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ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings October 16–21, 2009, Philadelphia November 6–11, 2010, Atlanta

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

ACR/ARHP 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting

Come join more than 10,000 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals in Philadelphia, for the 2009 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting! The meeting will be held Saturday, October 17–Wednesday, October 21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Preconference courses begin Friday, October 16.

In celebration of the ACR's 75th anniversary, the opening lecture will focus on the history of rheumatology. Bonnie Dorwart, MD will discuss arthritis and medicine in 19th-century America, Ralph Schumacher, MD will review the development of rheumatologic knowledge through the 20th century, and Charles Christian, MD will give a presentation on the first 75 years of the ACR.

The ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier event for specialists in the field of rheumatology, and we are continuing to enhance our meeting to bring you the best. Here's what's new for the 2009 meeting:

Expanded poster tours.

Back by popular demand, guided poster tours led by experts in the field will take groups of 25 attendees through the poster hall, highlighting novel developments among the research being presented. Selected posters from a variety of abstract categories will be included in the tour.

New formats.

Thieves' Market.

This popular format will highlight approximately 6 unique cases solicited from the ACR membership. After decades of silence, the thieves within the ACR will be heard!

Noontime clinical reviews.

These sessions will focus on reviewing clinical topics in rheumatology.

Research and Education Foundation Within Our Reach Lecture.

This lecture was created to expose physicians to research results that will impact patient care and to quickly move these discoveries from laboratory to the bedside.

More clinical sessions: ACR Clinical Practice.

Created for practitioners, these sessions will include reviews of current practice, clinical care, and business issues.

Redesigned plenary program.

The plenary sessions have been redesigned to ensure that the highest-quality science is presented at each session. A list of selected abstracts will be published in August.

Meet the Professor and Workshop sessions: revised registration.

More than 160 Meet the Professor and Workshop sessions will be offered to provide attendees with an opportunity to interact and consult with respected professionals who have expertise in a particular area. To help you plan your annual meeting itinerary, registration for Meet the Professor and Workshop sessions will open in September, after the abstract sessions have been selected.

Expanded SessionSelect: improved for 2009.

Based on attendee suggestions, the 2009 abstract sessions will be available through SessionSelect. SessionSelect, your online source for educational sessions, is a complimentary benefit of registration for the Annual Scientific Meeting. You won't have to choose which sessions to attend, because you will have access to them all after the meeting!

Improved electronic syllabi.

To ensure that you have the most updated copy of each speaker's presentation, syllabi will be available during the meeting. Within 24 hours of the speakers' having submitted their materials, you will be able to access and print from the Internet Center.

Online message center.

Designed to encourage person-to-person communication and social networking, this tool will allow you to find your registered colleagues before and during the conference.

Preconference courses.

Six outstanding preconference courses will kick off the meeting: the ACR/ABIM Maintenance of Certification Learning Session 2007 and 2008 Update Modules, the Clinical Research Conference, the Basic Research Conference, the Clinical Focus Course, the Advanced Practice Skills Training Course, and the Review Course.

The advance deadline for meeting and housing registration for the 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting is September 4. There are separate fees for preconference courses and Meet the Professor and Workshop sessions. After September 4, the registration fees are significantly higher. Complete program and registration information is available on the ACR Web site at

2009 PANLAR-Abbott Prizes in Rheumatology

Applications are being accepted for the 2009 Pan American League of Associations for Rheumatology (PANLAR)–Abbott Prizes in Rheumatology. The 2 prizes (in clinical or basic science research) will be presented in Philadelphia during the 2009 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting. Applicants must be ≤45 years of age as of October 1, 2009 and must live and work in a Latin American country. Applications will be judged on the basis of 1) curriculum vitae or biosketch (4-page limit), 2) 2 letters of support, 3) personal statement, 4) description of research accomplished (2-page limit), and 5) research proposal (10-page limit excluding references) in the following format: specific aims, background and significance, preliminary work (pertinent to study being proposed), and study design (methods, anticipated results, limitations, timetable). Complete applications (minus support letters) should be submitted electronically to Graciela S. Alarcón, MD, MPH, Chairperson, PANLAR-Abbott Rheumatology Prize Selection Committee ( must be received on or before September 1, 2009 (4:00 PM CST). The letters of support should be sent separately to the same address. Applications will be evaluated by a team of 7 jurors from PANLAR countries; the final ranking of the applications will be based on a previously agreed upon scoring system. For additional information, contact Dr. Alarcón or Luis R. Espinoza, MD, PANLAR President (

Other Education Programs

Antiphospholipid by the Beach: 13th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies. April 13–16, 2010, Galveston, TX. Organized by the University of Texas Medical Branch. Deadline for abstract submission is February 15, 2010. Registration fees are $420 if received by February 15, 2010 and $540 thereafter for physicians and medical professionals, and $180 if received by February 15, 2010 and $240 thereafter for students. For additional information, call 409-772-9300 or visit the Web site