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 projects@arma.uk.net 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 projects@arma.uk.net by Friday 2nd December 2016.

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