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The 16th EULAR Annual European Congress of Rheumatology took place from 10 to 13 June 2015 in Rome, exactly 5 years after Rome hosted the 2010 congress.

SPCR members Professors Elaine Hay and Christian Mallen were amongst the delegates who chaired sessions. Elaine led the 'Optimising the use of electronic information and technology in clinical research' session and Christian the discussion on  'Clinically Suspect Arthralgia'.

Dr Andrew Finney, Lecturer at Keele University, commented: "One of the outstanding sessions of the conference was chaired by Professor Christian Mallen and looked at challenges in clinical practice. The session was a wonderful opportunity to understand the challenges of musculoskeletal problems in primary care. The success of the session saw questions asked not just of the speakers but also of the Chair himself, who was only too happy to exchange ideas."

EULAR 2015 was a wonderful opportunity to take in a conference in the irresistible city that is Rome. The conference was host to 15,000 delegates from across the world who  were able to network, share ideas and benefit from the work and research done by thousands worldwide within the specialism of Rheumatology."


- Dr Andrew Finney

This year, there was an extended programme for paediatric rheumatology and various activities initiated by the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS). The congress covered a broad spectrum of the rheumatic diseases and included lectures, basic science and clinical symposia, abstract sessions, presentations and discussions of difficult cases, workshops and special interest group sessions. The poster sessions, offered lively interaction between presenters and participants, are regarded by many as the heart of the congress.


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