Why you shouldn’t miss our 2017 National Pituitary Conference


“From listening to all the speakers, my life took on a new perspective”


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For those of you that aren’t aware, one of The Pituitary Foundation’s support services includes the Pituitary Conferences that are held every 18 months. This event is an opportunity to learn more about pituitary conditions directly from expert medical speakers, and to meet with over 200 other patients.

The Conference is held in a different locations each time, with past cities including: Leeds, London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Cambridge, Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, and many more.

Keeping the location varied ensures that patients from all over the UK are likely to have access to the event at some point. 

This year, the National Pituitary Conference is being held again in Birmingham on Saturday 25th November, from 10.30am–4.30pm. This will be held at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre (BCEC), just a two minute walk from Birmingham New Street Train Station. 

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Here we have 7 reasons why you don’t want to miss out on our 2017 Conference:

  1. Presentations from expert speakers, Endocrinologists and Specialist Endocrine Nurses from across the UK – you’ll benefit from the most up-to-date medical information.
  2. Attend NEW afternoon workshops covering popular topics and conditions. In the afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to attend two, from a list of eight different workshops. These include:
  • Adrenal Insufficiency & Steroid Regimes (inc. emergency injection)
  • Paediatric & Transition Endocrinology, with Prof. Peter Clayton (Child Health & Paediatric Endocrinology)

  • Living with Hypopituitarism for Women with Dr Niki Karavitaki, Senior Clinical Lecturer & Consultant Endocrinologist, (covers conditions and issues affecting female patients inc. fertility)

  • Diabetes Insipidus, with DI expert Dr Steve Ball (Consultant Endocrinologist) – not to be missed if you have DI

  • Living with Hypopituitarism for Men (covers conditions and issues affecting male patients inc. testosterone & fertility)

  • Carers & Families

  • Psychological Impact of Pituitary Conditions, with Dr Sue Jackson (Chartered Psychologist).

  • Younger Patients & Parents meet up and talk session

  • An employment and benefits information stand will be available for pituitary patients.

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3.  Meet with over 200 other patients and families who are all going through their own pituitary journey. A great chance to meet people who understand. 

4.  Recently refurbished venue which is in a convenient central location right next to Birmingham New Street train station. Accommodation is available onsite at a set rate for our delegates.

5.  Refreshments and a two course lunch will be provided.

6.  There has been no price increase to our membership delegate rate which is still £34, we also have a special rate for under 25s of just £22!  

7.  There is also the option to attend our popular social evening where you can have a 3 course meal, meet others, take part in a quiz, and enjoy the disco. This is optional and tickets cost £30.


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After events we always ask for feedback from delegates so that we can see what worked well and what didn’t. This leads to us making more and more improvements each time. Past comments include:

‘Listening to all the speakers my life took on a new positive aspect, it also had a positive effect on my husband as it helped him understand why I am the way I am. Although I was very tired when I left I felt as if I had come from a very dark room into the day light. I have not felt that good for a very long time. I will now take on board what I have learnt so I can slowly move towards a more enjoyable way of life. Thank you all so very much, you were there for me again.’

‘My son always so much looks forward to his day at Conference when he feels 'normal.'  Thank you so much for all the months of background work which must always go into these things...how very much it is appreciated by we who attend. The speakers were all so empathetic, supportive and so committed to the development of the care of pituitary patients.’

‘Thank you to all The Pituitary Foundation staff and excellent speakers for another interesting, informative and helpful conference. It is such a worthwhile experience for any pituitary patient. It was very well organised which led to a smooth running and relaxing but stimulating day for those of us who face various challenges due to our conditions. I have no hesitation in recommending that, if you can, get yourself to the next conference in eighteen months’ time.’


Please visit the Conference webpage here to see full information, and details on how to book. If you have any queries at all or simply want to ask a question about the event, please email enquiries@pituitary.org.uk or call 0117 370 1310/1316.

We hope to see many of you there on Saturday 25th November!