Methotrexate micro needle workshop

Do you take methotrexate and are you aged 12 to 16 years old? Would you like to take part in a workshop to help researchers develop a new way for young people to take methotrexate? If so, this workshop is just for you!

Methotrexate is a medicine that is used to reduce the activity of the body’s immune system, which may be overactive in some conditions, such as arthritis, lupus, and vasculitis. Methotrexate is a long-term treatment that helps to treat the underlying symptoms of conditions like arthritis. At much higher doses, methotrexate is used to treat certain types of cancer. Methotrexate is currently available as an oral solution, tablet or injection.

However, many people dislike some of the side effects associated with methotrexate, such as nausea and vomiting. In particular, young people and their families have repeatedly raised this as an issue that needs addressing, disliking the side effects, and the way in which methotrexate is currently given.

Therefore, researchers are now looking into a new method of delivering methotrexate (among other medicines), using very small needles called micro needles. They’re also looking at how best to measure young people’s acceptability of micro needles.

The workshop will start at 10.30 am on Saturday 30 September 2017, and it is expected to last for two hours. The workshop will take place at The Institute in the Park, at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP. Don’t worry about travel costs either, as these will be reimbursed if you decide to take part in the workshop.

This is an incredible opportunity to share your experiences and influence how young people in the future may receive methotrexate.

If you would like to take part, please contact Punam or Jenny:

Punam Mistry
Telephone: 0151 282 4653

Jenny Preston
Telephone: 0151 252 5435

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Written by simonrstones

Simon R. Stones BSc (Hons) is a multi-award winning patient advocate, consultant and researcher from Bolton in the United Kingdom. He was recognised in 2019 as one of the top 100 most influential people with disabilities in the UK, and was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. He is a passionate advocate and ambassador for people living with chronic conditions and invisible illnesses, inspired and empowered by his own journey with juvenile arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease since childhood, as well as a carer for his mother. He is currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a trustee of Fibromyalgia Action UK and RAiISE, board member of the European Network for Children with Arthritis (ENCA) and President of the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA).

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