Dear Colleague, It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for Progress and Promise: Changing practice, changing lives, an educational Summit designed to offer rheumatologists and dermatologists a forum to explore and discuss many of the key issues facing them in their practice. The agenda has been developed to examine clinical approaches in the management of inflammatory diseases, with a focus on the practical aspects of treatment today. Through plenaries, parallel workshop and meet-the-expert sessions we aim to share insights and experiences into the optimal treatment of our patients. To help us achieve this we have a distinguished international faculty with extensive experience and a range of expertise. We hope you will be stimulated by the opportunity to attend this summit and look forward to receiving your registration of interest in joining us in Amsterdam for what promises to be a high quality and valuable educational event. Professor Maxime Dougados Professor Dr Wolfram Sterry THURSDAY 26 TH MARCH 2009 Joint Dermatology and Rheumatology Opening Ceremony Welcome address Plenary sessions • Biologics and their mode of action – understanding targeted therapies • New targets in inflammation FRIDAY 27 TH MARCH 2009 Dermatology programme Dermatology opening ceremony Plenary sessions • Psoriatic disease – where are we now? • The efficacy and safety of biologics in psoriasis • More than skin deep – managing the patient with moderate-to-severe psoriasis • Childhood psoriasis – changing practice, changing lives • Long-term follow-up of biologics: The usefulness of registry data Parallel sessions to include: • Determining and measuring disease and patient quality of life • Clinical decision making: management algorithms, what to do and when • Getting familiar with biologics – practical considerations in the day-to-day use of biologics • Managing infection – monitoring for TB • Managing the at-risk patient • Psychosocial consequences of psoriatic disease • Long-term safety with biologics • Managing childhood psoriasis Meet-the-experts • Several meet-the-expert sessions have been incorporated into the programme. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend multiple sessions.
FRIDAY 27 TH MARCH 2009 Rheumatology programme Rheumatology opening ceremony Plenary sessions • Current and new targets and patient monitoring in RA management • New standards in early RA • The importance of patient reported outcomes and work as targets in RA • Optimising management for AS • Clinical results in AS • Long-term follow up of biologic usage and the usefulness of registries Parallel sessions to include: • Early and accurate diagnosis and the “early RA” clinic • Interpreting radiographs • Safety considerations using biologics • Managing for life events • Optimising use of DMARDs • Value in RA Management • METEOR - measuring patient outcomes • Ankylosing spondolytis • Using ultrasound Meet-the-experts • Several meet-the-expert sessions have been incorporated into the programme. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend multiple sessions. SATURDAY 28 TH MARCH 2009 Joint Speciality Programme for Dermatology and Rheumatology Plenary sessions • Exploring biomarkers in inflammatory disease • Clinical perspectives in the management of psoriatic arthritis • Optimising treatment strategies for psoriatic arthritis • Using evidence to change policy • Changing practice, changing lives: What have we learned and how does this impact the patient journey?