Building Bridges

Bridges bring together lands, ideas, cultures, and friends, strengthening our understanding of others and creating opportunities for growth and prosperity. These are only a few of the many reasons we have chosen to highlight “Building Bridges” as the theme of the CRA’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. It is fitting that the ASM will be held in Montreal, QC against the backdrop of the Jacques Cartier bridge, so-named in 1934 on the 400th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s voyage up the St. Lawrence River.

In addition to the Distinguished Investigator lecture that will be announced in the coming months, the 2019 ASM will feature 3 keynote addresses by internationally recognized figures including the Globe and Mail’s André Picard, myopathy expert and neuromuscular specialist Dr. Mark Roberts from Manchester, UK, and the CRA’s own Dr. Gilles Boire from Sherbrooke, QC will give the 2019 Dunlop-Dottridge Lecture.

Dr. Mark Roberts will speak about Neurology working together with Rheumatology, and myositis and its mimics. Dr. Roberts is a Consultant Neurologist at the Greater Manchester Neurosciences Unit at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, with additional clinical commitments at the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, University Hospital of South Manchester and Withington Community Hospitals. He was a research fellow to Professors Newsom-Davis and Angela Vincent at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford from 1993 to 1996 and has published widely on neuromuscular disease. In 2000 he was appointed as consultant neurologist in Manchester and commenced his private practice that same year. He has extensive experience in general neurology including epilepsy, parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders.

Professor Gilles Boire began his career with some important observations in the field of autoimmunity (antigen-antibody system linked to ribonucleoprotein Ro). These experiments led to the discovery of the anti-Sa autoantibody, specific to rheumatoid arthritis. This led him to establish in 1997 a longitudinal cohort of patients with newly established inflammatory arthritis. Dr. Boire’s work has contributed extensively to the understanding of autoimmunity, biomarkers and psychosocial determinants in clinical outcomes in recent-onset inflammatory arthritis, and secondary prevention of bone fragility fractures. He is Professor of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke, with affiliations in the Departments of Biochemistry, Immunology, and Pediatrics. The Dunlop-Dottridge Lecture was created to highlight significant career achievements in Rheumatology and we are delighted to celebrate Dr. Boire’s achievements with this honour.

André Picard, who lives in Montréal, is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. He is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer for more than 30 years. He is also the author of numerous books and has received much acclaim for his writing and for his dedication to improving healthcare. In 2010, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspaper columnist, the Canadian version of the Pulitzer PrizeMonsieur Picard will speak to the future and evolution of the Canadian health system and implications for the future of Rheumatology.


2019 CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting

  • February 27 - March 2, 2019
  • Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
    900 Rene Levesque Blvd. W
    Montreal, Quebec
    H3B 4A5