2.35pm – 3.20pm, Thursday 7 July 2022
LECTURE THEATRE (G34)
Rare bone conditions: Challenges for early diagnosis and utilising digital health
This is a non-promotional symposium commissioned by Ipsen. It is intended for healthcare professionals and basic
scientists with a clinical and scientific interest in rare bone diseases.
2:35pm Welcome and introduction
Dr Raja Padidela (Chair)
2:40pm Overcoming challenges in early diagnosis of rare bone conditions
Dr Melita Irving
2:55pm Using digital health to find the undiagnosed: Lessons from Fibrodysplasia Ossificans
Dr Ghazanfar Khan
3:10pm Question & answer (Q&A) and conclusion
Chaired by Dr Raja Padidela with Dr Melita Irving and Dr Ghazanfar Khan
CHAIR: Dr Raja Padidela – Royal Manchester Childrens’ Hospital, Manchester
Dr Padidela has a strong interest in research and manages clinical trials in new medications for bone
disorders. Nationally and internationally, he is recognised for teaching in this speciality and advises on
management of children with metabolic bone and mineral disorders. He has authored numerous peer reviewed
articles and book chapters.
SPEAKER: Dr Melita Irving – Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London
Dr Irving undertook a fellowship in skeletal dysplasia at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and has
established multidisciplinary paediatric clinics in skeletal dysplasia and achondroplasia at the Evelina
London Children's Hospital. She is chief investigator for numerous achondroplasia clinical trials and a
proponent of embedding research synergistically within clinical service.
SPEAKER: Dr Ghazanfar Khan – Mendelian
Dr Khan is Head of Clinical Delivery at Mendelian, a UK digital health company aiming to accelerate
diagnosis for rare diseases. He leads Mendelian’s clinical implementation in the NHS, optimising algorithms
and developing new clinical models. He has led several high-profile, international projects for the WHO
on strengthening primary healthcare.