EULAR annual congress 2011

During the EULAR annual congress, to which over 16,000 people attended, was prominently on display in the EULAR village. Our rather vibrant stand proved to be an extremely popular spot, attracting visitors from right across Europe and indeed the world. The stand featured an interactive i-pad presentation which allowed passers by to read about the project and the chance to register their details for further information. This simple method proved to be highly valuable and we are now able to disseminate our news, deliverables/outputs and progress to a much larger and more varied audience.

The stand also paid homage to our new ‘in house’ branding which has been in progress for the last 6 months. Both the new logo and image were displayed on 3 large backdrops as well as various promotional products such as pens, bags and badges. Also on offer were our country factsheets which have been in development during the past 6 months by WP4 in Truro, Cornwall. Much interest was shown in the factsheets which will no doubt prove to be an essential tool for comparing and contrasting the burden of MSC and MSC healthcare across Europe. If you are interested in receiving a factsheet pack please email


EUMUSC.Net was also a hot topic during many meetings, talks and sub fgroups throughout the congress. Work package 5 also displayed a process which outlined the process involved in developing the user focussed Standards of Care for osteoarthritis.

In addition to the stand, a very successful reception evening was held at the Medical Society of London. The overarching theme of the evening was to celebrate the significant progress made by the project but also to engage and motivate our members toward challenges which lay ahead. The Medical society located on London’s Cavendish Square provided an atmospheric venue for the evening which included a champagne reception followed by various speeches from our key Work Package leaders. Prof. Anthony Woolf opened proceedings with a brief overview of the project as well as an outline of the activities and progress of WP4. Following presentations were made by Ingemar Petersson and Till Uhlig who detailed the future expectations of the final work packages, 6 and 7. The reception attendees were serenaded by the wonderful ‘Morland duo’ whose cello playing created a very serene/composed ambience to the evening. Many thanks to all those who attended and made the evening such a success.