American College of Rheumatology 2016 Annual Meeting: What to Expect

The 2016 American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Meeting kicks off on Friday, November 11.

More than 16,000 rheumatology professionals are expected to arrive in Washington, D.C. to attend the 2016 American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) Annual Meeting. ACR 2016 kicks off on Friday, November 11th and runs through Wednesday, November 16th.

“There’s no other meeting that has the high level of science—not just clinical science, but translational and basic science—that really gives you a peek into the future of rheumatology,” said Joan M. Von Feldt, MD, MSEd, president of the ACR, in an ACR interview.1 “It’s not just domestic science; it’s global.”

There are more than 450 sessions planned, divided into four tracks: basic science, clinical science, clinical practice, and business/administration. Over 1000 speakers will be in attendance to cover the most relevant issues in patient care, medication adjustments, and treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases. Basic science sessions will focus on new data in gut bacteria and the microbiome and therapeutic targets in osteoarthritis.

“There have been many rapid advances made over the last two to three years,” said Richard F. Loeser, Jr, MD, Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) Chair, in an interview with the ACR.2 “The time of availability to new treatments has taken off, so if you want to learn what is becoming available, this is the year to do it.” 

Additionally, conference attendees will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with leaders from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in a session titled “The NIH Strategy Plan,” focused on priorities for research funding.

This year’s ARHP Distinguished Lecturer is Catherine Backman, PhD, professor and head of the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia, and senior scientist at the Arthritis Research Canada, who will address practitioner interventions aimed at empowering patients to be more physically active.

Finally, a series of sessions focused on technology in medicine will provide rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals with the latest up-to-date information on integrating medical technology into clinical practice.

“Technology has revolutionized every field, and it’s doing the same for medicine,” said Swamy Venturupalli, MD, AMPC Tech Med lead,2 in an interview with the American College of Rheumatology. Sessions will focus on using technology to improve patient care, taking advantage of on-demand learning, and 3D printers.

ACR 2016 will begin with the popular Year in Review session on Sunday, November 13 at 7:30 AM. More information on conference sessions available at

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  1. Annual meeting continues to lead the way in all types of science. American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Daily News Live. Published September 8, 2016. Accessed November 8, 2016.
  2. 2016 Preview. American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting website. Accessed November 8, 2016. 

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