Dear Colleagues & Friends,
It is a pleasure to invite you to join us at the APLAR 2017 in Dubai.
Wide-ranging in its approach and comprehensive in scope, APLAR 2017 will present a vital scientific programme of high-level plenaries by a distinguished group of international, regional, and national experts, interactive symposia on contemporary trends as well as symposia organized by Special Interest Groups of APLAR, a review course, poster discussion and debates on hot topics.
Thus, the 2017 Conference will need the collaboration and cooperation of individuals from many rheumatologists in the Asia Pacific region and from all over the world.
The Congress will offer plenty of networking opportunities, providing you with the opportunity to meet and interact with the practitioners and clinicians, academics and scientists, nurses and allied health professionals as well as sponsors and exhibitors.
We will also take some time off from the future of rheumatology to celebrate the camaraderie of the congress with a lavish social programme, and I look forward to meeting each and every one of you in the global city and business hub at Dubai, a city known for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene.
Prof Kazuhiko Yamamoto
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is with great pleasure and anticipation that the Organizing Committee of APLAR extends a cordial invitation to attend the “19th Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress ♦ APLAR 2017” in collaboration with the Emirates Society of Rheumatology (ESR)that will be held from October 16-20, 2017 in Dubai UAE at the Dubai world Trade Center.
This Congress is a not to be missed event as it will be hosted in the Magical and Vibrant city of Dubaibrining up-to-the-minute insight and updates on the latest in the field of Rheumatology, will provide a challenging scientific program in the form of plenary lectures, scientific sessions; interactive symposiums, a huge exhibition and is expected to bring high attendance from the region with prominent speakers who will master the latest updates in Rheumatology.
This event is aimed at transforming the way we operate as Rheumatologists in the hope of continuously improving our ability to perform and meet our daily challenges in our field and excel despite setbacks. In this aim, we will all be very proud of where we are today and excited about where we are headed with our research.
In closing, we not only want to offer you a unique opportunity but would like to thank you for helping us shape the future in the field of Rheumatology.
Looking forward to seeing you in Dubai!
Dr. Waleed Al Shehhi
President of APLAR 2017 Congress
Professor Worawit Louthrenoo
Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Department Internal Medicine
Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
Prof Yoshiya Tanaka
Professor and Chairman
The First Department of Internal Medicine
School of Medicine
University of Occupational and Environmental Health
Division of Rheumatology
Immunology and Allergy
Department of Internal Medicine
Taipei Medical University Hospital
Dr Narsimulu, India
Dr V Krishnamurthy, India
Prof. Xiaofeng Zeng, China
Dr Lau Ing Soo, Malaysia
Prof. Liza Stamp, New Zealand
Prof. Tran Ngoc An, Vietnam
Dr Jose Paulo Lorenzo, Philippines
Prof. Handono Kalim, Indonesia
SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Chair: Professor Zhanguo Li, China
Vice Chair: Professor Yeong-Wook Song, Korea
Dr. Chi-Chiu Mok, Hong Kong, China
Prof. Anselm Mak, Singapore
Prof. Tatsuya Atsumi, Japan
Prof. Stephen Hall, Australia
Dr. Ved Chaturvedi, India
Prof. Md. Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh
Dr. Rong Mu, China
Dr. Nan Shen, China
Dr. Wen-Chan Tsai, Taiwan, China
Dr. Zhang, Xuan, China
Dr. Temy Mo Yin Mok, Hong Kong, China
Dr. Ramnath Misra, India
Dr. Wan-Uk Kim
Co-ordinator: Professor Fereydoun Davatchi, Iran
International Affairs Committee
Chair: Professor Lai-Shan Tam, Hong Kong, China
Since its establishment in 1963, the Annual Congress of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) has become the primary universal assembly for the exchange of the most advanced scientific and clinical information in the world of Rheumatology. APLAR has gained a great reputation for being the most innovative platform in the field transforming the way Rheumatologists operate in the hope of continuously improving their ability, know-how, competence and level of performance.
APLAR 2017 is a not to be missed event as it will be hosted in the Magical and Vibrant city of Dubai located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. Well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people known for their welcoming attitude and generosity in their approach with visitors. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from all around the world.
This year, APLAR will feature up-to-the-minute insight and updates on the latest in the field of Rheumatology, providing a challenging scientific program in the form of plenary lectures, scientific sessions; interactive symposiums and will feature a huge exhibition area showcasing the latest in the field. APLAR 2017 is expected to attract the highest attendance on an international and regional level with prominent speakers who will master the latest updates in Rheumatology offering a unique opportunity in helping practitioners shape the future in the field of Rheumatology.
APLAR was established in 1963 at Sydney. Four nations: Australia, India, Japan and New Zealand together pronounced formation of SEAPAL (South East Asia and Pacific Area League Against Rheumatism). The first Congress was held in 1968 at the renowned TajMahal Hotel on the waterfront across the Gateway of India in Bombay (India). Since then, SEAPAL grew from strength to strength with many participating nations. It is now known as the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology.
APLAR strives to propagate and consolidate Rheumatology endeavours in the Asia Pacific region. Towards this end the APLAR publishes a journal, the APLAR Journal of Rheumatology. The premier meeting organized by the APLAR every 2 years is the APLAR Congress which brings together rheumatologists, internists, orthopedic surgeons, clinical immunologists, physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, pediatricians and researchers from allied disciplines on a common platform so as to provide the best forum in the region for deliberations on all aspects of musculoskeletal diseases. APLAR is affiliated to ILAR (International League of Associations for Rheumatology).
APLAR spearheads the fight against arthritis. APLAR’s mission and goals focus on providing state of the art care to patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases through continuing professional development of members, increasing the awareness and understanding about rheumatic diseases, patient advocacy and empowerment, and fostering research in the field of rheumatic diseases.
Welcome to the world of Rheumatology in the Asia Pacific.
Venue Name: Dubai World Trade Center
Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 332 1000
The official language of the Congress will be English. All abstract submissions and presentations should be in English.
October tends to be very warm and dry, with practically no precipitation and temperatures ranging from 22°C to 35°C.
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AIRPORT AND TRANSPORTATION
The RTA or public transportation system in Dubai runs trains, buses, park and rides, and a monorail. The Dubai International Airport is not far from the main touristic sites, luxury hotels and other attractions.
The name of the currency in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is the dirham (AED or Arab Emirate Dirham – also commonly abbreviated to Dhs or DH).
VISA & ENTRY PERMIT TO UAE (Important Notice)
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Please note that all countries not listed in the link above, require rearranged visas to be permitted to enter to Dubai.
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LIABILITY AND INSURANCE
The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or indirectly arising from the 19th Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress (APLAR 2017). Participants are advised to take out their own personal health and travel insurance for their trip.
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