News News Raising Awareness of Addison's At BSPED Last week, volunteers from Addison's Disease Self-Help Group headed to Birmingham, to the British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes (BSPED) annual conference. Our aim in attending was to raise awareness of Addison's Disease amongst the medical fraternity and to participate in related symposium discussions. The BSPED aims to improve the care of children and young people with endocrine disorders and diabetes mellitus by bringing together professionals from a range of disciplines. The conference in Birmingham brings together clinicians from all over the United Kingdom to share ideas and develop best practice. Our team of volunteers - Sue Rookes, Sue Partridge & Hilary Close were assisted by ADSHG's CEO, Neil McClements. We ran a display stand for 2 days of the conference. There were many useful discussions with consultants and nurses involved in caring for children & young adults with Addison's. Many medics confessed that they had yet to see a case of Addison's in their own clinics. Several consultants were grateful for our supply of materials for their clinics - both for patients and as training aids for their junior doctors. We also enjoyed participating in the symposiums, putting the patient's voice across to a medical community who were keen to listen to our perspective. On the final day of the conference, our CEO met with members of the BSPED Executive Committee to explore our shared mission in helping people affected by Addison's. Following this successful introduction, we hope over the coming year to work together with BSPED members to help them with their medical research and to provide expert patient feedback to endocrinologists working in this area. Thanks to Sue, Sue & Hilary, everyone left the stand with a bundle of our literature, leaflets, posters and other educational materials to take home and spread the word. Our thanks to our three amazing volunteers - Sue, Sue and Hilary - and also to BSPED's Executive Committee for facilitating our attendance and providing the stand, at what was a very successful event.