National Pituitary Conference 2019

Our National Pituitary Conference is now FULLY BOOKED


Saturday 27th April 2019, Bristol

The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2EL

Registration & arrivals: 9.30 - 10.30am, Conference: 10.30am - 4.35pm


Join us for our Conference to Meet the Experts, to celebrate The Pituitary Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. This promises to be a very special Conference, returning to the city where the charity was born back in 1994. As well as meeting with over 200 other patients, there will be multiple workshops and guest speakers from across the UK.

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Why attend this Conference?

  • Listen to presentations from specialist speakers, Endocrinologists and Specialist Endocrine Nurses from across the UK.
  • Attend NEW afternoon workshops covering popular topics and conditions – as requested by delegates last year.
  • Meet with over 200 other patients and families who are all going through their own pituitary journey.
  • Attend the event at a recently refurbished venue which in the very centre of Bristol.
  • Refreshments and a 2 course lunch will be provided.
  • Early bird ticket rates are available for subscribed members at just £34.
  • Join us in celebrating 25 years of The Pituitary Foundation.

You can download the programme here and also the booking form here which contain full information about the event. 

Event Programme & Speakers

Registration is open from 9.30-10.30am. On arrival at the event, you will be given your name badge and delegate pack which will give you all the information you need about the day. There will also be tea, coffee and refreshments available.

From 10.30am, the first morning session will be run by Professor John Wass and Professor Stafford Lightman, and will include research and medical updates. Other guest speakers in attendance this year include Dr Sue Jackson, Professor John Newell-Price, Dr Stephanie Baldeweg, Dr Steve Ball, Dr Karin Bradley, Dr Natasha Thorogood, and the endocrine team from the Bristol Royal Infirmary. More speakers will be confirmed in the next few weeks.

After the first talk, delegates will attend two workshops that they have selected prior to the event with the above speakers. The workshop topics are based on requests from delegates at the last conference so hopefully everyone will find a workshop that is well suited to them. We have many more workshops on offer this year  (many are running twice) including:

  • Newly Diagnosed Patients (have been diagnosed within 12 months) - Alison Milne & Pat McBride
  • Psychological Impact of Pituitary Conditions (including short term memory loss & discussion) - Dr Sue Jackson
  • Adrenal Insufficiency & Steroid Regimes (including emergency injection practical) - Endocrine Nurses from Bristol Royal Infirmary
  • Your relationship with GP/Consultant and preparing for annual review & Qs – Professor John Wass
  • Management of Common Symptoms (for all pituitary patients) - Dr Karin Bradley & Dr Natasha Thorogood
  • Diabetes Insipidus - Dr Steve Ball
  • Session for Younger Patients & Parents (including research findings discussion) - Faciltated by Alice & Richard Jackman

The Conference will end with a Q&A with our fantastic speakers. 

Refreshments are provided throughout the day, including a two course lunch with both hot and cold options. If you have any dietary requirements then you will need to inform us of this when booking.

The Conference will finish at 4.35pm.

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The Conference is being held at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, a luxurious Victorian hotel in the City Centre. Accommodation is available for you if you require this (see below for how to book).

The venue is less than a mile from Bristol Temple Meads train station, or a 10 minute drive from the motorway with parking available on site. The coach station is also only a 7 minute walk away if you choose to travel by coach from another city in the UK. If you are flying, regular buses run from the airport to the centre and take around 30 minutes.

We recommend booking travel in advance and looking up advance fares, offering good value for money on many longer distance journeys. Weekends also mean cheaper train travel.

Further detailed travel information will be sent out with all booking confirmations.

How to book your Conference place

The deadline for Conference bookings is Friday 12th April 2019 at midday, which has now passed. 

How to book your B&B

For those who wish to stay over at The Grand Hotel during the Conference, The Pituitary Foundation has been given a set rate for our delegates for the night before and the night after the event. The set rates per night for B&B are:

  • Friday 26th April:  Single £90, Double or twin £100
  • Saturday 27th April: Single £125, Double or twin £135

The hotel has recently been refurbished and includes facilities such as free Wi-Fi, Keepers Bar & Kitchen, a swimming pool, spa, and a gym.

To book B&B, you must contact the venue directly. Card payments will be taken during the calls.

The number to call is 0117 9811 632 between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Please specify the name and date of our event to the hotel to be given these set rates.

The deadline for B&B bookings is Saturday 30th March 2019.

Evening celebration

The Pituitary Foundation have just launched our 25th anniversary Gala Dinner following on from the conference at 6:45pm. Join us for a champagne reception, three course meal, entertainment and an evening of celebration for only £45. This is a seperate event to the conference, but you are welcome to join us at both events. For more information, visit our Gala Dinner page here.

Refunds policy

Refunds are available but subject to a £2 admin charge up until 1st February, and a £6 admin charge from 1st February - 12th April. We regret that refunds are not possible from 12th April.


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The Conferences are very popular so to avoid disappointment please book early.

The deadline for bookings is Friday 12th April 2019 at midday.