The 16th EULAR Congress of Rheumatology is now underway, and we welcome you to the eternal city of Rome for what is sure to be a very important event in recent EULAR history.
The first EULAR conference took place in 1947, but since 2000, the EULAR Congress has been an annual tradition and has grown to become a major international event on the rheumatology calendar. I am pleased to announce that today EULAR comprises altogether 110 European societies from 45 countries, and at this congress we expect an attendance of more than 14,000 participants from almost 120 countries.
This year’s edition features a Joint Congress between EULAR and the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) – as is the case every 3 years – with an extended programme for paediatric rheumatology and various activities initiated by the PReS.
In the last 16 years, the number of participants and scientific contributions to the EULAR Congress has increased by more than 60%. In particular, 4,323 abstracts were submitted in 2015, and 82% were accepted.
The EULAR Scientific Programme provides attendees the opportunity to hear about the latest advances in rheumatology through lectures, workshops, abstracts, posters, poster tour presentations, and symposia. The poster area – in our view the heart of a modern congress – hosts more than 2,000 presentations and is accessible throughout the entire day.
In addition, major contributions to the content of the Congress from both EULAR patients (PARE; People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe) and health professionals in rheumatology should create high interest for all participants.
Prof. Maurizio Cutolo
President of EULAR
Professor of Rheumatology and Internal Medicine
Director of Research Laboratory and
Academic Division of Clinical Rheumatology
Department of Internal Medicine,
University of Genova, Italy