ACR Announcements

ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings

  October 25–30, 2013, San Diego

  November 14–19, 2014, Boston

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

2013 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting Scientific Program Preview

Discover the latest in rheumatology at the premier rheumatology meeting, which will be held October 25−30, 2013 in San Diego.

We are excited about the plans for the scientific program. The ACR Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the ARHP Program Committee have worked hard to develop a program that will be of great interest to practicing clinicians as well as to basic science and clinical investigators. In addition to returning favorites such as the Year in Review, Curbside Consults, Meet the Professors, The Great Debate, and Thieves' Market, the program continues to expand. This year's program will include more clinical reviews, symposia, and Immunology Updates for the Clinicians.

Pre-meeting courses. These groundbreaking courses will be offered on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Don't miss the opportunity to take advantage of the array of offerings, such as the very popular ACR Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists, which always sells out quickly. Other offerings include the ACR Basic Research Conference, the ACR Certified Rheumatology Coder Course, the ACR/ABIM Maintenance of Certification Learning Session, the ARHP Clinical Focus Course, as well as the Practice Management course. Plan to register early as you do not want to miss the opportunity to attend one of these.

Last, though definitely not least, is the ACR Review Course. New this year, 30 self-assessment questions enabling attendees to earn ABIM Maintenance of Certification points will be incorporated into the always-popular Review Course. Questions will be related to each of the 8 topics covered and will be provided to all registered attendees prior to the course. During the course the lectures will provide reference to the questions. Access to an online module will be granted to all Review Course registrants during and post-course so they can submit their answers to receive 10 ABIM MOC points once the passing score is achieved. This is just the start of the ACR's initiative to provide opportunities for rheumatologists to earn MOC points for activities they are already participating in and in live settings. Although the ACR Review Course is designed to accommodate thousands, be sure to get your ticket early.

Opening lecture. We are excited to announce that J. Craig Venter, PhD will present the meeting's opening lecture. Regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous contributions to genomic research, Dr. Venter and his team at the J. Craig Venter Institute continue to blaze new trails and make groundbreaking advances in genomic sequencing, environmental genomics, and human genome medicine.

Opening reception. This year's opening reception will be held at the San Diego Convention Center. This complimentary reception will be on Saturday, October 26 beginning at 6:15 PM, immediately following the opening lecture. Take this opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones before you enjoy an evening on your own in San Diego.

Visit to view the registration brochure, and join us in San Diego to be a part of what will be a very memorable experience!

Education Programs

14th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies and 4th Latin American Congress On Autoimmunity. September 18–21, 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Registration fees are as follows: $720 (international participants/physicians/scientists), $320 (Latin American participants), $320 (students and residents) through September 9, 2013; $750 (international participants/physicians/scientists), $350 (Latin American participants), $350 (students and residents) thereafter. Sessions will be held in English with translation to Portuguese and potentially to other languages. For additional information, visit the web site

5th International Conference on Neuroendocrine Immune Basis of the Rheumatic Diseases. October 1–3, 2013, Santa Margherita (Genoa), Italy. The topic of this conference will be Steroids in Neuroendocrine Immunology and Therapy of Rheumatic Diseases. The official language will be English. For additional information, e-mail or visit the web site

6th Asian Congress of Autoimmunity. November 20–22, 2013, Hong Kong. Registration fees are as follows: $455 (full participants), $250 (full participants from countries whose economies are designated low income or lower-middle income), $190 (residents, trainees and students) through August 6, 2013; $550 (full participants), $340 (full participants from low or lower-middle income countries), $260 (residents, trainees and students) August 7−November 6, 2013; $650 (full participants), $425 (full participants from low or lower-middle income countries), $320 (residents, trainees and students) thereafter. For additional information, visit the web site