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400 experts to attend medical meet

1/20/2008 5:46:47
Source ::: The Peninsula
Dr Mohammed Hammoudah

DOHA About 400 experts from the West and the Arab world are expected to attend the Pan Arab Rheumatology Society Conference being held at the Doha Sheraton from January 22 to January 24.

The conference, held in every two years, is hosted by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) under the patronage of H H Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned.

Prominent speakers and experts from the West and the Arab world will present the latest information on various rheumatic diseases, including those which are common in Qatar, Dr Mohammed Hammoudah, chairman of the organising committee and head of Rheumatology Section a the HMC said at a press conference on Thursday.

Dr Samar El Emadi, vice-chairperson of the organising committee and Dr Hani Malallah, consultant at rheumatology section were also present.

"The conference is considered the best opportunity for rheumatologists from all Arab countries to meet and exchange experiences," said Hammoudah.

The event will be unique this time with participation of several top experts from the West including Maxime Dougados from France, Paul Emery from the UK, Edward Keystone from Canada Munther Khamashta from the UK, Robert Inman from Canada and Muhammed Asim Khan from the US, added Malallah.

Separate sessions will be devoted to discuss rheumatic diseases among children. The topics will include rheumatology practice in the Arab world the unmet needs, joint disease in Islamic medicine, cardiovascular risk in rheumatic diseases, osteoporosis in the Arab world, osteoarthritis in the Arab world, use of MRI in rheumatology, Vitamin D deficiency, the silent epidemic.

"Common rheumatic diseases in Qatar and other parts of the region like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis would get special attention at the conference. The meeting is expected to come out with ideas and suggestions to tackle these diseases and create more awareness among the community," said Malallah.

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