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UK’s osteoarthritis first worth £2 million to Liverpool

World Congress on Osteoarthritis will come to the UK for the first time in 2018

Pictured: ACC Liverpool will host the 2018 World Congress on Osteoarthritis

The World Congress on Osteoarthritis will come to the UK for the first time in 2018, generating an estimated £2.4 million for host city Liveprool.

A bid coordinated by Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) Liverpool and University of Liverpool ambassadors persuaded the Osteoarthritis Research Society International Association (OARSI) to brings its annual congress to the city in April 2018. More than 1,400 delegates are expected in Liverpool for the conference, from the US, Japan, China, Australia and Europe.

Anthony Celenza, director of meetings and exhibits at Osteoarthritis Research Society International, said: “Liverpool has many strengths in osteoarthritis such as the international centre of excellence for research into alkaptonuria at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, the new national research centre dedicated to arthritis treatment and the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA). 

“It was therefore an ambition of everyone involved to bring the annual congress to Liverpool, and indeed the UK.”

The conference, in its 27th year, has previously been held in Sydney, Berlin and Washington with next year’s event taking place in Las Vegas. Liverpool saw off bids from Athens and Lisbon to win the business.

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