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The Indian Rheumatology Association

The Professional Organization of Rheumatologists and other Health Professionals in India
APLAR | ASPIRE Education Grant - 2nd Circulation International Conference on WOMEN'S HEALTH AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES, 6th October, 2019, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India Applications/nominations for orations may be sent to the Secretary, IRA (secretary.ira@gmail.com) and Organizing Secretary of the Annual Conference by 15th August. Applications submitting dates 15th July to 15th August 2019 IRA Research Methodology workshops (for fellows and members) Maharashtra Rheumatology Conference 2019, August 3rd & 4th 2019, Nashik. myoIN Summit 2019, July 27th to 28th 2019, SGPGIMS, Lucknow. National Conference in Pediatric Rheumatology (NCPR2019) , Sept 27th to 29th 2019,Chennai. International Conference on Osteoarthritis 2019 at Karnataka, Radisson Blu Atria Hotel - Bengaluru, from August 3th to 4th, 2019 The research methodology workshop to be conducted in four parts of India for this year. For further details check out the announcements on the website APLAR invites members of IRA who are interested in contributing to APLAR SpA registry. If you are interested Please contact Prof Amita Aggarwal at aa.amita@gmail.com by June 15 IRA EC Election announced. The last date for receipt of nominations is 14th June 2019 (5 PM). Log in to IRA Members section for more details. PROPOSED CONSTITUTION & RULES OF BUSINESS of Indian College of Rheumatology Last date for The ACR/IRA International Fellows Exchange Program is 20th May. For further details check out the Fellow's corner on the website. Its a proud moment for Indian Rheumatology Association and India - as Professor VR Joshi received the APLAR MASTER Award for 2019 New edition of IRA newsletter is out MyoIN Summit 2019 on 27-28 July at SGPGI, Lucknow. To register, please mail us at myositislg@gmail.com IRA invites application for contribution to the national database : last date march 20 IRA invites expression of interest for developing an E-voting system IRACON - 2019 , at JIPMER, Puducherry, 5 - 8 December , 2019 ACR/IRA International Fellows Exchange Program applications invited IRA CME application invited : IRA is also going to conduct 6 CMEs in medical colleges in different parts of India where there have been no CMEs in the past. In addition to these, there will also be a single theme IRA mid-term CME. Interested members can mail to Secretary IRA. Volunteers for Patient Education: We are looking for volunteers to help us with our mission to improve patient education and awareness. Some of you might be good artists and can design posters on rheumatic disease that IRA can disseminate for display in outpatient clinics to increase awareness. You may also help us by making question answer format patient education booklets of 3-4 page each on different rheumatic diseases and sending it to secretary.ira@gmail.com OR president.indian.rheumatology@gmail.com

About IRA

The Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA) is the professional organization of rheumatologists and other health professionals in India.The specialty of Rheumatology deals with arthritis, autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. Rheumatologists are physicians who are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. The other health professionals who manage these diseases include internists, orthopedic surgeons, immunologists, pediatricians, and physiatrist. Allied health professionals like physiotherapist, physical and occupational therapists, rheumatology nurse etc provide ancillary support in care of patients with rheumatic diseases

IRA strives to propagate and consolidate Rheumatology endeavours in India. Towards this end the IRA publishes a quarterly journal, Indian journal of Rhuematology (IJR) and the Manual of Rheumatology, a concise text on Rheumatology authored by Indian experts.

The IRA contributes to Continuing Medical Education by way of regular scientific workshops, conferences, symposia and special interest groups.

The premier meeting organized by the IRA every year is IRACON (Annual Conference of Indian Rheumatology Association) which brings together rheumatologists,internists, orthopedic surgeons, clinical immunologists, physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, pediatricians and researchers from allied disciplines on a common platform so as to provide the best forum in the region for deliberations on all aspects of musculoskeletal diseases.

IRA spearheads the fight against arthritis in India. IRAs mission and goals focus on providing state of the art care to Indian patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases through continuing professional development of members, increasing the awareness and understanding about rheumatic diseases, patient advocacy and empowerment, and fostering research in the field of rheumatic diseases.

IRA is affiliated to APLAR (Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology) and through it to ILAR (International League of Associations for Rheumatology). The members, thus, have a global outreach.