Friday, October 7, 2011

American College of Rheumatology annual conference

This year, I'll be attending the American College of Rheumatology annual conference (Nov 5-9 in Chicago) and I'm looking forward to the meeting. There are so many things happening in the world of bone disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, etc. Here's what some experts are saying:

In terms of basic research, "2011 will see the continued evolution of a systems biology approach to understanding rheumatic diseases," says Richard Loeser, MD, Chief of the Section of Molecular Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Rather than studying individual interacting components of biological systems, systems biology takes a global approach using an integrative strategy that involves techniques to observe complete sets of genes and proteins.

In 2011, "expect to see the results of further research on the effect of serotonin in the brain and periphery on bone metabolism," says Chad Deal, MD, Head of the Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease, Cleveland Clinic.

In 2011, the focus in lupus will be on "treatment, treatment, treatment," says Susan Manzi, MD, MPH, Chair, Department of Medicine, West Penn Allegheny Health System, Director Lupus Center of Excellence.

Learn more about ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting here.

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