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ACR’s 2014 Annual Meeting: It’s BostON!

Annual-Meeting-LogoThe American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from Friday, November 14 to Wednesday, November 19 in Boston, Massachusetts. The ACR Annual Meeting is rheumatology’s premier scientific meeting for those involved in research or delivery of rheumatologic care or services.

The event is an opportunity for rheumatology experts from around the world to gather in one place to discuss the latest innovations in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of rheumatic diseases. There will also be presentations on the latest discoveries and research that are transforming rheumatic disease care.

The ACR Annual Meeting program outlines the following global learning objectives:

  • Identify recent developments in the diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic diseases;
  • Outline new technologies for the treatment of rheumatologic problems;
  • Describe potential challenges in the delivery of care to patients with rheumatic diseases and to specify possible solutions;
  • Utilize new research data to improve the quality of care of patients with rheumatic diseases; and 
  • Summarize recent rheumatology research findings. 

A growing body of research is exposing the role of a certain protein found in the blood of people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It’s called 14-3-3eta protein and there’s a simple blood test that measures the levels of the protein in the blood to help detect RA early, as well it determines how likely the disease will become aggressive. This knowledge is important in helping the rheumatologist (arthritis specialist) determine a course of treatment. In the spirit of the ACR Annual Meeting, which brings the combined knowledge of arthritis specialists everywhere to one location, ten studies related to this protein will be presented at the ACR event.

Representatives of Arthritis Consumer Experts will also be there so that they can share first-hand breaking news and information from the event. Join the conversation online by following the accounts below and using the event’s official hashtag #ACR14: