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Winter 2017 (Volume 27, Number 4)

Update From the Abstract Committee

By Maggie Larché, MBChB, MRCP(UK), PhD

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The abstract committee is once again gearing up to review all of the submitted abstracts for the 2018 meeting.

With over 200 abstracts submitted so far – and more to come from the PGY4 and PGY5 fellows – there will be diverse and interesting scientific and clinical posters, and oral presentations. Each abstract is vetted by three reviewers and scored. The top scoring abstracts are then selected for oral presentations. In a similar fashion to last year, there will be oral presentations on a wide variety of topics, from a selection of students, residents, fellows and practicing rheumatologists.

In order to nurture the trainees and young faculty, and foster enthusiasm amongst medical students and undergraduates, we have nine prizes to be awarded again in 2018. These are:

  • Best Abstract on Research by Young Faculty

  • Best Abstract on Basic Science Research by a Trainee

  • Best Abstract on Clinical or Epidemiology Research by a Trainee - Phil Rosen Award

  • Best Abstract on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) Research by a Trainee - Ian Watson Award

  • Best Abstract by a Medical Student

  • Best Abstract by a Postgraduate Resident

  • Best Abstract by a Rheumatology Resident

  • Best Abstract by an Undergraduate Student

  • Best Abstract by a Postgraduate Research Trainee

There will be two interactive poster sessions where delegates can quiz the poster presenters, and two podium sessions, during which there will be oral presentations of some of the best abstracts. Prize winners will be judged during the poster and oral presentation sessions.

I would like to extend a huge gratitude to the Abstract Sub-committee members who volunteer to review the abstracts and judge the presentations. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Maggie Larché, MBChB, MRCP(UK), PhD
CRA Abstract Committee Chair,
Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology,
Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics
Staff Rheumatologist,
St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario

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