March 10, 2016 @ 15:46 by Alison Cowie
NewcastleGateshead is set to host the international European Thyroid Association’s 41st Annual Meeting in September 2018.
The five-day event, which will take place at Sage Gateshead, has been secured on the back of the region’s strengths in science and healthcare as well as its historic links to the development of Thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
An expected 900 delegates from across Europe will descend on region for the association’s event, pumping an estimated £1.1 million into the local economy.
Prior to this, the British Thyroid Association will hold its 64th Annual Meeting at the Centre for Life in May 2016. The British Thyroid Association’s special commemorative meeting marks the 125th anniversary of the discovery of Thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
Simon Pearce, professor of Endocrinology at Newcastle University, said: “Due to Newcastle’s history and excellence in medical research and through the support the NewcastleGateshead Conference Ambassador Programme we were able to bid for and win both the British and European Thyroid Associations. We look forward to welcoming delegates from both Associations to the city where we will play tribute to Murray’s life-changing medical discovery.”
Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, added: “We are delighted to be hosting both the British and European Thyroid Associations. NewcastleGateshead is internationally renowned for life sciences, healthcare and sustainability. We’re proud of our history and the industry leading research which is happening today in our city. Through our Conference Ambassador Programme we were able to support Simon in bidding for and bringing both of these significant events to the destination.”
Newcastle is one of six designated UK Science Cities. The destination is recognised for its strengths in ageing, biomedicine and clinical trials as well as having an extensive pharmaceutical cluster, accounting for 1/3 of the UK’s turnover in pharmaceuticals. Newcastle Hospitals also undertook the UK’s largest number of clinical trials in 2015.
NewcastleGateshead has cutting-edge facilities including the International Centre for Life and Newcastle University Institute for Ageing (NUIA), the largest facility of its kind in Europe. Newcastle University has also been awarded £20m by the government to establish the National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation.