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Preliminary Program

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Congress Abstracts

Aplar 2017 Oral Abstracts

Aplar 2017 Poster Abstracts

Pre-Congress Workshop

APLAR Pre-Congress Workshops

1. MRI Workshop

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2. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop EULAR Endorsement for Basic Level

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Official language:

Simultaneous projection slides will be presented in English.

A certificate of attendance and competency assessment will be supplied for each participant.

The registration fee includes 2 days workshop


To provide basic understanding of the principle of diagnostic ultrasound

To know about the normal ultrasound appearance of various tissues relevant to musculoskeletal MSK

To know the applications of USG in the clinical management of MSK medicine and its limitations

To acquire hands-on experience in the operation of ultrasound machine

To learn about basic positioning of patients and acquire standardized scan for various joint regions


Conduct a series of lectures

Course handout

Parallel hands-on workshop for various joint regions

Application Deadline: September 16th, 2017

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Registration Required:

After being selected by the Committee, you will be requested to register for the workshop.

The Early Bird Registration fee (Before September 1st) is USD 475 for the 2 days.  After September 1st, the Late Registration fee of USD 950 will be applied.

Please note that this course has a 40 person registration minimum and is limited to 75 registrants.

Applicants will be considered on a first come first serve basis. Up to 10 candidates will be shortlisted in the event of cancellations.

Applicants shall be evaluated by the Organizing Committee. The decision of the Organizing Committee shall be final with respect to selection of candidates for the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course.

Application Process

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  • A Short curriculum vitae
  • One recent photo
Pre-Congress Review Course

APLAR Review Course

Date: Tuesday October 17th,  2017

Time: 09:00 -16:00

Venue: Dubai World Trade Center

Fees: Pre-registrants USD $50, onsite/late registration USD $50

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APLAR review course on 2017


09.00 - 09.40


Title : To be recommended by Pf. Zhanguo Li

Speaker :


09.40 - 10.20


Title : Update In Spondyloarthrits

Speaker : Prof James Wei





10.50 - 11.30


Title : An Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Neuropsychiatric Lupus

Speaker : Dr Anselm Mak


11.30 - 12.10


Title : Osteoarthritis: a disease of the joint as an organ

Speaker : Prof Steven Goldring


12.10 - 13.10



13.10 - 13.50


Title : Genetics in Rheumatology

Speaker : Prof. Yukinori Okada


13.50 - 14.30


Title : Approach to vasculitic disorders

Speaker : Prof Ramnath Misra


14.30 - 15.00



15.00 - 15.40

 Crystal induced arthritis

Title : 

Speaker : Ed Roddy from UK



Systemic Sclerosis

Title : 

Speaker : Yusra Sulaiman

Abstract Submission

Extention of Deadline for Abtract Submission

  • All Abstracts must be submitted before  June 30th, 2017 
  • The online submission system to be closed at 24:00 hours by June 30th 2017.
  • All Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  • For More Information, kindly email

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

  1. Abstracts must be written exclusively in English.
  2. There are 2 modes of presentation: Oral and Poster presentation. The Scientific Committee will identify which abstracts will be selected for oral presentation and which abstracts will be presented as posters.
  3. Abstract must be limited to 250 words and must be concise and clear, highlighting the most relevant aspects, findings and conclusions. The word limit for the abstract title is 20.
  4. Use only standard abbreviations. Special or unusual abbreviations are not recommended. If otherwise necessary, the latter should be placed in parenthesis after the first appearance of the full word, except for unit symbols. Numeral rather than words may be used to indicate numbers.
  5. Section breaks are not mandatory.
  6. References are not required for abstract submission.
  7. Inclusion in the Congress proceedings is dependent on payment of registration fees.
  8. The abstract must contain original research material, not be published or presented at any other international congress prior to APLAR 2017. The submitted abstracts will remain property of APLAR 2017 Congress. the Scientific Committee reserves the right to publish and distribute.

