The day commenced with Associate Professor Gavin Fabinyi who spoke about pituitary surgery. He was aided by a slide presentation which was extremely informative especially for the vast majority of the audience who had either had surgery or were scheduled to. He was later joined by Dr Niki Maartens who spoke about advances in pituitary surgery. Again, this was such a fantastic insight into what we can expect over the coming years with regards to surgery. Dr Maartens even went so far as to say that some day, in the future, pituitary tumours could be treated by medication alone.
Dr Margaret Zacharin spoke about Paediatric Endocrinology. Dr Zacharin advised us of the various pituitary illnesses in children and also how treatment for brain tumours can affect the pituitary gland. This was followed by Andrea Dwyer, a Life Coach, who spoke about implementing basic strategies in our lives to help manage and deal with illness on an everyday basis. Andrea got the audience involved with interactive exercises and lots of questions.
Dr. Walter Plewhe spoke about pituitary illnesses and endocrinology in general. He discussed the various illnesses and how these are diagnosed. Dr Plewhe then spoke about treatment and management. Again this was an incredibly informative presentation.
Our last speaker of the day was Dr Emma Guymer who is a Consultant Rheumatologist. Dr Guymer spoke about all our aches and pains and how we can best cope with them. We are all obviously feeling a little achy as there were a lot of questions for Dr Guymer at the conclusion of her talk!