ACC Liverpool will host the UK’s first World Congress on Osteoarthritis this week.
More than 1,400 international delegates from the United States, Japan, China, Australia and Europe are due to attend the four-day event which starts on Thursday 26 April.
The Congress is the most important annual event for the Osteoarthritis Research Society International Association (OARSI) and will provide an opportunity for medical experts to share knowledge and address the challenges of osteoarthritis in education, clinical practice and research.
Club Liverpool ambassadors Professor Jim Gallagher and Professor George Bou-Gharios, both from the University of Liverpool were behind the winning bid to host the event back in 2106.
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. We are looking forward to bringing our delegates to ACC Liverpool for the first time in 2018.”
The event has taken place all over the world including Sydney, Berlin, Washington and Las Vegas. Liverpool competed with Athens and Lisbon to win the 2018 congress.