Submit your Abstract

Congress Topics


Congress Topics

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

Ø  Basic Research

Ø  Clinical

  • Basic Immunology
  • Cell therapy
  • Gout
  • Human autoimmune disease genetics
  • Myositis
  • OA
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • PsA
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatology Reimagined – How  Rheumatology will Services be Delivered in 2020
  • SLE

Ø  Basic Research

Ø  Clinical

  • SSc
  • Telehealth Workshop
  • Vasculitis
  • Epidemiology 
Abstract Topics

The Scientific Committee invites all interested individuals to submit abstracts for the 19th Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress (APLAR 2017) held between October 16-20th, 2017. Individuals who have conducted extensive research in the field of Rheumatology can submit abstracts under the following topics:



Rheumatoid arthritis prognosis, predictors and outcome


Rheumatoid arthritis clinical aspects and co-morbidity


Rheumatoid arthritis anti-TNF therapy


Rheumatoid arthritis non-TNF biological therapies


Rheumatoid arthritis non biologic treatment


Systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogrens and antiphospholipid syndrome therapies


Systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogrens and antiphospholipid syndrome clinical aspects, comorbidities and complications


Spondylarthropathies clinical aspects and co-morbidity


Spondylarthropathies biological and non-biological therapies


 Psoriatic arthritis






  Metabolic bone diseases and crystal-induced diseases


 Systemic vasculitis


 Scleroderma, myositis and related syndromes


 Infection-related rheumatic diseases




 Soft tissue rheumatism


 Pediatric rheumatology


 Behcets disease and miscellaneous rheumatic conditions


 Imaging techniques and diagnosis


 Epidemiology, health care system and pharmacoeconomics


 Rehabilitation for rheumatic diseases


 Advances in pain management


 Basic Science related to Rheumatic Diseases 









 Occupational therapy


 Psychological intervention and miscellaneous forms of care


 Alternative medicine (eg. acupuncture)


 Case Report


Please contact Infomed, the congress organizers on and if you have any questions related to abstract submission.

Invited Speakers
Instructions for Poster Presenters

Instructions for Poster Presentations

All poster presentations will be scheduled in one of 5 poster sessions.

Your poster should be mounted by the start of your poster session and removed promptly at the end of your poster session time. We appreciate your cooperation in removing your poster on time and adhering to this schedule.

Participants should be present at their designated poster board(s) during session breaks during their scheduled poster session to answer any questions.

The Organizing Committee will not be responsible for posters that are not removed by the end of their assigned poster session.

Please note that the poster program will be available online only and will not be included in the printed program booklet you will receive on-site. Therefore you are requested to familiarize yourself with the poster board number and poster session time assigned to you.

Please note the following information for the preparation of your poster:

  • The dimensions of the poster should not exceed 90cm. wide x 120cm. high.


  • Please prepare your poster to fit the dimensions specified. It is recommended that posters be prepared on one sheet. Alternatively, presenters may display their material on several smaller sheets.
  • Allocate the top of the poster for the title and authors as stated on the submitted abstract.
  • The text, illustrations, etc. should be large enough to be read from a distance of two meters.
  • DO NOT write or paint on the poster boards.
  • DO NOT use nails, push pins, screws, or any tools that will puncture the poster boards.
  • Please refer to the Final Programme book that you will receive upon arrival at the Congress for the poster board number assigned to you.
  • Please use the board that displays the same number assigned to you.

If you have any further queries regarding your abstract or the Scientific Program, please contact or  

Instructions For Oral Presenters

Instructions for Oral Presentations

·         If using a PowerPoint presentation, please bring it with you on a USB Memory stick. Further instructions for uploading your presentation slides will be made available on site.

·         Assemble in your session room at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the session.

·         Ensure that you sit near the front of the room with easy access to the stage.

·         Ensure that you keep to the time allocated to you, as it will cause disruption to sessions if you run over your allotted time.


Please make sure that you check the Online Program during the Congress for any updates to your session day, time and hall.

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