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2019 SSR meetings

SSR Autumn Meeting 2019

Thursday 31 October & Friday 1 November
John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

We are delighted to present the draft programme for the upcoming SSR Autumn meeting at the end of October which includes presentations from nationally and internationally renowned speakers.
On Thursday Prof David D’Cruz is giving us an update on antiphospholipid syndrome in the Watson Buchanan Memorial Lecture. Among other things the AHP session is going to discuss the very topical issues of the expanding role of the Advanced Practitioner and the use of biologics in complex situations. And for trainees we are going to provide a hands on session on the shoulder.

Dr Helen Lachmann is going to present the keynote lecture on Friday on Adult Onset Stills and periodic fever syndromes. Clinical update sessions from Dr Philip Riches and Mr Neal Millar will educate us on gout and mechanical tendinopathies. And to top it all off we have a head to head debate between Prof Stuart Ralston and Dr Jane Gibson on the value (or not) of ultrasound in GCA.

For fitness enthusiast there is the opportunity to ascend Arthur’s Seat (weather permitting) or have a quick dip in the Olympic pool to wet your appetite before the conference dinner on the Thursday evening.

We look forward to seeing you for what is certain to be an informative and entertaining two days.
Deadline for registration is 28th Oct 2019 but catering cannot be guaranteed after 20th October
Book today at:

SSR welcomes work on clinical, scientific or service topics as well as on topics such as patient safety, quality improvement and clinical audit.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Scottish Medical Journal. Prizes will be awarded for the best oral presentation, the best poster presentation and the best presentation by a student so get your thinking hats on.

Deadline for abstracts is 5pm on 20th September

Travel bursaries:
Travel bursaries of up to £200 are available for non-medical member of the SSR. More information can be found at


Other Meetings

Manchester Lupus and Connective Tissue Diseases Day

Tuesday 17th Sept 2019
Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, UK

At this one-day course, our faculty of national and internationally recognised experts will provide updates on the assessment and clinical management of the full-spectrum of connective tissue diseases. The course is an official satellite of the 16th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies (17th-20th September 2019) and so we will have a session of case-based discussions focused on thrombosis and haemostasis relating to this family of disorders.

The course is endorsed by the British Society for Rheumatology.

Registration details are on our website

 For more information, please see the flyer and draft programme.


SSP 61st Annual Meeting 2019

Thursday 24 & Friday 25 October 2019
Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline

We are delighted to announce the draft programme for the upcoming SSP meeting in October. We have a rich and diverse set of topics, with nationally and internationally renowned speakers from around the UK. The themes this year will cover aspects of cardiology, frailty, lung infection, acute kidney injury, infectious diseases and much more! Prof Angela Vincent from Oxford is going to talk on the challenging entity of Autoimmune Encephalitis, and Prof Anna Dominiczak from Glasgow is going to discuss the concept of Precision Medicine. We are certain this is going to be an informative and sociable meeting, and we hope very much that you can join us.

For more information, including travel and accommodation information, please visit:

Trainee Session
Our popular trainee session will be taking place on the Thursday morning. This year it will be facilitated by Dr Marion Slater, Consultant Physician, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. This will be a practical session suitable for trainees of all levels.

Call for Abstracts:
Abstracts are invited for this meeting for poster or podium presentation. SSP welcomes work on any clinical, scientific or service topic from the breadth of general medicine and its subspecialties, as well as on topics such as patient safety, quality improvement and clinical audit. (Please note that abstracts focusing on individual case studies will not normally be accepted). Abstracts will be scored and the top 4 will be selected for oral presentation. These will then be followed by a “Poster Storm” session, where 4 high scoring poster presenters will give a very brief summary of their work, and answer one or two questions from the audience.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 August 2019.

To submit an abstract, please return this form and send it to

The best presenter will be awarded the prestigious Fitzgerald Peel Prize. There are also prizes available for the best poster and best student poster. Presenters of abstracts selected for oral presentation will be eligible to apply for a travel grant to support presentation of their work at a national or international meeting.



Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group Rheumatology Synovitis Course

Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th December 2019
RCPEd, 11 Queen St, Edinburgh


Brit-PACT Emerging Frontiers in Psoriatic Arthritis - Fifth Annual Meeting

The Studio, 7 Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EP 
Friday 22nd November 2019

Please save the date for our fifth annual meeting on Friday 22nd November 2019 at The Studio, 7 Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EP.

