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How safe are breast implants? Global, multidisciplinary and patient perspectives on the safety of breast implants

In the current circumstances we have taken the decision to cancel our public facing events which were due to take place during the months of May and June 2020. Events planned after this date will be kept under review. Please keep checking for updates.

The conference welcomes clinicians, researchers, academics, patient partners, students, early career researchers and others working or interested in the field of breast implants.

Our expert speakers from across the globe will discuss their views and research on this topic. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Mr Azhar. Aslam, President of the British Association of Cosmetic Surgeons, UK
  • Dr José-A. Budo, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Brussels
  • Professor Dr Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Jamee Cook, Breast Implant Victim Advocacy, Texas, USA
  • Nicole Daruda, Founder of Breast Implant Illness and Healing, and Director of the Healing Breast Implant Illness Society, North America
  • Professor Anand Deva, Program Director, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, MQ Health, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Dr Henry Dijkman, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • Dr Jaume Serra Janer, Plastic Surgeon, Spain
  • Jan Spivey, Breast Cancer Survivor, PIP implant Patient Advocate, Co-founder PIP Action Campaign
  • Professor Fabio Santanelli di Pompeo, Full Professor in Plastic Surgery, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
  • Dr Suzanne Turner, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Diana Zuckerman, President, National Center for Health Research, USA

Themes for the conference include, but are not exclusive to:

  1. Safety (e.g. toxicology and materials)
  2. Short and long-term impacts upon women’s health
  3. Cancer related issues
  4. Regulatory, legal and ethical issues
  5. Surgical issues
  6. Reproductive health (e.g. pregnancy, breast feeding, developmental issues)
  7. Other

Call for abstracts and real world experience presentations:

We are now inviting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations based on the areas above. 

We would also like to invite presentations from any individuals who have real world experiences of breast implants but may not necessarily have conducted a piece of academic research. In particular, we welcome submissions to present from any:

  1. Women who have lived with breast implants and would like to share their experiences
  2. Healthcare or other professionals who would also like to share any experiences they may have of treating, caring and supporting women with breast implants

Further programme details to be released closer to the conference date.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Leeds in June.

Georgina Jones - Professor of Health Psychology & Conference Chair, Leeds Beckett University

Jan Spivey - Co-Founder, PIP Action Campaign

Event Details

24 June 2020 -
25 June 2020
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