The Clinical and Translational Research Track at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting will shine the spotlight on precision medicine and the microbiome this year.
“This research has exploded recently into a lot of different rheumatologic disease areas and is going to be translated into clinical practice,” said 2019 Annual Meeting Planning Committee Member Diane Kamen, MD, MSCR, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Kamen highlighted some sessions that should be of interest to those seeking the latest clinical and translational research information in a number of hot topic areas.
- Biomarkers, Precision Medicine & Machine Learning (9:00 AM, Tuesday, Nov. 12) — “This will be a nice session for bridging some of the latest and greatest research discoveries with how they will impact our patients in the clinic,” said Dr. Kamen.
- Gut Check: Microbiome in SLE, RA & OA (4:30 PM, Monday, Nov. 11) — “We’ll have speakers covering a broad range of inflammatory conditions where the microbiome is thought to play a major role in both causing and modulating disease activity,” she said. “This is such a growing area of research and, and there’s always new findings.”
- Optimizing Outcomes in Psoriatic Arthritis: A Domain-based Strategy (1:00 PM, Tuesday, November 12) — Recent clinical trials have shown that some agents are more effective for specific domains (skin and nails, peripheral arthritis, axial disease, enthesitis, and dactylitis) than others, providing unique opportunities to tailor therapies for psoriatic arthritis based on domain phenotypes. This session will explore the pathophysiologic pathways underlying specific domain involvement, discuss key outcome measures to comprehensively assess domain response and reveal domain-based treatment strategies that can optimize therapeutic responses.
- Thieves Market: Show Me Your Best Cases (4:30 PM, Monday, Nov. 11) — Dr. Kamen noted this always popular session features interesting clinical cases relevant to rheumatology. The interactive session provides the opportunity for attendees to compare their diagnostic and management strategies with presenters and their peers. A pediatric-focused session will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12.