Between October 26-29, I will fortunate to be able to attend the annual conference of the The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in San Diego, California. The conference will be attended by thousands of rheumatologists, researchers, health care providers, patient advocates, and exhibitors. The American College of Rheumatology’s “…mission is advancing rheumatology! The organization represents over 8,500 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals around the world. The ACR offers its members the support they need to ensure that they are able to continue their innovative work by providing programs of education, research, advocacy , and practice support.” This is THE big conference in the United States related to rheumatology.
I will be serving in two primary capacities while at the conference. I will be volunteering at the exhibit booth for the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF). The RPF strives to bring advocacy, awareness, and support for patients through a variety of strategies. I will also be co-presenting a research paper with Kelly Young and several others about disease impact on activity. This research was supported by the RPF. After the presentation I’ll share more details about the research findings from the paper on which I conducted some of the statistical analyses. In between volunteering for the RPF in the exhibit hall and co-presenting the paper, I hope to be able to attend research sessions related to diagnostic issues and new treatments in the pipeline. My goal is to post updates on this blog over the next few weeks.
It’s exciting that through the RPF, actual patients have the opportunity engage with health care professionals at their professional conference. Such interaction is critical for advancing research and ensuring the best quality care and treatments.