ACR announcement

ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings

October 23–28, 2003, Orlando

October 16–21, 2004, San Antonio

November 12–17, 2005, San Diego

Summer Clinical Symposium

 June 26–28, 2003, Santa Barbara

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting

The American College of Rheumatology will conduct its 67th Annual Scientific Meeting October 24–28, 2003, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 38th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. Preconference courses begin Thursday, October 23.

Formats for the presentations will include poster sessions, concurrent abstract sessions, plenary sessions, mini-symposia, basic science and clinical symposia, lectures, and study group sessions. Meet the Professor/Expert sessions and workshops 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 Synovial Biology will be held as a preconference course on Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24. Sessions include a 2-part session on Cellular Inflammation in Inflamed Synovium and a session on Soluble Mediators.

The ACR Review Course will be held on Friday, October 24 and will include sessions on Common Dermatologic Presentations in Rheumatic Illnesses; The TNF Related Superfamily Members and Their Role in Rheumatic Illnesses; Fibromyalgia; Imaging Techniques in Rheumatic Disease; Postmenopausal Osteoporosis; Pathophysiology and Treatment; Newest Standards of Treatment for Early and Difficult RA; SLE: Management of Specific Clinical Manifestations; and The Spectrum of Interstitial Lung Disease in the Collagen Vascular Diseases: Presentation and Management.

The ACR Frontiers in Basic Research preconference course will be held on Friday, October 24 and will cover Immune Cell Tolerance in Health and Disease.

Basic science symposia will be offered on Genetic Syndromes in Pediatric Rheumatology; Genomics Transcriptomics and Proteomics: From Bench to Bedside; Anti-Sticky Therapies; Targeting B-Cells in Systemic Autoimmunity; T-Cell Memory in Health and Disease; Progenitor Cells and Cell Plasticity in Tissue Repair and Fibrosis; Update on the Pathogenesis of Osteoarthritis; Lupus Immunogenetics: 2003 Update; and Transcriptional Regulation of T-Cell Politics.

Clinical symposium topics include Ankylosing Spondylitis; Rational Management of Fibromyalgia; Inflammatory Eye Disease; Geriatric Rheumatology: Focus on Elderly-Onset Rheumatoid Arthritis; Ethics in Rheumatology; SLE: Modern Concepts of Pathogenesis, Pathology and Treatment; Are You Being Fooled by Published Clinical Trials?; Are We Aiming at Overtreatment?; and Systemic Onset Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: New Insights Into Pathophysiology and Therapy.

The ACR and ARHP are offering joint symposia on Fostering Independence in Children with Rheumatic Disease: Issues and Answers; New Insights Into the Joint Hypermobility Syndrome; and Prevention of Disability: What the Clinician Needs to Know.

ACR Medical Aspects of Rheumatic Diseases Lecture topics include Algorithms for the Treatment of Hypertension in Patients with Rheumatic Disease; and Pharmacological Therapy for Depression.

State-of-the-Art Lecture topics include Toll-Like Receptors: Genetic Dissection of Innate Immune Response Pathways; SAPHO Syndrome; From mRNA to RNAi; Mechanisms of Synovitis; Molecular Mechanisms of Bone Resorption; and Pleiotropic Effects of Statins.

The ACR program will also feature an advocacy session on Spotlight on the Medicare Fee Schedule: A 2003 Update.

The registration and housing deadline is September 18. 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/Expert sessions and workshops. After September 18 the registration fees are significantly higher.

Complete program and registration information is available on the ACR Web site at

Education Programs

American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 25th Annual Meeting.

September 19–23, 2003, Minneapolis, MN. For additional information, contact ASBMR, 2025 M Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-3309, phone 202-367-1161, fax 202-367-2161, e-mail, or visit the Web site

Arthritis in the Elderly: New Perspectives in Diagnosis and Treatment.

October 9–11, 2003, Milan, Italy. Official languages will be Italian and English. For additional information, contact O.I.C. S.r.l., Via Fatebenefratelli 19, I-20121 Milan, Italy, phone 39-02-6571200, fax 39-02-6571270, e-mail

Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress on Osteoarthritis.

October 12–15, 2003, Berlin, Germany. Preregistration fees are $400 for OARSI members, $525 for nonmembers, $150 for students, and $200 for trainees and fellows. Onsite registration fees are $500 for OARSI members, $625 for nonmembers, $200 for students, and $250 for trainees and fellows. For additional information, contact OARSI, 17000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054, phone 856-439-1385, fax 856-439-0525, e-mail, or visit the Web site

Heart, Rheumatism, and Autoimmunity.

February 5–7, 2004, Milan, Italy. For additional information, contact O.I.C. Srl, Via Fatebenefratelli 19, I-20121 Milan, Italy, phone 39-02-6571200, fax 39-02-6571270, e-mail