President's Message

After APLAR 2016 in Shanghai, I succeeded to the post of Prof. Kevin Pile and have become the President of APLAR for these 2 years. We have recently celebrated 50th anniversary of APLAR and now realize that APLAR has been growing tremendously. However, it is also important to understand the heterogeneity of several aspects of rheumatology in APLAR. Medical environments in our region are diverse. In fact, we have different histories, ethnics, religions and social systems in the region of APLAR. Nevertheless, we believe that rheumatology of our APLAR region are now definitely expanding. The scientific meeting of APLAR has been held every year. In this regard, we should admit that each annual scientific meeting has been rather independently organized by each national organizing committee. These meetings were indeed very successful. On the other hand, it has not been easy to create our sustainable scientific interactions among rheumatologists from various APLAR countries in several fields of rheumatology.

 

Based on these situations, APLAR executive committee has started to improve our system. For example, we decided to establish Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The fields of the initial SIGs are SLE, RA, OA, vasculitis, SpA and Genetics. However, we do not limit the fields. If the initial SIGs work well, we would like to expand the fields. APLAR Young Rheumatologists (AYR) Ambassadors are also working. We also started to nominate Center of Excellence in 2016. The initial five centers are not only the excellent ones and several other centers will be nominated soon every year. These centers will serve as the cores to facilitate science of rheumatology, skills of rheumatology and communication hubs of rheumatology in our APLAR regions. A new launched web magazine “ VOA ( voice of APLAR)”  would become one of important tools for mutual communication.

 

Together with these new activities, Community Oriented Program for Control of Rheumatic Diseases (COPCORD) launched by WHO – ILAR (International League of Associations for Rheumatology) is one of important programs in our region. Continuous educational activities for young rheumatologists or even usual physicians are also important in several countries

 

Our executive committee of APLAR together with several committees will do our best to manage and encourage the activities of APLAR.

After APLAR 2016 in Shanghai, I succeeded to the post of Prof. Kevin Pile and have become the president of APLAR for these 2 years. We have recently celebrated 50th anniversary of APLAR and now realize that APLAR has been growing tremendously. However, it is also important to understand the heterogeneity of several aspects of rheumatology in APLAR. Medical environments in our region are diverse. In fact, we have different histories, ethnics, religions and social systems in the region of APLAR. Nevertheless, we believe that rheumatology of our APLAR region are now definitely expanding. The scientific meeting of APLAR has been held every year. In this regard, we should admit that each annual scientific meeting has been rather independently organized by each national organizing committee. These meetings were indeed very successful. On the other hand, it has not been easy to create our sustainable scientific interactions among rheumatologists from various APLAR countries in several fields of rheumatology.

 

Based on these situations, APLAR executive committee has started to improve our system. For example, we decided to establish Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The fields of the initial SIGs are SLE, RA, OA, vasculitis, SpA and Genetics. However, we do not limit the fields. If the initial SIGs work well, we would like to expand the fields. APLAR Young Rheumatologists (AYR) Ambassadors are also working. We also started to nominate Center of Excellence in 2016. The initial five centers are not only the excellent ones and several other centers will be nominated soon every year. These centers will serve as the cores to facilitate science of rheumatology, skills of rheumatology and communication hubs of rheumatology in our APLAR regions. A new launched web magazine “ VOA ( voice of APLAR)”  would become one of important tools for mutual communication.

 

Together with these new activities, Community Oriented Program for Control of Rheumatic Diseases (COPCORD) launched by WHO – ILAR (International League of Associations for Rheumatology) is one of important programs in our region. Continuous educational activities for young rheumatologists or even usual physicians are also important in several countries

 

Our executive committee of APLAR together with several committees will do our best to manage and encourage the activities of APLAR.