A-T Clinical Research Conference 2012

 Cambridge conference a resounding success

"Heartfelt thanks ... for organizing a wonderful conference. This will increase the pace of our progress and bring our efforts to fruition”

These words from one of the participants at the A-T Clinical Research Conference 2012, held in Cambridge in June reflect the enthusiasm expressed by many participants.

Organised and hosted by the AT Society, the delegate list contained almost all the leading researchers into new treatments for A-T, along with clinicians and researchers from related fields.

The programme was designed to promote discussion around specific issues and to encourage concrete outcomes to be agreed. Each session consisted of a number of presentations followed by a good period for group discussion.

At the end of the conference, Penny Jeggo, Chair of the A-T Society’s Scientific Advisory Board, chaired a session of summing up and looking at future directions. She asked the chairs of each individual session to sum up the key issues and points of agreement from their session. These have been gathered together as the document, Consensus from Cambridge and should be an invaluable point of reference for clinicians and researchers over the next few years.

It is hard to convey in a short item on a website even a fleeting flavour of what has been discussed by 100 delegates in some 2 ½ days of hard work. However there was a real buzz of enthusiasm and within days of the conference delegates were contacting the A-T Society talking about proposals for new research projects.

A number of the presentations from the Friday programme are available to view and we hope to be able to show  some interviews with participants available on this web-site shortly. A full report on the conference is almost complete and will be published shortly.

 

 

 

 

Dr Sandlund addresses the conference

 

Torrey Sandlund addresses the conference

Discussion at conference

Discussing respiratory issues

Photo of physios and OTs

Therapists from the UK, Israel, Norway and Australia