Christ Church - Barbados
Caribbean Rheumatology Conference 2020
May 14th - 16th, 2020


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Barbados has a rich tradition of medical education and research through the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre and a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Barbados has a flagship NGO- the Hope Foundation which is committed to representing patients with lupus, arthritis and the lesser known chronic rheumatic diseases. Barbados hosts diverse medical conferences with local, regional and international faculty.

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This 2-day conference features clinical and basic science updates of relevance to medical personnel involved in the diagnosis and management of rheumatic diseases and their complications. Because rheumatic diseases are systemic and their complications potentially involve every system in the body, the conference is relevant to many physicians. The conference promises to be interactive with question and answer sessions to allow participants to deepen their understanding of rheumatic diseases.

Presenting faculty hail from the Caribbean and the USA.  An informative hands-on ultrasound workshop is being taught by the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group.


This hotel is located on the south coast of Barbados in Rockley, Christ Church. It is 7 miles from the Grantley Adams international airport and 3 miles from the capital, Bridgetown.

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Important Notice!

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Thursday, 14 May

9:00 - 10:00 am

Annual General Meeting



10:30 - 12:30 pm

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop Part 1 Case-based presentations

Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group General Audience


12:30 - 1:00 pm




1:00 - 4:00 pm

Musculoskeltal Ultrasound Workshop Part 2 Hands-on cases

Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group | Registered USS course attendees


6:30 - 8:30 pm

Welcome reception Opening lecture: Medical Marijuana and The Rheumatic diseases



Friday, 15 May

Annual Rheumatology Meeting 2020
Emerging Concepts in Rheumatology
8:45 - 9:00 am

Welcome and Introductory remarks



9:00 - 9:30 am

What’s new in clinical rheumatology –including emerging therapies

Nina Ramessar

Trinidad and Tobago

9:30 - 10:00 am

Update JAK inhibition in rheumatic disease

Speaker TBA


10:00 - 10:30 am

Update on large vessel vasculitis and the role of IL-6 inhibition

Rebecca Manno - Johns Hopkins

United States

10:30 - 10:45 am

Coffee Break



10:45 - 11:15 am

Update on SLEN diagnosis and management

Mary Anne Dooley

United States

11:15 - 11:45 am

SLE emerging therapies and stem cell transplant

Gary Gilkeson

United States

11:45 - 12:15 pm

SLE in the Caribbean- what’s next?

Amanda King

Saint Lucia

12:15 - 1:30 am




Regional research session
1:30 - 2:00 pm

Evaluation of vaccination by patients with autoimmune diseases and their general practitioners

Christophe Deligny


2:00 - 2:30 pm

Psoriatic arthritis in Trinidad

Haramnauth Dyaanand

Trinidad and Tobago

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Managing RA in the Caribbean Challenges and opportunities

Cindy Flower


3:00 - 3:15 pm

Coffee Break



3:15 - 3:45 pm

Telehealth in Rheumatology

Steuart Richards

United States

3:45 - 4:15 pm

Osteoarthritis- a contemporary look at the world’s oldest disease

Tamara Nancoo


4:15 - 4:45 pm

Local instructive cases (adult and pediatrics)

CAR group


7:00 - 9:00 pm




Saturday, 16 May

Annual Rheumatology Meeting 2020
9:00 - 9:45 am

Eon Harris lecture Rheumatic disease in pregnancy

Megan Clowse - Duke University

United States

9:45 - 10:15 am

Raynaud’s syndrome – surgical perspective with case presentation

Ayana Crichlow


10:15 - 10:30 am

Coffee Break



10:30 - 11:00 am

Systemic sclerosis in black patients

Virginia Steen - Georgetown University,

United States

11:00 - 12:30 pm

Systemic Sclerosis cases

Internal medicine residents Queen Elizabeth hospital


Dr. Megan Clowse
Key Speaker

Dr. Megan Clowse is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology and Immunology at Duke University in the United States. Her clinical research focuses on the management of rheumatologic diseases in pregnancy. She has cared for over 600 pregnancies in women with rheumatic diseases, collecting information for what is now called the Maternal Autoimmune Disease Research Alliance registry and repository. She will deliver the Professor Eon Harris lecture on rheumatic diseases in pregnancy.

Professor Virginia Steen
Key Speaker

Professor Virginia Steen of Georgetown University is internationally recognized for her research in scleroderma. Dr. Steen, who has a very distinguished career, has been at Georgetown University for 22 years and is the current director of the Rheumatology Fellowship program. She is a Master of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and has received numerous awards, including a Life - time Achievement Award for Scleroderma. Professor Steen will lecture on scleroderma and lend her expertise to a clinical session with scleroderma patients.

Dr. Mary Anne Dooley
Key Speaker

Dr. Mary Anne Dooley is an internationally recognized expert and has been a vital contributor to, and leader in, many national and international lupus initiatives, including the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC) and the Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium. Dr. Dooley has taught countless medical students, residents, and Rheumatology and Nephrology fellows, and cared for hundreds on patients with SLE. Dr. Dooley and her research team have led many clinical trials to find better and more advanced treatment options for autoimmune conditions, particularly for lupus and lupus nephritis.

Gary S. Gilkeson
Key Speaker

Gary S. Gilkeson is a Distinguished University Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gilkeson is a Chair Emeritus of the lupus Foundation of America and in 2018, he was awarded the American College of Rheumatology's (ACR) Master's Designation, its highest honor. Dr. Gilkeson’s academic focus and research interests include ethnic and sex disparities in Lupus and the use of mesenchymal stem cells as therapy in autoimmune diseases. He will discuss emerging therapies for lupus including stem cell transplant.

International Sponsors

Application Form


CAR Fellow


Retired CAR Member

USD $100

CAR Member

USD $175


USD $325

Other Health Professional

USD $150

Ultrasound Course

USD $100

Annual Membership Fee

USD $100





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Caribbean Association for Rheumatology
Bay Medical Centre
P.O. Box GM712
Castries | Saint Lucia

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