Welcome to Denver and to the 2018 CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting!
Dear CARRA Conference Attendee,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to CARRA’s 14th Annual Scientific Meeting in Denver, Colorado!
The CARRA meeting is a unique opportunity for pediatric rheumatology researchers and stakeholders from around the
world to work together face to face on collaborative research projects while networking with colleagues.
Our Plenary Speakers
We have several thought provoking and dynamic plenary speakers this year, including two accomplished patient-researchers:
- Athimalaipet V. Ramanan (“Ram”) is a pediatric rheumatologist and Professor at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, UK and is the Chair of the UK Collaborative Study Group. Dr. Ramanan’s Friday morning talk is entitled “Uveitis Trials In the UK - What We Have Learned From Them. ” He will discuss the Sycamore trial of adalimumab for uveitis, and the implications of this work for pediatric rheumatology. He will also discuss new trials in development and the future of clinical trials.
- Deepak Rao, MD, PhD is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Human Immunology Center. He will present Saturday morning on the adult effort to understand RA via big data in his talk entitled, “Putting Names to Faces: Defining Pathologic Cell Functions in Rheumatic Diseases”.
- Jen Horonjeff, PhD is a JIA patient, an active participant in our JIA workgroups, and a patient representative on numerous studies, projects, committees and advisory boards, including for the Arthritis Foundation. We look forward to hearing her talk during Friday evening patient-centered plenary session on “The Win-Win of Advocacy: Empowering Patients and Families to Take Part”.
- Dana Lewis is a young adult patient with diabetes who took her disease management into her own hands and built her own artificial pancreas! She is the founder of the open source artificial pancreas system movement and a passionate advocate of patient-centered, -driven, and -designed research. Dana is also speaking during the Friday evening patient-centered plenary. You won’t want to miss her talk, entitled “#WeAreNotWaiting: Solving the Problem as a Patient”.
Other Meeting Highlights
The CARRA Poster Reception will follow the plenary session on Friday evening and is sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. The reception will showcase posters featuring CARRA members’ and collaborators’ research projects including the CARRA-AF grant recipients, as well as posters about AF resources and programs. A record 79 abstracts were accepted this year!
Saturday features the CARRA business meeting (open only to CARRA members), and the afternoon’s plenary session, which will be a panel showcasing the work of investigators who have successfully analyzed and published results using data from the CARRA Registry. Be sure to attend the CARRA dinner on Saturday evening when the winners for best abstracts will be announced, and stay for the DJ and country western line dancing instructors for some post-dinner fun!
Our closing session will be on Sunday morning, which will feature the oral abstract presentations followed by meeting reflections from a special panel of 1st time meeting attendees.
CARRA would like to extend a big thank you to the Arthritis Foundation for their ongoing partnership and support of CARRA. We are excited to continue and grow our partnership as both organizations grow and flourish.
With the continued support of our corporate meeting sponsors, including Novartis, AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Genentech, our meeting continues to expand to meet the needs of the pediatric rheumatology research community.
A special thanks from all of us goes to the 2018 Annual Meeting Planning Committee which includes Stacy Ardoin, Adam Huber, Laura Lewandowski, Jay Mehta, Laura Schanberg (Past President), Vincent Del Gaizo, and Suz Schrandt. The committee members worked countless hours planning this terrific meeting program.
I would like to extend an especially warm welcome to the pediatric residents, patient/family attendees and our other distinguished guests. You will be learning about our pediatric rheumatology research community as well as doing really vital and important work at the meeting.
Lastly, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to serve as President of CARRA over these last two years. It has been a truly rewarding experience and privilege to be able to oversee CARRA through an incredibly exciting time of growth, opportunity and productivity. I look forward to seeing CARRA’s continued progress under the leadership of Rob Fuhlbrigge as he takes over July 1 as President!
We hope you all enjoy the meeting and the Mile-High City!
Yukiko Kimura, MD
President, CARRA, Inc.