2021 Global Spondyloarthritis Summit
May 6 to 8 May 2021 - 09:00 PDT

About the 2021 Global Spondyloarthritis Summit

The 2021 Global Spondyloarthritis Summit is the Spondylitis Association of America’s 3-day virtual event focused on addressing some of the most important topics impacting the spondyloarthritis community today. Now in its third year, this free educational program provides attendees the opportunity to hear from some of the most renowned rheumatologists, researchers, and other healthcare professionals as they discuss the latest treatment options, case studies, research, and recommendations for people impacted by spondyloarthritis. Free access to Summit presentations begins at 9 am Pacific on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Speakers


Atul Deodhar

MD, MRCP

Andreas Iacovou

MBA

Andrew Lui

DPT, CSCS

Tiffany Fraser

Certified Yoga Teacher

Steve Lee

DO, FACR

Lianne Gensler

MD

Lewis Nemes

PhD

Shashank Akerkar

MD, FACR

Jean Liew

MD, MS

Olivia Lee

MD

Mechiel Korte, PhD

Agenda

Day 1 - May 6, 2021

  9 am Pacific

Axial Spondyloarthritis: An Immune-Mediated Cause of Back Pain

Atul Deodhar, MD, MRCP

Rheumatologist, Professor of Medicine, and Medical Director of Rheumatology Clinics at the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon 

  10 am Pacific

Peripheral Spondyloarthritis Including Subtypes PsA and EnA

Atul Deodhar, MD, MRCP

Rheumatologist, Professor of Medicine, and Medical Director of Rheumatology Clinics at the Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon

  11 am Pacific

Medications for Spondyloarthropathy: What’s Working, and What’s On the Horizon?

Shashank Akerkar, MD, FACR

Consultant Rheumatologist, Mumbai Arthritic Clinic, Mumbai, India, Founder StandForAS Foundation 

  12 pm – 1pm Pacific

Break: Exhibit Hall & Social Lounge

  1 pm – 1:45 pm Pacific

Live Magic Show

  2 pm Pacific

COVID-19 and Rheumatology

Jean Liew, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Day 2 - MAY 7, 2021

  9 am Pacific

Complications in Spondyloarthritis

Lianne Gensler, MD

Rheumatologist, Director of the UC San Francisco Ankylosing Spondylitis Clinic 

  10 am Pacific

Emotional Impact of Living with SpA

Lewis Nemes, PhD

Licensed Psychologist in private practice for almost 30 years with sub-specialties in chronic pain
management, human sexuality, and where these two areas converge

  11 am Pacific

Uveitis in Patients with Spondyloarthritis

Olivia Lee, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, UC Irvine

  12 pm Pacific

Break: Exhibit Hall & Social Lounge

  1 pm Pacific

Virtual Jazz Hour

  2 pm Pacific

Spondylitis & Fatigue

Mechiel Korte, PhD

Neuroscientist, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Utrecht University (UU), The Netherlands & Guest Professor of Biopsychology, Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Germany

Day 3 - MAY 8, 2021

  9 am Pacific

Spondyloarthritis: Integrative Approaches including Diet

Steve Lee, DO, FACR

Rheumatologist-Southern California Permanente Medical Group/Faculty at Western University, Loma Linda University, and UC Riverside Schools of Medicine

  10 am Pacific

Aquatic Exercise & Spondylitis

Andreas Iacovou, MBA

Aquatic and Swimming Trainer/Instructor, Aquatic Director at the Iacovou Swimming Centre Aquatic Director at the Iacovou Swimming Centre in Limassol, Cyprus

  11 am Pacific

FAQs About Exercise for People with Spondyloarthritis

Andrew Lui DPT, CSCS

Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of California, San Francisco 

  12 pm – 1pm Pacific

Break: Exhibit Hall & Social Lounge

  1 pm Pacific

Exercise: Yoga for People with Spondyloarthritis

Tiffany Fraser

Certified Yoga Teacher

About the Spondylitis Association of America

Since our founding in 1983, the Spondylitis Association of America has been the leading national nonprofit providing educational resources, connections, and the critical emotional support that people living with spondylitis need. SAA is committed to increasing awareness of spondylitis, providing information and support to patients and their families, and funding research to ultimately uncover a cure for the disease.

SAA has a wealth of information, educational materials, and resources for medical practitioners, the newly diagnosed, people who are seeking a proper diagnosis, and people who have already been diagnosed and living with the disease. Learn more about us at spondylitis.org

Frequently Asked Questions

This event is for anyone impacted by spondyloarthritis, whether it is you or someone you love who is living with the disease. It is also for healthcare providers or other practitioners who may want to increase their knowledge on the current research and latest findings surrounding spondyloarthritis. Please note that we do not offer CE credits.
We are featuring 12 International Experts who will share their insights. For a full list of speakers and topics, please review our agenda for the session titles and release dates.
There is no charge to register or watch during the 3-day event thanks to generous support from our sponsors and educational grants.
All video presentations for the 2021 Summit will remain open 24/7 for the full duration of the Summit, May 6 – 8, 2021. Afterwards, this content is typically gated for SAA Members. We are currently considering the expansion of access beyond the 3 days.
To make the presentations more accessible for our international audience, we are offering subtitles in several languages. Just click CC (Closed Captions) on your video player and see if your language is available.
You can Live Chat with other participants throughout the 3-day event. If a speaker offers a Q&A, we will notify attendees in advance of times and availability.
No, you do not need to download or install any special software to participate. All you need is access to the internet on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
Click the Register button on the Home Page and complete the form. You will receive an email confirmation. Please check your Junk folder if you don’t receive a confirmation within 5 minutes
Absolutely. Share the URL for this event and instruct them to register.
Click the Login button on the Home Page. Enter the email address that you used to register. No password is required.
Email technical support at spondyloarthritissummit@getvfairs.io This is only for trouble-shooting technical issues during the summit such as logging in or playback of the videos. Please do not submit questions regarding your SAA membership or any other questions regarding session topics to this email address. They will not be answered.
Yes. Our virtual event allows you to collect materials such as flyers and other handouts. You can add all the available documents to your Virtual Bag in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues by simply entering their email.
Send an email to info@spondylitis.org and we will try to address it as soon as possible.

This event is supported in part by the following sponsors

Partnership

Educational Grant

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