Fellows travel costs will also be reimbursed.

This conference will be supported by pharmaceutical companies through educational grants, they have had no editorial control on the content of the programme.
Accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians will be applied for in due course.

To register your interest in attending this year’s conference please email 

Many thanks 
The Brit-PACT Steering Committee


Previous meetings

SSR Autumn Meeting 2018

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 November 2018

Venue: Hamilton Park Racecourse

Local organisers: Dr Islay Morrison & Dr Sanjiv Nandwani

SSR Autumn Meeting 2017

Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October 2017

Venue: Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline

Local organiser: Dr Sarah Hailwood

SSR Autumn meeting 2016

Friday 4 and Saturday 5 November 2016

Venue: Apex Hotel, Dundee

Local organisers: Dr Suzy Silburn & Dr Smita Bhat


SSR Autumn meeting 2015

Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October 2015

Venue: Hilton Treetops Hotel, Aberdeen

Local Organisers: Dr Neil Basu and Dr Ejaz Pathan


SSR Autumn meeting 2014

Friday 7 November 2014

Venue: Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, Clydebank

Local organisers: Dr Martin Perry and Dr Gillian Roberts

SSR spring meeting 2014

Friday 23 May 2014

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Training Centre,
UAILL Centre, Westburn Drive, Cambuslang, Glasgow, G72 7NA

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Training Centre

Local Organisers: Dr Sandeep Bawa, Dr Karen Donaldson, Dr Meng May Chee.

SSR Autumn Meeting and 11th AGM

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th November 2013

Venue: Apex Hotel, 1 W Victoria Dock Rd Dundee
Local Organisers: Drs Su Tan and Vinod Kumar

Apex Hotel

SSR and SRUG Joint Spring Meeting

Thursday 16th May 2013 - Friday 17th May 2013

Venue: RCPE, Queen St, Edinburgh


10th Paediatric Musculoskeletal Skills Course 2012

Monday 3nd December 2012

Venue:Wolfson Medical School, Glasgow University

Wolfson Medical School, Glasgow University

Aberdeen - Autumn 2012

Thursday 1st - Friday 2nd November 2012

Venue: Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen

Ardoe House Hotel

Local Organisers: Prof Cosimo De Bari and Dr Alison Black

Spring Meeting 2012

Thursday 19th - Friday 20th April 2012

Venue: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow


Local Organisers: Drs David McCarey and Sarah Saunders.

Autumn Meeting 2011, incorporating 9th AGM

Friday 28th October 2011

Venue: Barcelo Marine Hotel, Troon

Barcelo Marine Hotel, Troon

Local Organisers: Dr Sujit Shetty

Spring Meeting 2011,
Royal Society of Edinburgh, Friday 24th June 2011.

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Organisers: Drs Mohini Gray and Nicole Amft.

28th-29th October 2010
Autumn meeting 2010, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen.

Dr Hazem Youssef with members of the SSR and Prof Cyrus Cooper

Local Organiser: Dr Hazem Youssef with members of the SSR and Prof Cyrus Cooper who delivered the inaugural Watson Buchanan Memorial Lecture.

Friday 25th June 2010
Spring meeting 2010, RCPSG

local organiser: Hilary Wilson, pictured along with members of the SSR Executive, prize winners and Kipper the dog!

Local Organiser: Hilary Wilson, pictured along with members of the SSR Executive, prize winners and Kipper the dog!

Friday 9th October 2009
Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, Fife

Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, Fife

Local Organiser: Dr. John McLaren

Friday 27th March 2009
Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Local Organiser: Professor Jim Woodburn

Friday 7th November 2008

Centre for Health Science, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.

Centre for Health Science, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness

Local Organiser: John Harvie

Friday 14th March 2008
James Watt College, Inverclyde

Local organiser, Dr Lisa Hutton, with Dr May Sein with some SSR members

Local organiser: Dr Lisa Hutton, with Dr May Sein with some SSR members

Friday 2nd November 2007
Perth Concert Hall

Perth Concert Hall - Exterior Perth Concert Hall - Foyer

Saturday 21st April 2007
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow

Local organisers, Dr David Crosbie and Ms Joanne Black Guest Speaker Professor Mike Lean

Friday 27th October 2006
Marine Hotel, North Berwick.

Joint meeting with the Icelandic Society of Rheumatology.

A gift of pickled shark A happy group A toast

Autumn in North Berwick Viking host Lunch Icelandic guests

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