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Ambassador programme gains conference for Leeds

Leeds Town Hall

Medical AGM to be hosted in January

Once again ConferenceLeeds has shown how effective it is to create specialist teams to bid for events. Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) and the University of Leeds acted as conference ambassadors to secure The Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society (ASAS) AGM.

It will take place on the 20th and 21st January 2017 at The Marriott Hotel, attended by about 120 experts in rheumatology. It is an annual event held in different locations around the world and was last in the UK in Bath in 2007.

Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, says: ‘With our ambition and determination to build our portfolio of conference city ambassadors, we’re proud to have worked hand-in-hand with our ambassador in order to secure such a prestigious conference. The healthcare industry is one of our key sector strengths in Leeds, which makes this a strong strategic win for us as a conferencing city. For ASAS2017 to have chosen Leeds highlights the vast amount of expertise that exists in the healthcare industry here, not just in academia, but in varying positions throughout the city.’

Helena Marzo-Ortega at LTHT and the University of Leeds approached ConferenceLeeds as part of its conference ambassador programme for support in the bidding process. Helena comments: ‘As a healthcare professional in Leeds, I am well aware of the amazing amount of expertise that exists in the health sector here. Ankylosing spondylitis and other spondyloarthritis are chronic conditions that affect young people causing disability and leading to enormous costs for the affected individuals and the society. Not only were these particular sets of diseases defined by experts working at the University of Leeds back in the mid-seventies, but the University currently has the biggest panel of experts in this sector in the UK and is known worldwide as a centre of excellence in rheumatology. I was confident that Leeds is one of the best places in the world for this conference to be held. s. By working with ConferenceLeeds I’ve been able to connect with the right people and tap into the network of healthcare professionals that exists here.’

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