Conference 2020

Beat SCAD’s 2020 Conference will be held on Saturday 6 June at the University of Birmingham.

If you would like to make a weekend of it with your family, there are some fabulous local attractions close to the conference venue (see below) that they could attend on the Saturday while you are at the Conference. 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens  |  Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Cadbury World |  The Aquarium  |  The Science Museum 

More details to follow, but in the meantime, please click here to complete the booking form. We look forward to seeing you in June!

Date: Saturday 6 June 2020

Time: 9.00am to 5.30pm – Registration 9.00-10.00am.

Venue: The Alan Walters Building, University of Birmingham

Price per delegate: £35 (includes lunch)


Price: FREE during the conference.

Free car parking is available at the North East Car Park. The postcode for this car park is: B15 2SA

Alan Walters Building is R29 on the attached campus map and North East Car park is between G9 and G10 building.

Map of University of Birmingham Edgbaston campus

Anybody affected by SCAD (Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection) is welcome to attend.

In 2018 we had almost 120 delegates, 68 of whom were SCAD survivors. We hope to make our 2020 event the biggest ever gathering of SCAD survivors in the UK and very much hope that you will want to come along. Partners, family members and friends are also very welcome to attend.

Learn about SCAD

Our aim is to answer your questions, educate, inform and inspire you with all that life after SCAD has to offer.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr David Adlam, who is leading the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre’s SCAD research programme 

Dr Abtehale Al-Hussaini (Dr Abi) who worked on the research project and now runs a SCAD Clinic at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

Dr Alice Wood, Clinical Research Fellow on the SCAD research programme.

The UK SCAD experts have seen more SCAD patients than anyone else in the UK. They will be giving an update on the research so far and answering your questions about SCAD, medication, FMD, pregnancy and more.

Meet patients, families and friends

Meeting other people who have ‘been there’ and ‘get it’ is invaluable for most rare disease patients, no matter how long ago they had their event. Family and friends also need support and the conference is an ideal opportunity to meet people who understand something about what those affected by SCAD are living with.

There will be plenty of opportunities to talk to other SCAD patients, families and friends during the coffee and lunch breaks and this year we will look to introduce different networking activities to make it as easy as possible for you to talk with others.

Get involved on the day

  • Our ‘Inspiration Board’ returns – why not bring photos of you doing something amazing after SCAD to share with the conference?
  • Submit your burning questions in advance for Dr Adlam, Dr Al-Hussaini and Dr Wood to answer on the day – look out for an email from us requesting your input
  • Take part in Q&A sessions during the day
  • Tell Beat SCAD how we can help YOU


Outline timings for the day are below. 

09.00-10.00 – Welcome coffee & networking

10.00-11.30 – Conference session

11.30-12.00 – Refreshment break & networking

12.00-13.30 – Conference session

13.30-15.30 – Lunch & networking

15.00-16.30 – Conference session

16.30-17.30 – Networking & conference close

Topics we are considering for the 2020 event, in addition to the latest research developments, include:

  • Latest information about the connection between SCAD and FMD
  • The impact of SCAD on mental wellbeing – options for self-help and more
  • Improving the quality of Cardiac Rehab and looking beyond rehab towards exercising with confidence in the long term
  • The real costs of SCAD research
  • Separate sessions for those interested in:
    • P-SCAD (Pregnancy SCAD) outcomes and the options for women wanting to get pregnant post SCAD
    • How male SCAD is different

As the programme is developed further, we will share the confirmed topics here…

Please click here to complete the registration form. You will then be directed to our online shop to pay for your tickets. Please note your place is not guaranteed until you have paid the delegate fee(s).

Closing date for registrations is Monday 11 May 2020.

Cancellation policy: We can accept cancellations up to 4.30pm on Monday 11 May 2020. Up to this date your booking fee will be reimbursed, however after this date it may not be possible to provide a refund.

If you are a new mum with a babe in arms and are thinking about coming to the conference please contact us for information.

Birmingham is at the heart of the UK and can easily be reached by rail or by car. There will be free car parking available at the venue. Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at New Street Station. Up to six trains an hour depart for the University on the cross-city line (ten minutes to University station, final destination Longbridge or Redditch). The Alan Walters Building is a ten-minute walk from University Station.

There are two hotels based at the University.

Edgbaston Park Hotel – From £88 per night
Lucus House Hotel – From £62 per night

Please note two rates are offered – a room rate and a bed and breakfast rate – to book the latter, once you’ve searched for the date(s) you want, you’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the booking page and open the ‘bed and breakfast rate’ tab. If you book the room rate only and then want to add breakfast, please email the hotel who can arrange it for you.

Click here for full details of both hotels and reservations.

Other hotel options close to the University are listed below. Please note, we have simply listed the closest chain hotels and have not recently stayed in any of the hotels listed, so cannot guarantee standards.

Premier Inn, Hagley Road
Ibis Styles Birmingham Hagley Road
Best Western Plough and Harrow Hotel
The Collection Hotel, Birmingham

A huge range of hotels are also available in Birmingham City Centre.

The Beat SCAD Conference will take place at the Alan Walters Building, within the centre of Birmingham University Campus. Please click here to access the full access directions on the University of Birmingham website.  

We are offering sponsorship opportunities and exhibition space to both commercial and not-for-profit organisations wishing to take advantage of the Beat SCAD Conference as a way to support the charity and engage with participants and healthcare professionals. Details of the opportunities can be found here.  

If you or your friends/family are interested in supporting Beat SCAD on 6 June, please email

If your employer has a commercial interest in supporting the work of Beat SCAD, or if they have a Corporate and Social Responsibility programme whereby employees can nominate charities for financial support, please pass this information on to them.

Please note that while Beat SCAD would be very grateful for support for our event, we cannot endorse any individual services or products being offered by any sponsors or exhibitors.