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Dear colleagues,

We would like to bring to your attention the below EULAR courses and educational events.

During the year of EULAR’s 70th Anniversary, we offer some special courses and a new seminar. If one or the other triggers your interest, please feel free to register and pass on the information to your fellows and colleagues. EULAR offers bursaries for most of its courses.


EULAR/ACR exchange programme for young rheumatologists

3 – 8 November 2017 in San Diego, California

Apply for a EULAR stipend, take part in an individualised institution visit, participate at a half day workshop and attend the 2017 ACR – a great opportunity for networking and making valuable contacts for your professional future.

Application deadline: 14 February 2017

EULAR Imaging course

30 March – 1 April 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

This is a new EULAR course with focus on conventional radiography, magnetic resonance (MR), computerized tomography (CT) and ultrasonography (US). Interactive learning and practical training, discussing clinical cases and images are part of this course.
Submission of images is part of the registration process. Bursaries are available.

Registration deadline: 15 February 2017

EULAR Seminar on Teaching and Learning

28 – 29 April 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

Have you heard of the EULAR “teaching style and spirit”? This course is offered to tutors, teachers and trainers interested in finding out how to engage learners more effectively. As a EULAR 70th Anniversary present, this seminar is offered free of charge including hotel and meals.

Registration deadline: 14 March 2017

EULAR Ultrasound course for Trainers in Rheumatology

10 – 11 June 2017 in Madrid, Spain

This course is geared to rheumatologists who would like to organise US courses under the auspices of EULAR. It aims at improving teaching skills for both lectures and hands-on ultrasound workshops.
It is part of the EULAR Competency Assessment system leading to Competency Certificate level 2, if the practical exam is passed successfully.

EULAR Ultrasound courses prior to EULAR Congress

NEW Paediatrics EULAR/PReS US course: 11 – 13 June 2017 in Madrid, Spain
US courses: 12 – 14 June 2017 in Madrid, Spain

Basic, intermediate and advanced levels as well as the NEW Paediatrics EULAR/PReS US course. The courses are part of the well established EULAR Competency Assessment system in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, leading to Competency Certificate level 1 after successfully passing the advanced course exam. They can also be taken individually as refresher courses. Bursaries are available.

EULAR Epidemiology course

30 June – 1 July 2017 in Berlin, Germany

This selective 2 day course is aimed at young European rheumatologists/HPR/researchers with some experience in epidemiology/outcomes research. Interactive learning and practical training with discussions and workshops will be an important part of this course. Admission is limited. Bursaries are available.

Registration deadline: 30 March 2017

Bone & Joint Action Week is our opportunity to highlight the importance of musculoskeletal health and the need to effectively prevent and manage conditions which affect it.

During this week there are dedicated days to highlight major rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions:

12 October: World Arthritis Day

16 October: World Spine Day

17 October: World Trauma Day

19 October: World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day

20 October: World Osteoporosis Day

The Bone & Joint Decade, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, gives an overarching theme for the week as well as encouraging active support of the individual days.

World Arthritis Day (WAD) – 12th October 2016


EULAR are running a campaign for WAD on ”The Future In Your Hands’, encouraging people to share their stories about how they have taken action to live their life to the fullest with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD) and support others with RMDs.

Get involved via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and join the conversation with the hashtag #WADstory.
Find out more at

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) campaign:

NASS-2015-logo-square-smallSee the NASS campaign

Follow on Twitter with @NASSexercise.


Share Your Everyday campaign

aruk-2016-new-logoKicking off on World Arthritis Day this October, Share your Everyday will run for six weeks.

Following the same format as last year, the campaign will give people with arthritis an opportunity to share their experience of living with arthritis – we want to hear how they push back the limits of arthritis to make their everyday life better.


World Spine Day – 16th October


World Spine Day is an initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, coordinated each year by the World Federation of Chiropractic.

This year the theme is “Straighten Up and Move” which accords with evidence supporting optimum care for spinal disorders and the World Health Organization’s focus on physical activity as a way to combat a range of health disorders including cardiovascular disease, obesity and, of course, musculoskeletal disorders.

For information and resources about how organisations can get involved go to

World Trauma Day – 17th October


World Trauma Day began in 2011 in New Delhi with the purpose to set a day aside to consider the impact, prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries and deaths.

World Health Organization (WHO) research has shown that at least 50 percent of road deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with effective intervention after trauma has occurred, including immediate pre-hospital care.

World Pediatric Bone & Joint Day – 19th October


World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day, developed by the multi-disciplinary Pediatric Specialty Group of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) features educational stories on important bone and joint-related conditions and their impact on children.

The USBJI Pediatric Specialty Group’s goal is to identify the primary areas of concern with regard to children’s musculoskeletal health and to develop programmes and activities through research, education and advocacy.

Share your event or the day on Facebook or via Twitter @USBJI.

The EULAR 2016 congress was held at the Excel Centre London from 8-11th June, which included the presentation of the Edgar Stene Prize to Simon Stone from the UK. You can read the 2016 prize booklet here.

EULAR have now announced that the Edgar Stene Prize 2017 coeular-nl-logo-130x70mpetition is open. It is open to people 16 years and over who are living with a Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal (RMD) disease. The prize was established in memory of the late Edgar Stene, the founder and Secretary-General of the Norwegian Rheumatism Association who also lived with Ankylosing Spondylitis.

The 2017 prize will be awarded to the winning essay on the topic:

“Time is joint – Joints over time”

 “Early diagnosis and access to care in rheumatic
and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) – the ideal world and the reality – my personal story”

For many people with RMDs it can be a long journey to receive the right diagnosis and appropriate treatment for their condition. The competition invites entrants to write about their personal experience.

How long did you wait until your diagnosis was confirmed and how did you cope with the uncertainty, pain and fear during that period? Would an early diagnosis have made a difference from how you are feeling now? Do you have access to care and optimal treatment and management of your disease? What would an ideal situation look like and what is your reality?

Essay Submission
Please submit all completed essays to Anoushka at by Friday 23rd December 2016. Each entry should not exceed 2 pages (A4), be typed in Arial 12 point font and be submitted as a Word (not Pdf) document along with information about the author including 5 or more photographs. Please see the full competition rules and the letter to member organisations with further details on the essay theme.

The overall Stene Prize winner, chosen by a EULAR jury, will be announced by 15th March 2017.

The Stene Prize winner will be awarded a prize of € 1,000 and will be invited to attend the Opening Plenary Session of the EULAR Congress in Madrid (14th June 2017).  They will be provided with travel to Madrid and hotel accommodation for up to 4 nights as well as an invitation to the Congress dinner. The runner up will be awarded €700 and the essay in third place will win €300.

UK Judging Panel
As the UK’s national member organisation of EULAR–PARE, ARMA will appoint a judging panel to decide upon the one essay we will submit on behalf of the UK. Please let us know if you would like to be part of the judging panel by emailing Anoushka at by Friday 2nd December 2016.

eular_congress-posterThe next Annual European Congress of Rheumatology – EULAR 2016 – is at the Excel Centre, London 8th-11th June 2016.

Since its introduction in 2000, the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology has become the primary platform for exchange of scientific and clinical information in Europe.

The conference’s scientific programme has now been published and the itinerary planner is now available on the website.

See for full details.

e-breakthrough magazine

The April 2016 edition of EULAR PARE’s e-breakthrough is out; click here to download it in PDF.

This issue features articles on the meeting of CEOs of PARE organisations; Finland’s engagement programme; a knowledge transfer programme between Poland, Romania and The Netherlands; and Introduction to the Standing Committee on Clinical Affairs.


Edgar Stene Prize 2016 Winner

You can now read Simon Stone’s wining UK entry for the Edgar Stene Prize 2016 at the Young PARE website The 2017 competition will be open in the summer – watch this space for details!


‘It’s in your hands, take action’

The theme of World Arthritis Day (WAD) in 2016 is ‘It’s in your hands, take action’ (continuing from 2015). EULAR is encouraging people to take action and make a difference to the quality of life for people with MSK conditions; you can share your #WADStory. 

See WAD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. See the website for full details on how to get involved in the lead up to the 12th October 2016.


NICE LTCs Consultation

Consultation on the draft Quality Standard for “Older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions” is now open on the NICE website.

The consultation is open until 5pm on Tuesday 24 May 2016. Find full details of how to submit your comments here.


eular-logo-squareThe winner of the Edgar Stene Prize 2016 has been announced, and ARMA would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Simon Stones.

Simon was chosen out of 16 entries from the UK to be put forward to the overall Europe-wide competition on the topic of Living with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD): How I take action to enjoy life to the full”.

You can read Simon’s winning essay as well as the entries awarded 2nd and 3rd prize on the EULAR PARE website.

The Edgar Stene Prize 2017 will be launched at the forthcoming EULAR congress in London, 8-11th June 2016.


EULAR PARE  have launched their World Arthritis Day 2016 campaign,” The Future In Your Hands”.

See the website for more details and download your campaign toolkit.


eular-logo-squareEULAR PARE are asking project proposals from patient organisations for their Knowledge Transfer Programme. The programme  is designed to support organisations to improve their skills by learning from the experience of other organisations in the EULAR network.

The total amount available for this programme is 15,000 EUR. Information and applications forms are available on the EULAR website, the deadline for applications is  31st December 2015.


The next EULAR congress is to be held at the ExCel, London 8th-11th June 2016. Further details will follow soon. Registration has opened on the site.

EULAR PARE has opened the Abstract Submission Process for the upcoming congress. They have produced a short guide [PDF] and slide presentation [ppt] giving advice on how to write an abstract.
You can also see their submissions page for more detailed information.

Submissions are being accepted until the 31st January 2016.


Reminder: Edgar Stene Prize 2016 is open for entries!

We are inviting entries from people aged 16 years and over living with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease to the Edgar Stene Prize 2016 on the topic of:

“Living with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease (RMD):
How I take action to enjoy life to the full”

The competition invites people to share their personal experiences and their individual coping strategies to ‘live life to the full’ despite being affected by an RMD.

Each essay should not exceed 2 pages (A4) – please see here for the detailed prize rules and the competition booklet here from the 2015 competition. 

Please submit the essays by email to  by 31st December 2015. We will put together a judging panel to choose the UK entry to submit to EULAR PARE.