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Annual Meetings

 October 16–21, 2004, San Antonio

 November 12–17, 2005, San Diego

 For additional information, contact the ACR office.

ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting

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The American College of Rheumatology will conduct its 68th Annual Scientific Meeting October 17–21, 2004, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. Preconference courses begin Saturday, October 16.

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 70 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 Recent Advances in Connective Tissue Biology in Health and Disease will be held as a preconference course on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17. Sessions include topics such as Growth Factors and Regulation of Extracellular Matrix; Inherited Connective Tissue Diseases; Cellular Components, Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Skeletal Structure; and Physiological and Pathological Matrix.

A new conference will be held this year on the Economic, Social and Psychological Impact of Arthritis, on Saturday, October 16, with sessions including The Epidemiology of Arthritis in Developed and Developing Nations; The Economics of Arthritis on the Individual, Family and Society; Social and Psychological Impact of Arthritis; and Reducing the Burdens of Arthritis.

The ACR Review Course will be held on Sunday, October 17 and will include sessions on Allergic Disease for the Rheumatologist; Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Early Arthritis; Future Therapies for Rheumatic Diseases; Genomics and Proteomics; Immunology 101; Update on Osteoarthritis; and Update on Sjögren's Syndrome.

The ACR Frontiers in Basic Research preconference course will also be held on Sunday, October 17 and will cover Innate Immune Activation, Toll-like Receptors and Autoimmunity.

During the meeting, basic science symposia will be offered on Bone Formation and Destruction; Chemokines and Lipid Chemoattractants in Arthritis; Novel Insights into Immunological Self-Tolerance; The Biology of Glucosamine and the Chondroitin Sulfates; Visualizing the Immune Response; Lymphocyte Differentiation and Activation: Within the Nucleus; Interferons and Autoimmunity; and Animal Models of Inflammatory Arthritis. In addition, a session on Skin Diseases: Immunobiology and the Development of New Therapeutics will be jointly sponsored by the ACR and NIAMS.

Clinical symposium topics include Geriatric Rheumatology: Focus on Muscle, Mobility and Myopathy; Practical Issues in Transitioning from the Pediatric to the Adult Rheumatologist; Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Advances in Science and Therapeutic Decision Making; Advances in Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis and Therapy; Can We Believe the Results of Observational Studies?; Vasculitis: From Bench to Bedside; Scleroderma in Children; Scleroderma: Update on Therapy; Spondylarthropathies: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment; Gout and Hyperuricemia: Advances and Controversies; and The Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome: Diagnosis and Management. In addition, an ACR/PANLAR Clinical Symposium will be held on Mycobacterial Infections in the Era of TNF Inhibitors.

The ACR and ARHP are offering joint symposia on Sports Medicine for the Adolescent Athlete; and Best Practice in the Management of Common Neck Pain.

ACR Medical Aspects of Rheumatic Diseases Lecture topics include Thromboembolic Disorders in Rheumatic Diseases; Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders in Rheumatic Diseases; Diabetes and Hyperlipidemia; and Demyelinating Syndromes in Rheumatologic Diseases.

State-of-the-Art Lecture topics include Mind Over Immunity: Neural Control of Inflammation; Stem Cells and Cloning in Regenerative Medicine and Reproductive Biology; Good Riddance: Thymocyte Clonal Deletion Prevents Autoimmunity; and Bone Quality and Fractures.

The registration and housing deadline is September 10. 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 10, the registration fees are significantly higher.

Complete program and registration information is available on the ACR Web site at www.rheumatology.org/annual.

ARHP Member-Get-A-Member Campaign

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Members of the American College of Rheumatology or the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals who participate in the 2004 ARHP membership drive will earn chances to win free registration to the ARHP 39th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio. For each new ARHP member recruited, the current member's name will be added to the drawing; the more members recruited, the more chances to win. The winning member will be selected on August 30 and notified by telephone. To participate, print out a membership application on the ARHP home page section of the ACR Web site, or call 404-633-3777 and request an application. Be sure that your name and signature appear as the sponsoring ACR or ARHP member. For additional information, contact Jan Price, Manager, Membership Services, at jprice@rheumatology.org.

Education Programs

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Fourth International Conference on Sex Hormones, Pregnancy, and the Rheumatic Diseases, and Fifth Interna-tional Workshop on Neonatal Lupus and the Ro-SSA/La-SSB System.

September 20–22, 2004, Stresa, Italy. For additional information, contact Simona Farelli, O.I.C. S.r.l., Via Fatebenefratelli 19, I-20121 Milan, Italy, phone 39-02-657-1200, fax 39-02-657-1270, e-mail internationalconference2004@oic.it.

Eleventh Brussels International Spine Symposium: Spondylolysis, Spondylolisthesis, and Degenerative Spondylolisthesis.

November 19–20, 2004, Brussels, Belgium. For additional information, contact R. Gunzberg, MD, PhD, Eeuwfeestkliniek Antwerpen, Harmondestraat 68, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium, fax 32-3-239-6976.

VI European Lupus Meeting.

March 3–5, 2005, London, UK. To be held under the auspices of the British Society of Rheumatology. For additional information, contact Julia Kermode, British Society of Rheumatology, by e-mail at Julia@Rheumatology.org.uk.