Thank you everyone who came along to our 3rd annual conference, the speakers and the staff of the Royal Marine hotel who made the conference such a success. It was a very full 2 days and good fun on the Saturday night.

Valerie Logan, Trinity Research Coordinator, came along on both days to answer any queries about taking part in the Vasculitis Research and how to participate.

 

Saturday kicked off with a short talk by myself about VIA, and our work to date,

Dr Eamonn Molloy, Consultant Rheumatologist, St Vincent’s, Dublin, gave us an informative talk about Vasculitis, the causes, the clinical features, symptoms, treatments, relapses, other issues, management, role of diet and exercise and the importance of research.

 

He was followed by an interactive talk by Patricia McCrystal, Chartered Psychologist, Specialist in Pain Management, Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Patricia explained the psychology and biology of pain, explored our beliefs about pain and the options we have to deal with pain, either dwell on how we used to be, how we will cope in the future or to live the present as much as we can. Basically for those of us who suffer chronic pain, pain is our reality, we should seek to understand it, learn how to pace our activities, nudge the edges of pain, get SMART goals- S pecific, M easurable, A chievable, R ealistic, T imely, think self compassionately, rationalize our thinking, move mindfully, and pro actively manage ourselves. Patricia has agreed to have a section on pain management on our website in the near future.

 

Prof Mark Little, Consultant Nephrologist, Tallaght, Beaumont, St James’s and Trinity Kidney Research. spoke about latest developments in Vasculitis research. A biomarker – CD 163, (protein for indicating inflammation), […]