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The EULAR Annual European Congress of Rheumatology took place in London from 8 to 11 June this year aiming to improve interaction between patients, medical doctors, scientists, health professionals.

Shula
Conference venue, ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock

The congress provided a wide range of topics which included clinical innovations, clinical translational and basic science. Delegates also saw contributions from Arthritis and Rheumatism (PARE), by Health Professionals in Rheumatology (HPR) and by the health care industry. The core science activity was poster presentations and poster tours and one of these was presented by SPCR trainee Shula Baker from Keele University. She presented her PhD study on social paticipation as an effect mediator in the association between musculoskeletal pain and mental health. "I found it inspiring to get such a diverse range of health professionals, patient advocates and researchers who share a common interest in rheumatology together in one place." Read Shula's blog here.

Shula's poster was really clear, indicating the importance of ensuring those with pain maintain a sense of purpose to stave off future mental health problems. Her poster was refreshingly distinct from the more lab based, rheumatoid arthritis focused poster at the conference and far more applicable to general practice"
- Dr James Prior