Dr. Hench's military service in World War II and by the costly and complicated isolation of the substance.  In 1948-1949, cortisone was successfully tested on arthritic patients. Hench also treated patients with ACTH, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland which stimulates the adrenal gland."  
Philip S. Hench died on March 30, 1965, aged 69.

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The Addison’s Disease Self-Help Group is the support group for people with Addison’s disease or adrenal insufficiency and their families in the UK and Ireland.The group was formed in 1984 and is a UK registered charity no. 1179825.

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