About this event

  • Date and time Wed 5 Dec 2018 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Rheumatology and Rehabilitation

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) can be one of the most challenging rheumatic diseases to manage.

Known as the invisible illness and with the possibility of starting in childhood, it can span the entire lifetime of an individual.

Attend this meeting to:

  • Discuss the clinical aspects challenging the management of disease and issues around the transition from childhood to adult care.
  • Raise awareness into this illness.
  • Discuss the unmet need will be identified and priority areas for future research discussed.

Not only will you investigate clinical and research perspectives of SLE, but you will also get direct patient perspectives, providing a unique opportunity for patients, clinicians and other healthcare professionals to come together to talk about this invisible, but real and potentially life-threatening illness.

Topics covered

  • Clinical aspects and therapeutic options in juvenile SLE and potential complications.
  • Clinical manifestations, complications and management options in adult SLE and differences between juvenile disease.
  • Patient perspectives about living with SLE, and effective ways of self-management and unmet research needs.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Elena Nikiphorou, President, Rheumatology & Rehabilitation Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Adult lupus: Clinical insights and therapeutic challenges

Professor David Isenberg, Arthritis Research UK Diamond Jubilee Professor of Rheumatology, University College London

Childhood lupus: The challenges facing children and young people

Professor Michael Beresford, Brough Chair, Professor of Child Health, University of Liverpool and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Dealing with the invisible illness

Patient Speaker

Panel discussion
Close of meeting
Wine reception and musical soiree
Lupus Dave and the Davettes will be introduced by Professor 'There Goes Rhyming' Rahman


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom