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ORA 19th Annual Meeting

We are excited to share an update on the 19th ORA Annual Meeting that takes place April 17-19, 2020 at the Kingbridge Conference Centre.

The theme of next year’s meeting is The Evolution of Understanding and Treatment in Rheumatic Diseases:  From Pathophysiology to Guidelines.

To follow the success of our recent meeting, Dr. Janet Pope has worked hard to confirm an EXCEPTIONAL LINE-UP OF SPEAKERS!


  • Dr. Josef Smolen: Director, EULAR Research Centre Database, Professor of Internal Medicine and Chairman of the Division of Rheumatology, University of Vienna.
  • Dr. Maya Buch: Associate Professor & Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, University of Leeds with a speciality research interest in the pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Dr. Michelle Petri: Director, Hopkins Lupus Centre. Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Dr. Jeff Curtis: Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Dr. Chris Ritchlin: Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Rochester, New York.

Our Very Own:

  • Dr. Lillian Barra: Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Barra will present on vasculitis.
  • Dr. Jason Lee: University of Western Ontario, Rheumatology and Clinical Pharmacology, PhD candidate.
  • Dr. Robert Inman: Director, Spondylitis Program, University Health Network.
  • Dr. Shahin Jamal: Rheumatologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia; Director of the Can-RIO (Canadian Research Group of Rheumatology in Immuno-Oncology).
  • Dr. Kim Papp: Dermatologist, Probity Medical Research, Waterloo.
  • Dr. Bob Bell: Orthopaedic Surgeon, Clinician-Scientist and Educator, Former Deputy Minister of Health & Long-Term Care, Former UHN CEO
The ORA scientific steering committee is developing an interesting range of meeting topics including:
  • RA Guidelines
  • Pathogenesis and Early Treatment
  • PsA Updates Including Guidelines
  • AS/SpA Insights
  • Understanding the Largest Organ (Skin) and How it Applies to Rheumatology
  • Update on Big Data, Vaccinations, SLE, Vasculitis, Personalized Medicine, Check point inhibitors, and so much more!
Stay tuned for more updates, and remember to reserve April 17-19, 2020 in your calendars!


Apr 17, 2020
April 17, 2020
April 19, 2020
The Kingbridge Conference Centre
12750 Jane St
King City, ON L7B 1A3 Canada
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