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The Indian Rheumatology Association

The Professional Organization of Rheumatologists and other Health Professionals in India
IRACON - 2019 , at JIPMER, Puducherry, 5 - 8 December , 2019 Applications for 2019 - APLAR Fellowship Grant, Research Grant, COPCORD Grant are now OPEN Indian Rheumatology Association fellow's retreat at CMC vellore , 20 - 22 September , 2018 The first stand-alone GRAPPA symposium and workshop along with MRI workshop on SpA at Vellore on 17, 18 August 2018 IRA Oration & Awards, last date of submitting application 15th August(15th July to 15th August 2018). All applications should be sent to Indian Journal of Rheumatology – SEEKS A NEW EDITOR IN CHIEF 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 OR 4th Indo-UK Rheumatology Summit 2018 Rheumatology Masterclasses , Calicut - Kerala 20th Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress 6-9 September 2018 | Kaohsiung, Taiwan Fifth edition of manual of rheumatology being released at IRACON - 2017 , Lucknow. The First International vasculitis symposium would be held at PGIMER, Chandigarh on 31st March and 1st April, 2018. Click here to download Voice of APLAR - October 2017 brochure Indian Rheumatology Association Conference - Lucknow, - November 30 - December 3, 2017 - Australian Rheumatology Association (ARA) 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Melbourne, Australia,

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.

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