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BCS gets to the heart of the matter at Manchester Central


Manchester Central is set to play host to the British Cardiovascular Society’s (BCS) annual conference, with more than 2,200 delegates descending on the city. The anticipated economic impact of the conference is approximately £3.5m.

The three-day conference will take place at the venue on 28 – 30 May and with it being the Olympic year, the event will have a theme around maintaining a healthy heart through exercise and a key part of this will be a schools event at The Midland Hotel.

This will be the fourth time that the BCS has held its annual conference in Manchester since 2008 and it will visit again for another four years from 2014.

Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said: “Manchester is internationally recognised as a groundbreaking city for science and boasts a world-class science community represented by its universities and hubs such as Manchester Science Parks. Manchester is the natural host for events such as the BCS’s Annual Conference.”

Dr Sarah Clarke, vice president of education and research at the BCS said: “The BCS is delighted to be holding its 2012 and 90th Annual Conference in Manchester. With the Olympics and Paralympic Games in London this year, we have the opportunity to highlight how important exercise and other lifestyle measures are to maintain a healthy heart.

“Alongside the Annual Conference, the BCS is also holding a ‘Healthy Hearts’ event for over 120 local school children. The event will show how the heart works, what can go wrong and how to keep a heart healthy. A number of hands-on and interactive activities provided by the Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences (Liverpool John Moores University) will demonstrate how science is translated from theory to practice."

Pictured: Manchester Central

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