Caribbean Rheumatology Virtual Conference 2021

We are excited to present CAR 2021 in a new and necessary format- our first Virtual Conference!

May 14th - 15th, 2021


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We are excited to present CAR 2021 in a new and necessary format- our first Virtual Conference!

This has been a challenging year for us all and we look forward to meeting our old friends and colleagues and to welcoming new ones as we extend our reach. This year there will be an array of local, regional and international faculty covering a diverse range of topics of particular importance and relevance to the times in which we live and must thrive.

About the Caribbean Association for Rheumatology

The Caribbean Association for Rheumatology is an organization of physicians that aims to advance rheumatology through education, research and advocacy and aims to foster excellence in the care of people with arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. Our particular emphasis relates to the unmet needs of people of African-origin and ethnic minorities.

Meeting description

This meeting will take place on the afternoon of Friday May 14 th and the morning of Saturday May 15 th . Lectures will cover topics related to the impact of COVID-19 as well as updates on the diagnosis and management of various rheumatic diseases and interesting case presentations. It is designed to facilitate much discussion and interaction.

Target audience

This meeting is intended for all health professionals, educators and researchers, and others interested in rheumatologic disease.


The meeting is accredited by the Barbados Medical Council





Friday, 14 May

Annual Rheumatology Meeting 2021
1:00 - 2:00 pm

CAR General Meeting (Cameras on please)



Pulse of the Region
2:15 - 2:30 pm

Introductory remarks

Cindy Flower


2:30 - 3:00 pm

SLE in the Caribbean - what’s next

Amanda King

Saint Lucia

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Psoriatic arthritis in Trinidad

Haramnauth Dyaanand

Trinidad and Tobago

3:30 - 4:00 pm

Managing RA in the Caribbean Challenges and opportunities

Cindy Flower


4:00 - 4:30 pm

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

Rebecca Manno

U.S. Virgin Islands

4:30 - 4:45 pm

Interactive break (think, pair, share)



Emerging Concepts in Rheumatology
4:45 - 5:15 pm

COVID and Rheumatology – Global perspectives

Philip Robinson


5:15 - 5:45 pm

Vaccines in Rheumatic Disease - An update

Raj Carmona


5:45 - 6:15 pm

Telehealth in Rheumatology

Steuart Richards

United States

6:15 - 6:45 pm

COVID experience in the Caribbean

Local CAR Group


6:45 - 7:00 pm

CAR Social



Saturday, 15 May

Rheumatology In Action
9:00 - 9:30 am

Systemic sclerosis in black patients

Virginia Steen

United States

9:30 - 10:00 am

Systemic Sclerosis cases

Internal medicine residents QEH


10:00 - 10:15 am

Interactive break – meet our sponsors



10:15 - 10:45 am

Update on SLEN diagnosis and management

Mary Anne Dooley

United States

10:45 - 11:15 am

Case presentation-SLEN

Keisha Davis-King

Trinidad and Tobago

11:15 - 11:30 am

Interactive break – meet our sponsors



11:30 - 12:15 pm

Eon Harris lecture Rheumatic disease in pregnancy

Megan Clowse

United States

12:15 - 12:45 pm

Rheumatic disease in pregnancy Q&A

Discusssion CAR Group


12:45 - 1:00 pm

Wrap-Up and Next Steps

Cindy Flower


1:00 - 2:00 pm

CAR GENERAL MEETING (Cameras on please)



Patient Seminar on Rheumatoid Arthritis
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Understanding RA - cause, diagnosis, complications

Dr. Ryan Massay


2:00 - 3:30 pm

Understanding RA treatment - DMARDs & Biologics

Dr. Gwenesta Melton


2:00 - 3:30 pm

Question and Answer session

RA panel


Eon Nigel Harris Lecture

Dr. Megan Clowse

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 Nigel Harris lecture on Rheumatic Diseases in Pregnancy.

Eon Nigel Harris

Professor Eon Nigel Harris served as Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) from October 1, 2004 to April 30, 2015 and on his retirement was named Vice Chancellor Emeritus. A Guyanese by birth, Professor Harris now serves as Chancellor of the University of Guyana. Professor Harris graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University, with a degree in Chemistry and proceeded on a fellowship to Yale University, where he received a Master of Philosophy degree in Biochemistry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, completing this within three years and again graduating with Honors. He then returned to the Caribbean where he completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of the West Indies at Mona and was awarded the post‐graduate degree, Doctor of Medicine (DM). He is internationally known for his work as a Rheumatologist. With Doctors Aziz Gharavi and Graham Hughes in London, he helped to define a disorder which they called the Antiphospholipid Syndrome and devised a diagnostic test (the anticardiolipin test) for it. For this work he shared with Dr Graham Hughes, Dr Aziz Gharavi and others, the Ceiba‐Geigy Prize. Over 150 papers, editorials, reviews and chapters on this subject have been published by Professor Harris. He joined the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1987 and by 1993 became Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology. There he launched the Antiphospholipid Standardization Laboratory which leads worldwide efforts in standardization of the anticardiolipin test and distributing these standards to over 500 laboratories worldwide. He was one of the initial organizers of a series of International Conferences on Antiphospholipid Antibodies, beginning in 1984 and held every two years since in Europe, Jamaica, the USA and Japan. The EN Harris lecture is an annual lecture established in 2018 to honor this esteemed Caribbean physician who is the first elected Fellow of the Caribbean Association for Rheumatology.




Member Registration

Conference registration is free with membership.
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Non-Member Registration

USD $150





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

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