Thousands of medical professionals descend on Newcastle

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Newcastle is enjoying a boom in medical conferences.

The city, in the north of England, will welcome almost 4,000 delegates this year to a string of national and international association meetings pertaining to the life sciences.

Four major conferences are taking place in September alone: The European Thyroid Association, the Association for the Study of Obesity, NuGO (focusing on the research areas of molecular nutrition, personalised nutrition, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology), will hold significant events at venues across the ‘NewcastleGateshead’ region. The European Network of Teratology Information Service and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists are hosting a joint conference.

Next month the Association for the Study of Medical Education holds its Annual Scientific Meeting at the Sage Gateshead, with more than 600 national and international medical professionals expected.

Rounding up the year’s medical events, the 17th Anaesthesia, Pain and Critical Care Update and the Multiple System Atrophy Trust’s Health and Care Professionals Study Day both take place in October, while the Federation of Infection Sciences Annual Conference takes place in November.

Paul Szomoru, director of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “Here in NewcastleGateshead, we’re lucky to be home to many world-leading academics and researchers in various fields of medical sciences, whose dedication and hard work has life-changing impacts all around the world. We’re one of six designated UK Science Cities and are home to cutting-edge facilities including the UK’s first biotechnology village, International Centre for Life, and the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA), the largest facility of its kind in Europe.

“Amazing innovations are happening here – for example Newcastle University was recently granted the first licence to create a baby with three genetic parents, which will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases – making NewcastleGateshead a natural fit for medical conferences where speakers and delegates are at the absolute forefront of their fields.”

“There are many important medical conferences that have chosen NewcastleGateshead as the place to bring their events this year. We are excited and looking forward to welcoming all the delegates here, and I know these national and international audiences will be impressed when they see the significant work that’s happening here.”

Newcastle University, ranked amongst the top 100 life science universities in the world, is playing host to several events.

Professor John Mathers, chair of NuGo Week 2018, said: “Here at Newcastle University, our Human Nutrition Research Centre is undertaking ground-breaking research in areas of high public health significance, including obesity and ageing. Our research includes understanding the interactions between mitochondria, nutrition and health – the theme of this year’s NuGO Week 2018. By bringing the conference to our home city, we can showcase the advances that we are making here and build and strengthen links with colleagues from around the world.”

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