About the 2022 Global Spondyloarthritis Summit

SAA’s Global Spondyloarthritis Summit is a one-of-a-kind educational event for the entire SpA community. Featuring 12 presentations from renowned rheumatologists and other health experts, you will gain invaluable insights on essential topics for the SpA community. Whether you are newly diagnosed or living with the disease for years, you will learn practical tips and tools to help you make informed decisions about your health and treatment options. All presentations will be accessible online at no charge.

As a global event, you will also be able to chat and connect with others worldwide. More than 2,500 of your friends and colleagues from 87 countries attended the 2021 Summit. And we are anticipating an even bigger turnout for 2022!


Day 1 - May 6

Spondyloarthritis 101

Judy Smith, MD, Ph.D.

Pediatric Rheumatologist, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Medical Management of the Spondyloarthritides

Mohamad Bittar, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Behavioral Therapy for Pain Management in Spondyloarthritis

Afton Hassett, Psy.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, Director of Clinical Pain Research, The Back & Pain Center, University of Michigan

Arthritis and Nutrition

Micah Yu, MD, MHA, MS

Board Certified Rheumatologist

Exercise: Physical Therapy and Keeping Active with SpA

Angelo Papachristos, BSc., BScPT, CAFCI, MBA

Advanced Practice Physiotherapist, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON

The Link Between Stress and Chronic Disease: Rethinking Stress Management

Lauren Smith, Ph.D.

Clinical Health Psychologist

Day 2 - May 7

Unmet Needs in Axial SpA: Research Agenda

Helena Marzo-Ortega, LMS, MRCP, PhD

Consultant Rheumatologist and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and University of Leeds, Leeds, England

Psoriatic Arthritis: Fundamentals

Philip Mease, MD, MACR

Director, Rheumatology Research, Swedish Medical Center/Providence St. Joseph Health, Clinical Professor, University of Washington

Depression & Anxiety in Spondyloarthritis: Importance, Impact & Screening

Sinead Maguire, MD

Rheumatology Specialist Registrar & Research Fellow, St. James’ Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

Intimacy and Chronic Illness

Iris Zink, NP (Nurse Practitioner)

Lansing Rheumatology

Spondylitis in Your 20s – 40s

James T. Rosenbaum, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, School of Medicine

Aging with Spondyloarthritis (AxSpA over Age 50)

Muhammad Asim Khan, MD, FRCP, MACP

Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

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 2022 Summit will remain open 24/7 for the full duration of the Summit, May 6 – 7, 2022. Afterwards, this content is typically gated for SAA Members. We are currently considering the expansion of access beyond the 2 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 2-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.