Liverpool to host UK's first Osteoarthritis world congress

More than 1,400 international delegates will gather at ACC Liverpool next April for the Osteoarthritis Research Society International Association (OARSI)'s annual world congress.

ACC Liverpool: to host UK’s first Osteoarthritis world congress
ACC Liverpool: to host UK’s first Osteoarthritis world congress

It will be the first time the event, now in its 27th year, has taken place in the UK. Attendees will have the opportunity to share knowledge and address the challenges of osteoarthritis in education, clinical practice and research.

Liverpool fought off competition from Athens and Lisbon to secure the congress, which is expected to generate £2.4m in economic impact for the city region. The bid was coordinated by the ACC, the OARSI and ambassadors Professor Jim Gallagher and Professor George Bou-Gharios, both from the University of Liverpool.

Anthony Celenza, director of meetings and exhibits at Osteoarthritis Research Society International, said: "Liverpool has many strengths in osteoarthritis such as the international centre of excellence for research into alkaptonuria at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, the new national research centre dedicated to arthritis treatment and the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA).

"It was therefore an ambition of everyone involved to bring the annual congress to Liverpool, and indeed the UK. We are looking forward to bringing our delegates to ACC Liverpool for the first time in 2018."

ACC Liverpool has hosted a series of annual conferences in the osteoarthritis field such as the British Society of Rheumatology, the British Orthopaedic Association and the British Association for Surgery of the Knee.

Kerrin MacPhie, director of exhibition and conference sales at ACC Liverpool, said: "This event is an example of the city capitalising on its expertise in the medical sector as both the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University lead the way in this field.

"Ambassadors are crucial in the bid process, particularly when competing against other international destinations, as they can help highlight to their own important networks the facilities we have at ACC Liverpool and our world class location."


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