ACR Announcements

ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings

November 10–15, 2006, Washington, DC

November 6–11, 2007, Boston

Pediatric Rheumatology Review Course

March 3–4, 2006, Atlanta

State-of-the-Art Symposium

April 7–9, 2006, Chicago

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

ACR State-of-the-Art Symposium

The American College of Rheumatology's 2006 State-of-the-Art Symposium will be held April 8–9 at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago. This day-and-a-half meeting will provide an opportunity for presentation of new findings in both clinical and basic research, outlining the directions of state-of-the-art investigation and future prospects in the management of the conditions addressed by practicing rheumatologists. On Friday, April 7, the ACR will be offering a one-day Practice Management Course and the ACR/ABIM SEP Learning Session for Recertification. Both courses require a separate registration fee. On Sunday, April 9, the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) will offer a one-of-a-kind course, Basic Immunology for Clinicians: Update 2006. The deadline for advance registration for the 2006 State-of-the-Art Symposium is March 10, 2006; registration fees are reduced if received on or before that date. A special group rate for hotel rooms is also available if the reservation is received on or before March 10. The ACR recommends that meeting participants make airline or rental car reservations through the ACR's official travel agency, Association Travel Concepts, 800-458-9383, For additional information or to register for any of these meetings, visit

Nominations for ACR Awards of Distinction and Masters Due April 14

Nominations for the 2005 ACR Awards of Distinction and ACR Masters are due April 14. To nominate someone for one of the Awards of Distinction (Paulding Phelps Award, Distinguished Service Award, Distinguished Rheumatologist Award, Distinguished Investigator Award, Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award, Clinical Research Award, and Presidential Gold Medal), the sponsor must submit a nomination form, a letter of nomination, two additional letters of recommendation, and a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae. To nominate someone for Master status, the sponsor must submit a nomination form and two letters of recommendation from voting members of the ACR. The letters should explain how the nominee has set the highest professional standards in advancing the art and science of rheumatology. Nominees for ACR Master must have reached the age of 65 before October 1, 2006. Nomination forms for Awards of Distinction and Masters are available from the Membership Department at the ACR office and in the Membership section of the ACR Web site. Completed nomination packets should be sent to Chair, Committee on Nominations and Appointments, c/o the ACR office. The 2006 award recipients will be honored at the ACR Annual Meeting in Washington, DC in November.

ACR Invites Nominations for Leadership Positions

The ACR encourages all members to participate in forming policy and conducting activities of the College by assuming positions of leadership in the organization. Appointments will become effective at the 2006 Annual Scientific Meeting in November. Positions are available on the following committees: Corporate Relations, Education, Ethics and Conflict of Interest, Finance, Government Affairs, Journal Publications, Nominations and Appointments, Quality Measures, Research, Rheumatologic Care, and Rheumatology Training and Workforce Issues. Positions are also available on the Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors and on the ACR Board of Directors. Two officer positions—Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer—are available as well. Members are invited to submit names of candidates to serve as officers, on committees, or on the Board of Directors. For more information, contact the Director of Membership by phone at (404) 633-3777 or by e-mail at Volunteer forms and committee descriptions are available from the Membership Department at the ACR office and in the Membership section of the ACR Web site. Nominations should be submitted by June 1 to Chair, Committee on Nominations and Appointments, c/o the ACR office.

2006 Certifying Examination in Pediatric Rheumatology

The American Board of Pediatrics 2006 Certifying Examination in Pediatric Rheumatology will be administered on November 10, 2006. The registration period is February 1–May 3, 2006 for first-time applicants and March 16–June 16, 2006 for re-registrants. Applicants must complete the registration online. For additional information, including eligibility requirements, contact American Board of Pediatrics, 111 Silver Cedar Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1513, phone 919-929-0461, fax 919-918-7114 or 919-929-9255, or visit the Web site

Education Programs

IXth International Symposium on Sjögren's Syndrome. April 27–29, 2006, Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation. For additional information, contact the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation at 301-718-0300 or visit the Web site

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

European Orthopaedic Research Society 16th Annual Meeting. June 7–9, 2006, Bologna, Italy. Early registration is available at a reduced rate through March 31, 2006. Official language is English. For additional information, contact EORS2006, Laboratorio di Fisiopatologia, Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, via di Barbiano 1/10, 40136 Bologna, Italy, phone 39-51-6366-897, fax 39-51-6366-748, 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 dead-line 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

Fifth International Congress on Spondyloarthropathies. October 12–14, 2006, Ghent, Belgium. Abstract deadline is April 7, 2006. For additional information, contact Medicongress, Waalpoel 28-34, B-9960 Assenede, Belgium, phone 32-9-344-3959, fax 32-9-344-4010, e-mail, or visit the Web site