Record number of Abstracts Submitted for Barcelona 2016

This year we have had 30% increase on abstract submissions for the Barcelona conference, September 20-22. The abstracts are currently being reviewed, and decisions should be made available in May to all those who submitted. Thanks to all who submitted an abstract.

Preventing Overdiagnosis Bursaries

PODC2016 is pleased to announce that we are able to offer two delegate bursaries for Barcelona 2016. These bursaries are open the colleagues from low to middle income countries and will only cover admission, travel bursaries should be sought elsewhere.

Please apply by email stating the following accompanied by a brief current CV:
· Your current position and any work or experience in overdiagnosis or related areas
· How would you use what you learned from attending, for future work?
· Your organisation and country

Registration Open

Following successful conferences in Dartmouth in 2013, the University of Oxford in 2014 and the NIH in 2015, we are pleased to announce the 2016 international Preventing Overdiagnosis conference will be held in Barcelona. Registration is now open, with a special early bird price of £385 which is inclusive of drinks reception/social on Wednesday evening.

Keynote Speakers Announced

Cari Almazán - The Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality, ESP
William Black - The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, USA
Carol Brayne - Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, UK
Carl Heneghan - Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (NDPCHS), University of Oxford, UK
Salvador Peiró - Centre for Research in Health and Economics, University Pompeu Fabra, ESP
Chris Semsarian - Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, AUS
Nikola Biller-Andorno - Institute of Biomedical Ethics & History of Medicine, University of Zurich
Baruch Fischhoff - Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Paul Glasziou - Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Bond University, AUS
Catherine Calderwood - Chief Medical officer for Scotland, UK

Innovations to the conference program

Incorporating feedback from many participants from around the world, the 2016 conference program will offer several innovations, all aimed to enhance the experience for people new to the conference and the overdiagnosis topic, and those with more experience in the field. A new form of session will be introduced, with a focus on the practical reality for clinicians struggling with overdiagnosis in their daily work – designed to share intelligence, tips and skills.

Undiagnosing and deprescribing: a special clinical session on Aging and Overdiagnosis

Professor David Le Couteur, University of Sydney in Australia; Dr Anna Renom Guiteras Geriatrician and Researcher in geriatric pharmacotherapy from the University Hospital Parc de Salut Mar in Barcelona Spain; Professor Tim Lambert, Director Collaborative Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney, Australia; Professor. Dr. Mirko Petrovic, senior clinical researcher in geriatric pharmacotherapy, Universiteit Gent in Belgium.

This session is designed for doctors to share their tips and intelligence about how they practically deal with the problem of overdiagnosis with older people. It will feature practicing clinicians describing their approaches to undiagnosis and deprescribing in polymedicated older people and those with mental health disorders. Professor David Le Couteur’s recent paper on pre-dementia, was published as part of the overdiagnosis series in The BMJ.

The 2016 conference in Barcelona will also include a new plenary debate, featuring internationally respected Professor Paul Glasziou, Laragh Gollogly from the WHO, and Mónica Cavagna from the influential Spanish consumer group OCU, who will debate the controversial topic:

Drawing the line between Health and Disease: who and how to define disease?

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be another inspiring meeting

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