By Dr Irwin Lim, Rheumatologist
The 1st day on ground was a beautiful, sunny day. It was my day of sightseeing prior to the infusion of rheumatology: Millenium Park, the Art Institute, the Sears/Willis Tower (America's tallest building) and an architectural tour along the river.
The next day, the weather turned. Much colder, wetter. Perfect for being in a convention centre. ACR 2011 attracted over 16,000 delegates. All aspects of rheumatology were covered: basic science and clinical, degenerative and inflammatory conditions, the common and the obscure. It's impossible not to be stimulated in such an environment.
Some sessions I attended discussed:
- Small molecules, targeting JAK & SyK in rheumatoid arthritis
- Antimalarials, such as Hydroxychloroquine - history, current use & future directions
- T2T - the emphasis on treating to target in rheumatoid arthritis
- MRI imaging & TNF inhibition in Ankylosing Spondylitis
- The use of TNF inhibitors in Axial Spondyloarthritis
- "Did you brush your teeth today?" - looking at the association between periodontal disease and autoimmune disease
- Gout: new directions for this most common inflammatory arthritis
- Coeliac Disease: an update
- Vitamin D and Calcium - discussing the calcium controversy
- Biosimilars and the difficulty in bringing biologic "generics" to market
In addition, I brought my iPad with a bluetooth keyboard attached. Wonderful for taking notes. This helped keep me awake and allowed me to even contribute to the meeting's twitter conversation (#ACR2011 for those tweeps reading).
All in all, good fun and food for the brain.
Dr Irwin Lim is a rheumatologist and a director of BJC Health.
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