ITP Convention 2017
Having celebrated the ITP Support Association's 20th birthday in 2015 we are marking our 20th patient convention in 2017. We held our 10th Convention at the Royal College of Pathologists, and return to London for our 20th, this time at the prestigious Royal Society of Medicine in Wimpole Street. You may know this address for its medical associations and as the street where Elizabeth Barrett Browning lived, but did you know John Lennon & Paul McCartney wrote 'I Want to Hold Your Hand', and Paul penned the tune of 'Yesterday' while staying in Wimpole Street?
Entry by ticket only
Our Convention will take place in the Max Rayne Auditorium & Atrium on Sat 13th May from 10am to 5.30pm with what can only be described as an ITP star cast! It is open to ITP patients, family members, health professionals, and anyone with an interest in ITP.
A recent survey of our members left us in no doubt that expert speakers are by far the most important requirement at conventions, and as you will see our list reads like a 'Who's Who of ITP!
Prof. Adrian Newland
Prof. James George
Prof. Victor Blanchette
Prof. John Hunter
Dr Drew Provan
Dr Jecko Thachil
Dr Marie Scully
We also learnt from the surveys that some people feel too frightened to attend. The feedback we receive at the end of conventions is that patients feel more able to cope, both through what they have heard, and from meeting others with ITP. Our speakers' presentations explain about ITP and related issues with the intention of increasing patient confidence and easing the fear and worry that so often accompanies the condition. Their presentations are not depressing or scary and they often give patients ideas to take back and discuss with their own doctor. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation, with their opinion being sought in two keypad voting sessions and during the head to head discussion on splenectomy, and questions can be put to the expert panel in the QA forum at the end of the day. Do give it a try if you haven't been before!
London venues have the advantage of being more accessible by public transport but they are considerably more expensive. We could not have contemplated holding our convention at the RSM had we not been promised some very generous pharma sponsorship enabling us to charge £40 per ticket (concession price of £25 per ticket for paid up members) instead of the actual delegate cost of £79 plus VAT charged by the RSM.
The Max Rayne Auditorium holds 150 people so book early if you wish to ensure your place!
10.00 REGISTRATION & COFFEE/TEA
Shirley Watson & Mervyn Morgan ITP Support Association
10.45 Treatment of ITP: 1931-2017
Professor James George University of Oklahoma, USA
11.15 ITP - Questions we forget to ask; information we forget to give?
Dr Marie Scully University College Hospital, London
11.45 ITP scenarios (Audience keypad response session)
Dr Drew Provan Royal London Hospital
12.15 COMFORT BREAK
12.30 Changes in the colonic microbiome in ITP
Professor John Hunter Gastroenterology Research, Cambridge
1.00 Is splenectomy an outdated treatment for ITP?
Prof. J.N. George & Prof. A.C Newland Head to head discussion
2.30 Childhood ITP (Exact title not yet confirmed)
Prof. Victor Blanchette Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto,
3.00 More ITP scenarios (2nd audience keypad response session)
Dr Drew Provan
3.30 Practical aspects of TPO drug use
Dr Jecko Thachil Manchester Royal Infirmary
4.00 TEA/COFFEE & RAFFLE
4.30 The Bleeding Disorders Research Group Study
Derek Elston ITP Support Association
4.45 Question Forum chaired by
Professor Adrian Newland Royal London Hospital