LPF – Hepatitis C: Background and Update

6th June 2017 7.00 pm refreshments for 7.30pm start

John Lister Postgraduate Centre, Wexham Park Hospital (entrance 4) Slough SL3 6LY

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an infectious disease caused by an RNA virus which produces liver damage, ultimately leading to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The field of HCV treatment has changed and improved dramatically in recent years with many new medications approved for use since 2011.  This talk will cover the basics and background of HCV, including viral lifecycle, testing and diagnosis, through to the most recent advances and current treatment options available.

The speakers are Catherine Pollard and Tim Conibear who are Medical Science Liaison for Medical Affairs in AbbVie.

Catherine has a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol and has worked across a number of therapeutic areas. Tim Conibear is a microbiologist from Manchester Metropolitan with a PhD from New South Wales University in Sydney and has spent 5 years working in an NHS diagnostic virology laboratory where his particular interests were in blood borne virus molecular testing techniques, nucleic acid sequencing and antiviral resistance .

Bookings via the RPS website.  Note: This meeting is open to non-members if they email Jane Nicholson advising that they wish to attend (jane@nicholj.plus.com) and indicating whether they would like refreshments.

Car Parking at the hospital – Entrance 4 is to the South side of the Hospital in Wexham Park Lane (marked psychiatry and maternity) off Church Lane.

Please note that the car park in front of the Postgraduate Centre has been dug up! The new parking instructions are to turn into Entrance 4 as before and then turn left into the pay and display car park on the left. The parking is £3.50 for 2 hours and £5.50 for 3 hours, exact money needed. From the entrance to the car park, walk across the road and you will see the Postgraduate Centre a few metres ahead and on the right.

Please note that Attendance Certificates will be provided on the evening following completion of an assessment form.