Good weather isn’t guaranteed but renowned speakers are, at nuclear medicine meeting in Glasgow

The British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) president, council members and scientific and education committee members would like to invite you to the BNMS Annual Spring Meeting on May 16-18 at the SEC, Glasgow.

The Elders of the City of Glasgow were of course looking for an event that would compensate for the lull after COP26 and reinvigorate Irn-Bru sales. They knew the BNMS annual meeting would fit the bill. During the selection process Glasgow city guaranteed either a warm welcome from the city or Mediterranean-type spring weather – we remain uncertain from the minutes which was agreed.

Registration is now open, with early bird rates applying until May 1; online registration will close on May 13.

This is the first face-to-face meeting of the BNMS since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. You may have thought you would not miss the swollen feet from standing all day, eyes gently closing on the first lecture after a previous heavy night, or watching your colleague give a presentation on a patient survey highlighting their disapproval of the grumpy face of the nuclear medicine physician – but of course, you did.

And you thought you would not miss the hunt for free pens that will not leak into your free sponsored bag on the way home, or the father-of-the-bride dad-dancing from SEC members after the awards dinner – but of course, you did.

Are you looking forward to the opportunity to meet old friends and colleagues in real life, as well as make new contacts and visit industry representatives in the exhibition?

The three-day meeting will begin with a bootcamp consisting of three streams aimed at the various disciplines. This includes a cardiac workshop, inspection preparation and experience, and advanced practice for RTNs focusing on non-medical reporting and professional development. This is followed by proffered papers, the commercial exhibition, poster presentations, prizes and awards, the president’s reception, awards dinner and afterparty.

We will have a great selection of renowned national and international speakers. On the Tuesday, the annual lecture on molecular radiotherapy will be given by Professor Valerie Lewington, a thought leader who has driven improved clinical care across the world. Wednesday’s highlights lecture will be given by Dr Charlotte Fowler and Professor Phil Blower (we believe the beautiful duo represent the ‘Will and Kate’ of the nuclear medicine community) to send you home on a high and show you what a brilliant meeting you have just attended.

International invited speakers sharing with us their knowledge and experience from across the world include: Dr Ramsey Badawi, co-director of the EXPLORER Molecular Imaging Center at UC Davis Health; Professor Dr Lioe Fee de Geus-Oei from Leiden University Medical Center; Professor Diwaker Jain from New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center, New York, USA; Dr Serge Leoshenko from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Professor Aravind Ravi Kumar from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia; Professor Arturo Chiti from Humanitas University, Milan, Italy; Professor Stefaan Vandenberghe from Ghent University, Belgium; Dr Qaisar Hussain Siraj from Farwania Hospital, Kuwait; Professor Dragana Sobic-Saranovic from University of Belgrade, Serbia; Bernard Ponsard of the Nuclear Medicine Europe Supply Security Committee, Belgium; Professor Mark Tulchinsky from Penn State University, Pennsylvania; and Dr Jason Lewis from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

There is a fantastic range of clinical and scientific sessions covering the disciplines of cardiology, oncology, neurology and GI imaging. In addition, there will be updates on cutting-edge technology and practice, a parathyroid masterclass, radiopharmacy updates, three sessions of radionuclide therapy, two multidiscipline PET sessions, quantitative imaging, radiation protection as well as a new session focusing on environmental aspects and sustainability. As always, dedicated streams cover physics and RTN disciplines, with parallel sessions for each of these on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Advanced Accelerator Applications is hosting a symposium on the evening of Sunday, May 15, at the Crowne Plaza for delegates and for the early birds there will also be breakfast symposiums on Tuesday and Wednesday provided by Bayer, SIRTeX and Boston Scientific.

The awards dinner will be held at the Science Museum and the afterparty at Radisson Red Sky Bar on Tuesday, all within walking distance of the conference centre and local hotels. You are now thinking about joining in with the dad-dancing aren’t you?

Don’t forget to take advantage of our early bird rates, members’ rates and reduced rates (you can register as a guest and find lower NHS banding and trainee rates). Also, a 10 per cent discount can be applied if five or more colleagues from the same department register for the meeting.

Glasgow has a great nuclear medicine pedigree, including the largest medical physics research division in the world, Europe’s largest hospital (the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital) and the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, the UK’s most advanced NHS cancer centre.

While visiting balmy spring Glasgow, drinking your Irn-Bru and topping up your vitamin D levels from the almost certain great weather, why not make the most of this great city? Glasgow is Scotland’s cultural powerhouse, and the first in the UK to be included in the Global Destination Sustainability Index. With Loch Lomond just 40 minutes away, it is the perfect starting point to discover what Scotland has to offer (take the high road or the low). There is plenty for everyone to enjoy.

As Robbie Burns may say:
“Here’s a health to them that’s awa,
Here’s a health to them that’s awa;
And wha winna wish gude luck to our cause,
May never gude luck be their fa”

We are looking forward to seeing you this May in Glasgow.

Submitted by the organising committee.  Visit our dedicated BNMS conference page to find out who’s exhibiting.

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