In 1986, an innovative 2-day postgraduate rheumatology course was started by the Lupus Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital under the leadership of Professor Graham Hughes.
The aims of the course were threefold: firstly, to aim high and to bring in the best and most authoritative speakers in their field. Secondly, to concentrate on new advances, especially in lupus and the connective tissue diseases, which at that time were poorly represented in most European meetings. And thirdly, to keep the audience ‘on their toes’ with alternating “Hot Topics”, short clinical vignettes and more “basic” updates. To these three aims we added a fourth: to keep the cost of the 2-day meeting minimal – especially to trainees.
The popularity of Ten Topics has grown and grown. Such has been the interest from abroad that satellite “Ten Topics” meetings have been held in Barcelona, Rome, Buenos Aires, Singapore & Beirut.
Popular innovations have included “Nightmare on Tooley Street”, a presentation of a number of “impossibly difficult” cases, and “Masterclass” with presentations by leaders in their fields.
More recently, the course has always included at least one “general interest” lecture – previous lecturers have included Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, Professor Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians, President of EULAR, Professor Gerd Burmester and Jeffrey Archer, author.
In addition to the Lupus Team at Guys and St Thomas’ and the London Lupus Centre, speakers include 10 or 12 National Speakers and 3 or 4 International Speakers. While most of our Speakers come from the world of Rheumatology, we also include experts from other fields.
Cost of subsidised place for Trainees
One of our major aims has been to keep costs down. Thanks to our sponsors, we are again able to offer subsidised places to Rheumatology Trainees and HCPs at £225 for Live attendance and £200 for Virtual attendance. The course is eligible for 12 CME credits.
Barcelona, Nice, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Beirut
For the past 19 years a parallel Ten Topics in Rheumatology has been held in Barcelona. The idea, the brainchild of Dr Martin Ballarin of Laboratorios Menarini and the late Josep Font was to follow-up the London meeting inviting some of the Speakers of the London meeting with a predominantly Spanish faculty. The Barcelona “Ten Topics” has also become extremely popular, attracting up to 800 registrants each year.
The word is spreading, and “Ten Topics” has also been held in Buenos Aires, Nice, Beirut, and also in Singapore.