30 July 2012
On the 29 and 30 June 2012, the MSk Lab in the Department of Surgery and Cancer organised a two-day conference at the Mermaid Conference Centre. Zoe Williams who helped organise the event describes the occasion:
“It was the sixth year this annual meeting has taken place, but the first time an educational institution has organised it. In previous years, Finsbury Orthopaedics and DePuy have been sole sponsors – making the event relatively closed to the broader spectrum of industry. However with the involvement of Professor Justin Cobb (Surgery and Cancer) over the years, his Department took up the gauntlet of running the increasingly popular event going forward.
It is a highly interactive conference with time allocated for debates at the end of each session on ‘hot’ issues in hip and knee surgery, a chance for the delegates to vote on questions and text in comments related to the topics presented. With a prestigious faculty comprised of consultants from Australia, France, UK and the US, along with 15 event partners; the Great Debate has received extremely positive feedback and so planning has now started for TGD 2013.
“Both Dr Andrew Shimmin (an Australian and internationally trained Orthopaedic Surgeon) and I are extremely happy with how the event ran. We have chaired the meeting since its inception, and having the entire meeting run from the Lab made a big difference. The audience appreciated that the programme was entirely independent of industry bias. It is always a fun event to organise and be a part of and I am looking forward to seeing all those present in June at the seventh Great Debate in 2013,” said Professor Justin Cobb (Surgery and Cancer).