Convenor's Welcome

The Organising Committee of the 2018 Australian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting thanks you for joining us in Melbourne for this year’s Meeting. The meeting is also being held in conjunction with the Australian Rheumatology Health Professionals’ Association and will include Paediatric Rheumatology, as well as co-badged sessions with the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society and the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

The meeting will feature some of the world’s most dynamic speakers in Rheumatology. We aim to present cutting-edge research, provide clinical updates and to address some of the ‘big picture’ issues in adult and paediatric Rheumatology. Meeting themes will include spondyloarthritis, JAK-STAT biology and blockade, back pain, paediatric pain, new developments in osteoarthritis, muscle in ageing and metabolism, and health care stewardship.

I would like to draw your attention to the latter session on Monday afternoon, which will lead directly in to our AGM. Clinical grand rounds is always a highlight and, given the availability of flights out of Melbourne, this year we decided to save it until the last.

We welcome our international guests including Désirée van der Heijde (Netherlands), Martin Englund (Sweden), Peter Croft (UK), Roy Fleischmann (USA), David Sherry (USA), Massimo Gadina (USA), Dan Cua (USA), Stuart Warden (USA) and Robert Landewé (Netherlands). We will also feature a wide range of local experts.

We hope you enjoy a taste of what this vibrant city offers – from shopping in laneways, to great food and wine, the arts, and the iconic MCG - and have a wonderful ARA meeting in Melbourne.

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Prof Ian Wicks
Convenor, 2018 ARA ASM

MB BS PhD FRACP FAHMS
Head, Inflammation Division
Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and
Head, Rheumatology Unit
Royal Melbourne Hospital & University of Melbourne


Important Dates

November 2017 – Call for Abstracts submission available

NOW OPEN – Online registration available

Friday 2 February 2018 (NOW CLOSED) – Closing date for abstract submissions

Friday 2 March 2018 (NOW CLOSED)  Closing date for Grand Round submissions

Mid-March 2018 – Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts

Friday 30 March 2018 – Closing date for early bird registrations 


Organisers

Convenor 2018
Professor Ian Wicks

Committee Members
Rachelle Buchbinder
Simon Chatfield
Sabina Ciciriello
Angela Cox (Paediatric)
Peter Gowdie (Paediatric)
Geoff McColl
John Moi
Gene-Siew Ngian
Genevieve Nolan (RHPA)
Carolyn Page (RHPA)
Lynden Roberts
Andrew Teichtahl
Sharon Van Doornum
Anita Wluka

 


Contact

ARA 2018 Meeting Secretariat

Lara Malcolm
The Meeting People Pty Ltd
PO Box 764, Mitcham SA 5062, AUSTRALIA
32 The Strand, Colonel Light Gardens SA 5041, AUSTRALIA

T   08 8177 2215
M  0411 439 410
E   lara@themeetingpeople.com.au
W  www.themeetingpeople.com.au

 

 

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