Winter 2020 (Volume 30, Number 4)
News from the ASM Program Committee
By Vinod Chandran, MBBS, MD, DM, PhD
We look forward to “seeing” you at the CRA’s first virtual Annual
Scientific Meeting (ASM)! It is shaping up to be an exciting and
dynamic offering that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your
own home. In 2021, as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the
CRA, our meeting will showcase the strengths of our extended
rheumatology community, aptly captured by the theme of our
meeting: Collaboration, Resilience and Advancement.
Oh, what a difference a year can make…. clinical care, research and
meetings have all been transformed by technology and are much
different than what we were accustomed to when we last met in
Victoria. While a virtual conference will undoubtedly also be a different
experience from years past, what will NOT change is the exciting lineup of
speakers and workshops you expect, as well as the opportunities to network
that you enjoy.
The meeting will run from Wednesday, February 24th to Friday, February
26th, 2021. Each day will offer a full day of formal, interactive programming
and adequate time for networking plus, you will have the opportunity
to watch on-demand sessions afterwards! Although the sessions are shorter
in duration than at CRA’s in-person conference, they will deliver practical,
clinically applicable learnings from leading experts from Canada and
around the world.
The ASM keynote lectures include:
- Dunlop-Dottridge, delivered by Dr. Daniel Kastner, NIH Distinguished
Investigator, Inflammatory Disease Section, National Human Genome
Research Institute (NHGRI). Dr. Kastner will speak on the advances
made in understanding autoinflammatory diseases.
- State-of-the-Art, delivered by Dr. Michael Libman, Director of the J.D.
MacLean Centre for Tropical Diseases at McGill University. Dr. Libman
will be speaking to us about vaccinations and rheumatic diseases.
- Non-Medical Expert, delivered by Dr. Danielle Martin, family physician
and Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Executive of Women’s
College Hospital in Toronto. A highly regarded health system leader,
Dr. Martin will speak to us about inequities in health care delivery in
the current times.
Additionally, we will feature abstracts and poster tours for trainees and investigators
to showcase their research activities; state-of-the-art and crowd-sourced
workshops; satellite symposia; as well as the not-to-be-missed crowd
favourites including Clinical Pearls and Mysterious Cases, RheumJeopardy
and The Great Debate! Opportunities to celebrate our award-winning colleagues
will be featured throughout the meeting, and satellite meetings will
feature the Residents’ Pre-Course, CRA Review Course, Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) Pre-Course, and the Canadian
Arthritis Research Conference.
We welcome all CRA and AHPA members, as well as interested
stakeholders, and colleagues around the word to
join us for this exciting and memorable Annual Scientific
Meeting. We look forward to reconnecting, sharing, and
celebrating with you in February!
Dr. Daniel Kastner
Dr. Michael Libman
Dr. Danielle Martin
Vinod Chandran, MBBS, MD, DM, PhD
Chair, CRA ASM Program Committee
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine,
Division of Rheumatology, University of Toronto,
Affiliate Scientist, Krembil Research Institute,
University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
Adjunct Professor, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland