Medical events industry in 2015

Below is information about medical events that will be held in 2015 in different part of the world.

The European Society of Cardiology presents the world’s biggest as well as the most influential cardiovascular event.

The organizers look forward to welcoming you to ESC congress 2015 where they would bring the fight against cardiovascular disease to the lively city of London.

“our vision for ESC Congress 2015 is toward the patient as focus is turn to how we could improve patient care by communicating the most timely as well as significant advances in prevention, diagnosis and also treatment of cardiovascular disease” stated by the organizers. We will take a look at the best methods to present, debate, share as well as conclude on the modern and latest science and also research in cardiology and how to enhance the lives of our patients.

The congress programme committee would structure the best in science into 500 and more sessions along with a distinguished faculty from all around the world and more than 4600 abstract presentations. The programme would be interactive and practice orientated, making sure that the cardiology experts from around the globe, who converge in London in August 2015, could equate the presented science to their professional practice.

We welcome you all on this journey towards ESC congress 2015, raising global standards in cardiovascular care as well as promoting healthy lifestyles in order to achieve our main goal of reduction in the cardiovascular disease burden.

The 33rd congress of the ESCRS will take place starting from 5th to 9th of September 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. It was founded in 1991, the ESCRS is an Europe’s leading organization for cataract and refractive surgeons and it is the frontrunner of development in anterior segment surgery. The society has more than 5000 members from about 100 nations of the world. The ESCRS provide a unique forum for discussion as well as learning that make sure that international expertise is shared by ophthalmologists all over the Europe.

The European society of cataract and refractive surgeons evolved from the European intraocular implant club that was established in 1981. The society is administered by the ESCRS Board, a board of ophthalmologists elected by its members. The ESCRS employee based in Dublin, Ireland, are responsible for the organization of the society daily activities.

Since it was introduced in 2000, the annual European Congress of Rheumatology has been the primary platform for exchange of scientific as well as clinical information in Europe. It is also a renowned forum for interaction between medical doctors, scientists, and people with arthritis/ rheumatism, health specialists and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry globally. The EULAR congress is usually take place in June in one of the major cities in Europe. The scientific programme at the congress covers a wide range of topics on clinical innovations, clinical, translational as well as basic science. Over the years, EULAR congress has gained a reputation of being a most innovative platform for the practicing physician especially with respect to the acquisition of information of novel clinical research. The 2015 edition of the EULAR congress will be held in Rome, Italy from 10th to 13th of June. Hope to see you there.


GSK rethinks incentive programmes after Chinese bribery scandal

Pharma giant fined £297 million after Chinese operation is found guilty of paying bribes to doctors

Pictured: GSK chief executive Sir Andrew Witty

Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined almost £300 million after a Chinese court found it guilty of bribery.

The penalty, a £297m (3 billion RMB) fine, follows allegations that the drug company’s Chinese operation GSK China Investment Co (GSKCI) paid bribes to doctors and hospitals in order to have their products promoted.

The guilty verdict was delivered after a one-day trial at a court in Changsha, and GSK said it had taken steps to change incentive schemes to prevent a repeat.

In a statement the company said: “GSK has co-operated fully with the authorities and has taken steps to comprehensively rectify the issues identified at the operations of GSKCI. This includes fundamentally changing the incentive programme for its salesforces (decoupling sales targets from compensation); significantly reducing and changing engagement activities with healthcare professionals; and expanding processes for review and monitoring of invoicing and payments.

The illegal activities of GSKCI are a clear breach of GSK’s governance and compliance procedures; and are wholly contrary to the values and standards expected from GSK employees.”

Sir Andrew Witty, GSK’s chief executive, last year announced that the company would no longer pay doctors to attend medical conferences or give lectures promoting its drugs.

He added: “Reaching a conclusion in the investigation of our Chinese business is important, but this has been a deeply disappointing matter for GSK.”

The British former boss of GSK in China was handed a three-year prison sentence, suspended for four years, after pleading guilty to the bribery-related charges.

Mark Reilly is set to be deported back to the UK after being accused of overseeing a “criminal godfather” scheme where doctors were bribed with money and sex to prescribe GSK drugs.

GSK is attempting to clarify Reilly’s sentence and ensure his return to the UK. A Chinese government source was quoted as saying that Reilly “will be deported so he won’t be in detention in China”.

Four other senior Chinese executives at GSK were also given similar suspended sentences.

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Room rates continue to grow, says Hogg Robinson Group


Pictured: Margaret Bowler
The latest Hotel Survey by Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) found 31 of the top 50 cities saw an increase in the average room rate, while occupancy in key business destinations remained at record levels and is continuing to grow.
Margaret Bowler, director of global hotel relations, said the rise of the supercity was set to eclipse regional trends. 
“Our Interim Hotel Survey highlights once again that ‘megacities’ are continuing to lead the way, resulting in regional trends becoming increasingly less meaningful,” she said. “Demand is still growing and is yet to peak and with occupancy at record levels in the top business destinations, hotels are feeling confident in the strength of the market.”
Now in its 21st year, HRG’s biannual hotel survey looks at hotel room rates for key business destinations across the world to provide an insight into global business travel behaviours.
It found that:
• Despite only eight out of 50 cities witnessing an increase in ARR (average room rate) when measured in GBP, large movements in the exchange rate against the pound ensured that 31 of the top 50 cities saw an increase
• Moscow retained the top spot for the 10th consecutive year, despite a 5 per cent drop in ARR (when converted to pounds)
• Every region except for Asia Pacific witnessed a return in ARR, compared to the same period a year ago
• Key markets in the oil and gas sector, such as Aberdeen and Houston, continue to benefit from a booming industry coupled with a lack of new openings
• The UK experienced a very positive first six months of 2014, with ARR increasing in eight of the top 10 cities. London continues to see steady increases in ARR, propelling the city to 12th place from 22nd in 2013’s survey
• Increased demand as a result of the FIFA World Cup coupled with significant exchange rate movement meant Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro topped the survey for increases in local ARR at 29 per cent and 17 per cent respectively 
“Our survey in February found that the balance between price, location, quality and availability will drive the market throughout 2014 and that continues to be the case; however, there are still opportunities for clients to secure savings if they are open-minded. By consolidating their programme and by building meaningful, long-term working relationships with hotel groups, clients will be better placed to navigate the sometimes volatile market place,” added Bowler. 
“Furthermore, data – and understanding how to use it – is becoming increasingly important in the corporate travel industry and none more so than within the hotel sector. Bigger volumes doesn’t necessarily mean better price, which is driven by other factors such as the day of stay. 
“By being smarter with their data, clients will be more effective in understanding the total cost of stay at a hotel, such as their incremental spend and the night of a week they are staying, improving their position to deliver the best results from their hotel programme.”