ACR announcements

ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings

 November 12–17, 2005, San Diego

 November 10–15, 2006, Washington, DC

Winter Rheumatology Symposium

 January 21–27, 2006, Snowmass

State-of-the-Art Symposium

 April 7–9, 2006, Chicago

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting

The American College of Rheumatology will conduct its 69th Annual Scientific Meeting November 12–17, 2005, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. Preconference courses begin Saturday, November 12.

Formats for the presentations will include poster sessions, concurrent abstract sessions, plenary sessions, minisymposia, basic science and clinical symposia, lectures, and study group sessions. Meet the Professor and workshop sessions covering more than 80 topics will be conducted to provide attendees with an opportunity to interact and consult with respected professionals who have expertise in a particular area. To facilitate discussion, each Meet the Professor session is limited to 30 participants and each workshop is limited to 24 participants. Following is an overview of select program topics:

A Basic Research Conference on Dendritic Cells will be held as a preconference course on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. Sessions include topics such as Innate Receptors on Dendritic Cells and Immune System; Antigen Processing and Immunological Synapse of Dendritic Cells; Dendritic Cells and Immunological Tolerance; Dendritic Cells and Immunity; and Dendritic Cells and Autoimmune Diseases.

A conference on Evidence-Based Rheumatology: Reducing the Prevalence and Impact of Arthritis will be held on Saturday, November 12, with sessions including The Evidence for Modifiable Risk Factors in Arthritis; Perspective on Effectiveness: From the Patient to Society; Value in Arthritis: A Gram of Prevention or a Kilogram of Cure; and International Perspectives on Assessing Public Health and Medical Care Interventions in Arthritis.

There will be a joint ACR/ABIM Self Evaluation Process Learning Session for Recertification on Saturday, November 12. The program is designed for those who would like to satisfy a requirement for ABIM recertification, assess their strengths and weaknesses in clinical decision-making, or be better prepared for the ABIM Rheumatology Board Recertification Examination.

The ACR Review Course will be held on Sunday, November 13 and will include sessions on Myopathies; Developments in Pediatric Rheumatology; Focus on Thrombocytopenia and Thrombosis; What's New in Osteoporosis; Vasculitis: New Concepts and Therapies; Update on Gout and Other Crystal-Induced Arthritides; Gastroenterology Update for Rhematologists; and Update on Musculoskeletal Imaging. The ACR Frontiers in Translation preconference course will also be held on Sunday, November 13 and will cover Autoinflammatory Disease.

During the meeting, basic science symposia will be offered on Genetic Syndromes in Pediatric Rheumatology; Nitric Oxide: A Key Mediator of Rheumatic Diseases; Cartilage and the Pathophysiology of Osteoarthritis; Novel TNF Family Members and Their Receptors as Therapeutic Targets; The Biology of Synovial Hyperplasia; The Science of COX-2; B Cells: Beyond Antibody Production; Lipids Back in the Limelight; and TGF-β: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Clinical symposium topics include Advances in Orthopedic Surgery; Getting Paid for Performance: Quality Counts; Meeting the Challenges of Drug Development in SLE; Pediatric Vasculitis; Malignancy in the Rheumatic Diseases; Drug Resistance to DMARDs in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis; Ethics; What Rheumatologists Need to Know About the Eye, Ear, and Oropharynx; Coxibs: Epidemiologic, Regulatory, and Practical Issues; Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: Insights Into Classification, Outcomes, and Treatment; and Psoriatic Arthritis: Pathogenesis, Classification, and Treatment. There will also be a combined ACR/APLAR Clinical Symposium on Arthritis in Developing Countries: Problems and Prospects.

The ACR and ARHP are offering joint symposia on Management of Common Shoulder Problems and Pain in Pediatric Rheumatic Disease: Update on Mechanisms and Intervention.

ACR Medical Aspects of Rheumatic Diseases Lecture topics include infections in the Pharmacologically- Immunosuppressed Patient; Contraception, Fertility, and Pregnancy in the Rheumatic Disease Patient; and Sleep Medicine.

State-of-the-Art Lecture topics include The Role of Inhibitory Receptors in Autoimmune Disease; Cartilage in Joint Disease; NF-κB: A Mediator of Immune and Inflammatory Responses; Regulatory T Cells; and Pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Chemokines as Potential Therapeutic Targets.

The registration and housing deadline is October 7. If received by that date, the registration fee for the Annual Scientific Meeting is $350 for ACR members, $175 for member trainees and emeritus members, $525 for nonmembers, and $225 for nonmember trainees. There are separate fees for preconference courses and Meet the Professor and workshop sessions. After October 7, the registration fees are significantly higher. Complete program and registration information is available on the ACR Web site at

Education Programs

OMERACT 8. May 10–14, 2006, St. Julian's Bay, Malta. The program for this biennial meeting of the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) group will include plenary sessions and workshops, as well as a preconference for fellows and young researchers. For additional information, contact Q2Q Communications Ltd., OMERACT 8 Event Managers, 7 Swan Street, Old Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6RJ, UK, phone 44-20-8569-9444, fax 44-20-8569-9555, e-mail, or visit the Web site

Asian Rheumatology: Facing the Challenge (12th Congress of the Asian League Against Rheumatism). August 1–5, 2006, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Abstract deadline is February 15, 2006. Official language is English. Early registration deadline is March 31, 2006; deadline for regular registration is July 31, 2006. On-site registration will also be available. For additional information, contact AOS Conventions and Events Sdn Bhd, Congress Secretariat, 12th APLAR Congress, 39 & 40 Jalan Mamanda 9, Ampang Point, 68000 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, phone 60-3-4252-9100, fax 60-3-4257-1133, e-mail, or visit the Web site