Symposium Mammographicum is a registered charity founded in 1979. Its principal aims are ‘to stimulate and support research and disseminate knowledge about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease’. At the time of its inception there were only a few centres practising mammography in the UK and there was a considerable variation in quality. Even when the National Health Breast Screening Programme was designed, there were only twelve units in the UK with teams which were considered to have adequate expertise.
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The major event organised by the Charity is the biennial Symposium; the next due one is due to take place at the ACC, Liverpool between the 8 to 10 July 2018. The Organising Committee is setting an exciting programme from the Sunday afternoon to the Tuesday afternoon which will attract radiographers, assistant practitioners, students, radiologists, physicists, as well as other allied health professionals. SympMamm is also working with the Association of Breast Clinicians to broaden the topics following their successful collaboration in 2016. The conference section of the website is being set up and should be available with more news by May 2017.
Formerly, training initiatives have been organised by the trustees and members including numerous workshops and training weekends for radiographers and radiologists throughout the UK. Travelling faculties have conducted symposia and hospital-based training in Abu Dhabi, Eire, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Thailand.
From these initiatives, a Bursary scheme was developed to enable professionals from overseas to undertake training placements and clinical attachments in the UK. Four delegates who attended Symposium in July were able to attend as a result of our bursary scheme.
In addition, an Award scheme is available to provide a resource for professionals to undertake a research project or present a paper at one of the Symposium’s biennial conferences. Examples of projects funded by the Charity may be viewed by the via the Awards tab
The 18th Symposium took place at the ACC in Liverpool between the 3rd to the 5th July 2016. The event was well attended with over 514 paying delegates, representing nineteen countries, including Canada, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. In addition, there were around 100 exhibitors, speakers and committee members The Conference was complemented by a series of technical workshops and Posters (over eighty presented). The meeting was also supported by the Association of Breast Clinicians and the National Co-ordinating Centre for the Physics of Mammography. The outline programme of the meeting may be viewed at sympmamm-2016-programme-final and the Abstracts are published by the BIR and are available here: ABSTRACTS Some of the Speakers presentations are available at 2016 Speakers slides at Publications
The Trustees awarded five bursaries for Mammographers and Radiologists from other countries to learn about new developments, clinical practice in the UK. The Bursary recipients included Dr Vanja Soprenic and Dr Danijela Soprenic from Bosnia and Hercegovina, Ms Sarah Dunn from Australia, Ms Rashidat Bolanle from Nigeria and Dr Daniela Baditescu from Romania. Their reports which highlight the clinical value of the scheme may be viewed on the Bursaries and Case Studies page.
The Trustees are pleased to announce that the Association of Breast Surgery will include a session arranged by Symposium Mammographicum at their next conference in Belfast on the 15 and 16 May 2017. For more details please see:
The Trustees of Symposium Mammographicum are pleased to announce that the 19th Symposium will also be held at the ACC in 2018 – confirmed as 7th to the 10th July 2018. An Organising Committee was established in December 2016 and programme proposals have been considered, taking account of delegate feedback from the 2016 event as well as looking at medical and technical advances in two years time.