The work of the Seventh International Scientific Conference, organized by the Saudi Society of Rheumatology, kicked off today, Thursday, 27-29 May in Jeddah at the Hilton Hotel under the patronage of the Governor of Makkah Al-Mukarramah Region and Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Khalid Al-Faisal.
The conference won 23 scientific hours accredited by the Saudi Commission for Medical Specialties, with the participation of a group of doctors from outside and inside the Kingdom on rheumatology for adults and children, and the participation of seventy-eight speakers, including eleven international speakers.
The head of the scientific sessions of the conference, Professor Suleiman Al-Mayouf, Consultant Pediatric Rheumatology and Head of the Pediatric Rheumatology Department at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, stated that the conference is attended by a group of doctors from inside and outside the Kingdom in various scientific lectures focused on rheumatology for adults and children, and includes 78 speakers, 11 international speakers, 67 research abstracts are discussed, including 29 research papers from trainees.
The President of the Seventh Conference and President of the Saudi Society of Rheumatology, Dr. Hanan Al-Rayes, explained that rheumatology includes adults, and it is accompanied by a live broadcast for registrants via Zoom, a symposium on pediatric rheumatology, a symposium for family medicine physicians, in addition to 12 workshops, most notably: Lupus Nephritis Diseases and Tissue Disease Retinopathy associated with fibrosing lung infections (ILD), the Saudi Research Network for Spine Infections (SpA), discussion of difficult cases in systemic lupus erythematosus, clinical evaluation of scleroderma patient, examination of the locomotor system, Saudi Network for Rheumatoid Arthritis Research, ultrasound of the skeleton of the wrist and hand and imaging Magnetic resonance imaging for inflammatory sclerotic diseases.
It is noteworthy that the general program of the conference includes workshops on pediatric rheumatic diseases over a period of two days, and the latest developments in pediatric rheumatic diseases, including lupus, arthritis in children and vasculitis, will be presented, as well as reviewing national experiences and comparing them with their international counterparts.
A special symposium will be held for primary care physicians and family physicians on the latest developments in the diagnosis of rheumatic diseases and the importance of early referral to a rheumatologist.