The Third World Systemic Sclerosis Congress is to be held in Rome in February 2014.


Two concurrent scleroderma congresses will run from 1 pm on February 6th until 3 pm on February 8th. One will be for the medics, with workshops beforehand for doctors wishing to have hands-on sessions with experts and patients. The other will be for people who have scleroderma.


The event will, in fact, be two congresses in one, the patient congress addressed by many of the same senior rheumatology consultants and other health professionals who are lecturing at the medical congress. Attending the scientific sessions will be all those doctors who have a special interest in systemic sclerosis and want to learn more about how to diagnose and treat the manifestations of this rare, very severe disease.


The patient congress will have interactive sessions at which the world’s top consultants will answer questions and give key information. Lectures will be built around patients’ chief areas of concern. The congress will also provide a wonderful opportunity to network with people from around the globe who have the same disease, and to discover the coping mechanisms of other cultures.


Registration to the congress is subsidised for patients, and all meetings take place in Rome’s Ergive Palace Hotel and Conference Center, in which you can also book your rooms to stay if you wish. It is a location often used by the Italian government to host congresses. All are warmly welcomed to the Opening Ceremonies and Lectures, and other social events that will take place to celebrate the world congress.


Best of all, Rome lifts the spirits, especially during the winter, and it is never difficult to persuade a companion to travel with you when Rome is your destination, for, as they say, all roads lead to Rome.


If you are interested in booking a place, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with ‘RSA World Congress Interest’ in the subject line or write to The Raynaud’s & Scleroderma Association, 112 Crewe Road Alsager ST7 2JA . We will let you know what to do next.