GH Patient Conference Programme Unveiled

Prof Pierre BrissotThe Haemochromatosis Society has announced details of the programme for the 2017 GH Patient Conference which takes place on Saturday 01 April in central Birmingham.

This year sees the society’s formal AGM moved to the latter part of the day, in order to accommodate a keynote speaker from Rennes, France, in the morning. Eminent Professor of Hepatology Prof Pierre Brissot (pictured) will be presenting as well as taking patients’ questions.

David Head, Chief Executive at the society, said “We are privileged to have Prof Brissot as our keynote. He is one of the world-leading authorities on genetic haemochromatosis and an excellent speaker.”

The event also includes presentations on genetics, rheumatology and haematology as a follow on from last year’s event. In addition Dr Barbara Butzeck from Germany will be speaking on the clinical application of MRI technology, which is increasingly replacing biopsy as the preferred method of determining liver iron concentration and liver damage.

Dr Philip GeorgeAs well as medical presentations, a new session is being introduced during which delegates will hear about other patients’ experiences of diagnosis and treatment. “I am very keen that we broaden out the event this year to incorporate other aspects of GH as well as the medical speakers.”, said David.

The event programme has been published at

Delegate places  can be booked online at

Attendance at the conference is free for paid-up members of THS and a guest. There is a small charge for lunch.

There is a small fee for non-members to attend to contribute to the venue costs.