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ARISE with APLAR Partnership Program Drives International Collaboration

The ARISE (Asia Pacific Rheumatology Intensive Scientific Education) with APLAR program, an ongoing medical education partnership between APLAR and Janssen Asia Pacific, has successfully piloted its first global collaboration between rheumatologists from the UK and China.

In August 2014, a dozen of China’s leading rheumatologists met with experts from the University of Glasgow’s internationally renowned Institute of Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation in Glasgow, Scotland to explore long-term collaboration and clinical exchange.

The week-long ARISE with APLAR: Global Partnership for Excellence in Rheumatology program focused on the sharing of best practice, including medical and strategic approaches to the management of rheumatologic diseases and perspectives on clinic and research management at the institutional level. A key point of discussion was the opportunity to create Centers of Excellence (COE) for rheumatology in China.

Prof. Iain McInness, Director of the Institute, Dr. Stefan Siebert, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology, and other faculty members from the University of Glasgow provided insights and learnings from the establishment of their Rheumatology Center of Excellence, with its focus on external collaboration and a patient-centric approach. 

Other topics of discussion over the week included:

  • How polyomics, a new approach to basic science, might change clinical practice with stratified medicine that brings the right treatment to the right patient at the right time
  • Specialized Psoriatic Arthritis clinics for a better patient management, including multidisciplinary clinics for difficult to treat patients
  • How a patient-centric approach with an early Rheumatoid Arthritis clinic and treat-to-target management strategy can significantly help patients to achieve remission
  • How to generate valuable clinical data within a clinical research center and how to analyze it for regulatory and publication purposes

As part of the interactive program, delegates had the opportunity to experience the Center of Excellence at work including seeing patients and engaging in hands-on demonstrations of advanced technologies, such as ultrasound in sensitive diagnosis and disease activity monitoring.

Another highlight was the opportunity to observe the efficient and central role played by specialized nurses in a multidisciplinary clinic in the rheumatology day ward, including managing patient flow, basic monitoring and first-handpatient education.

Feedback from delegates was highly positive, with the opportunity for in-depth experience sharing, development of new friendships and the promise of future collaboration as the most valued outcomes.  

Over the next six months, a series of web conferences are planned to provide ongoing support to delegates as they look to implement some of their learnings and maintainongoing collaboration.

Following the successful pilot, the Global Partnership for Excellence in Rheumatology program will be held again in 2015 and expanded to include rheumatologists from across the Asia Pacific region.

More information will be provided in due course.