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Immunology Summit puts spotlight on the total burden of disease

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Natasha de Peyrecave, Medical Immunology Operations Europe
There have been extraordinary advances in the understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases over the past decade and a half. But is enough being done to treat patients in a holistic way that addresses every aspect of their quality of life?

This is the question to be addressed at the Sixth International Immunology Summit, an educational event organised by UCB, which takes place in Prague from 12-14 March.

The outlook for patients with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and axial spondyloarthritis has improved greatly. Severe disability has become less common and more patients remain in employment.

However, patients still face difficulties which may not be addressed by the current approach to managing their disease. For example, pain and fatigue may be a daily problem for patients even if some of the primary symptoms of their movement disorder are being well managed.

For doctors, these issues may not be immediately apparent. That is why the Immunology Summit is putting the spotlight on the total burden of chronic diseases in patients' lives.

The event captures the essence of UCB's tagline – Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. We aim to support scientists and healthcare professionals to apply cutting-edge knowledge in a way that meets the needs of patients.

Entitled "Optimising Management of Musculoskeletal Diseases: Treating the ‘Human’ and the ‘Being’", the summit is bringing together more than 500 experts to explore what matters most to patients and look at ways for healthcare professionals to respond.

Led by experts
The Immunology Summit programme was put together by a faculty of over 40 experts, led by Professor Peter Taylor, University of Oxford, UK, who chairs the group.

The event will feature debates, panel discussions, case studies and hands-on workshops, as well as plenaries and mini-symposia sessions, and an opportunity to meet with faculty and one another in small groups.

The plenary sessions from the event will be streamed live, making it accessible to registered healthcare professionals with an interest in this topic who are unable to make it to Prague.

The Summit builds on the work of previous editions. Over the last six years it has evolved from focusing on understanding autoimmune diseases and discussing treatment guidelines to treating to target and optimising management.

This year for the first time the dedicated Summit website will host an immunology refresher course for attending healthcare professionals as well as an optional survey to assess baseline knowledge and attitudes ahead of the event.

Following the Summit, videos of the plenary sessions as well as other interactive immunology activities will be available online for attendees.

For an introduction to the Sixth International Immunology Summit visit the video.

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