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ITP National Convention

The ITP Support Association will be holding a small Patient Convention on Saturday 19th September in North Bedfordshire. This ‘Convention with a difference’ will include the official opening of our permanent ITP headquarters in Bolnhurst, North Bedfordshire. The day will require a couple of shifts between nearby venues, but we hope you will think it worth it to celebrate this special occasion with us.

The event begins with registration and refreshments at Bolnhurst Old School, and at 10.45 we will move to the nearby ITP HQ (180 yds/165 metres walk) where Neil Dudgeon, star of TV’s Midsomer Murders, will officially open our new ITP headquarters. Inside there will be displays about ITP, our work, the building project and our research programme, with volunteers and clinicians on hand to answer any questions. At 11.20 Convention delegates will move back to the Old School for two lectures. At 12.30 we will all make our way to Colmworth Village Hall (2½ miles away) for lunch and remain at the hall for the afternoon, with another lecture, discussion groups and question forum.

There is plenty of off-road parking at both venues and the routes between them will be well signposted. A car or minibus will be on hand to fetch people travelling by train from Bedford or St Neots stations, and to transport anyone who needs a lift between venues.

ENTRY IS BY TICKET ONLY with lunch included in the price (£20 each for members and member's partner or child over 10, or £25 for non-members. Please note that there is limited space with only 50 places available, so book early to avoid disappointment. The on-line booking will be closed after the limit is reached, but if you wish to check availability before booking please email info@itpsupport.org.uk. (Bookings will be taken in strict order, and if any payments are made after the limit is reached your payment will be refunded, and your name put on a 'reserve' list if you wish).

Booking available here

The programme will be as follows:

Morning Session (Bolnhurst MK44 2EL)

  • 10.45 Opening of HQ – Neil Dudgeon (star of TV’s Midsomer Murders)
  • 11.30 Overview of ITP and the ITP Registry, Professor Adrian Newland (Royal London Hospital)
  • 12.00 An update on the treatment of chronic ITP in children Dr John Grainger (Manchester Children’s Hospital)

Afternoon Session (Colmworth MK44 2JX)

  • 1.00 LUNCH
  • 2.00 Examining immune regulation in the bone marrow in ITP Dr Nichola Cooper (Hammersmith Hospital)
  • Groups chaired by speakers.
  • 3.15 COFFEE/TEA
  • 3.30 QUESTION FORUM chaired by Dr Paula Bolton-Maggs

Questions answered by the speakers

  • 4.00 CLOSE

The nearest hotels are at Eaton Socon and a list of hotels and B&B will be sent out with tickets and directions etc.

Increased international co-operation has resulted in sharing of information, ideas and support and has led to the development of wider support being available for ITP patients. Some of the results of this co-operation arevisible on the social networks, links available here. and links to international support sites in many languages are available here.

Details of past Conventions and Medical Seminars are available here.



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