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15th World Congress on Endometriosis (WCE2023)

Professor Horne speaks of delight at WCE2023 being held in Edinburgh

  • The World Endometriosis Society’s 15th World Congress on Endometriosis (WCE2023) arrives in UK for first time since 2000
  • 1,200 delegates expected to attend, with economic impact for Edinburgh estimated at £3m
  • Bid was led by the MRC CRH’s Professor Andrew Horne and MRC CIR’s Philippa Saunders
  • Endometriosis affects 190 million women worldwide and is one of the most common causes of pelvic pain and infertility
  • Professor Andrew Horne said: “Being chosen to host WCE2023 is a recognition of the progress in endometriosis discovery that has come out of our excellent team from the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health and Centre for Inflammation Research”
  • EICC CEO Marshall Dallas: “Scotland has been at the forefront of global healthcare for centuries, and over the last twenty-five years the EICC has been a focal point for many of the world’s largest international healthcare conferences”

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) has secured the 15th World Congress on Endometriosis (WCE2023), with the international healthcare conference set for the venue between 3-6 May 2023.  1,200 delegates are expected to attend, with an economic impact for Edinburgh estimated at £3 million. 

The bid was led by the University of Edinburgh’s Professors Andrew Horne and Philippa Saunders, who will co-chair WCE2023.  Endometriosis, which affects an estimated 190 million worldwide, is listed by the NHS as one of the 20 most painful diseases and carries a significant personal and socio-economic burden. Those with endometriosis experience an average diagnostic delay of eight years and are often, during the life course of the disease, subjected to multiple hit-and-miss treatments with a variety of efficacy and side-effects.

Andrew Horne, Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences at MRC CRH

Being chosen to host WCE2023 is a recognition of the progress in endometriosis discovery that has come out of our excellent team from the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health and Centre for Inflammation Research. We are hugely excited to be hosting WCE2023 in Edinburgh: a unique congress that will bring together clinicians, scientists, and patient advocates from across the world towards the common goal of positively impacting the health and wellbeing of all with endometriosis and adenomyosis.” 

Two coverage links are can be accessed below:

The Herald

Conference News

Video: WCE2023
WCE2023 will be presided over by Professor Andrew Horne of the University of Edinburgh. He will be working with UK-wide colleagues from the UK Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Network.