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31st January 2014 – 1st Feburary 2014 – HRT Excellence Days – an international collaboration between IMS, the EAU Menopause Society, and Abbott Laboratories, Abu DhabiPost meeting report by Rodney Baber, President electIMS held an educational weekend on the menopause in Abu Dhabi, 31st January – 1st February 2014.

Rod Baber, President – elect reports ‘The IMS HRT Excellence day on Saturday 31st January featured lectures by Tobie de Villiers on Definitions, The Management of early post menopausal women, HRT and Bone and a summary of the IMS Global Consensus Statement.

Dr John Stevenson spoke on cardiovascular aspects of HRT including stroke and VTE and also on the window of opportunity for HRT and Dr Rod Baber spoke on HRT and the Breast as well as the general principals governing the use of HRT.

Dr Hisham Arab from Saudi Arabia spoke about the challenges to the management of the menopause in the Middle East and Dr Rubina Hussein about similar challenges to menopause management in Pakistan.

The meeting was attended by 250 enthusiastic delegates from a number of Countries within the region.

The next day a Menarche to Menopause session featured talks on menstrual disorders in young women, abnormal uterine bleeding, Infertility and the use of progestogens in early pregnancy, Clinical and psychological aspects of pregnancy loss and Primary Ovarian Insufficiency. The day concluded with two case studies on Breast and Bleeding issues and cardiovascular disease and HRT.

This was a wonderful opportunity for IMS to provide educational assistance in an area not usually visited. The meeting was well attended and was very popular with the delegates and we hope that IMS will be able to hold future meetings in the region in co-operation with local menopause societies.

The meeting was supported with an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott Pharmaceuticals.

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