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2018 CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting

JW Marriott parq Vancouver & the DOUGLAS
Vancouver, British Columbia
February 21-24, 2018

Note: Closed to new submissions.

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Call for Abstracts

Attendees at the 2018 Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) Annual Meeting are invited to submit abstracts for presentation during the meeting.  We encourage you to submit abstracts relating to original research, systematic reviews or meta-analyses. Case reports or case series are acceptable. Project proposals without data or results will not be accepted. Abstracts may be presented at one meeting prior to the CRA ASM but data cannot be published before the CRA ASM. Abstracts cannot be submitted on data that has already been accepted for publication as a manuscript (publication in abstract form from a conference presentation is acceptable).

  • During the on-line submission process, you will be asked to enter the first author, the first author’s contact information, and the names and e-mail addresses of all co-authors (as well as the email of an optional additional correspondent, i.e. Submitter).
  • Please ensure the e-mail address of the corresponding author is accurate, as this will be the sole method of communication regarding acceptance.
  • There is a limit of 400 words for each abstract. This does not include abstract title and author names. Longer submissions will be cut off at the word limit.
  • All submissions must be input (typed or copied) into the correct fields (Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusion).  There is no uploading of abstract files.
  • No tables or graphs will be accepted.
  • Each page of the submission process is automatically saved.
  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation for each submission.

Submission Process

  • The submission deadline is October 16, 2017 at 23:59 PDT. Abstracts will not be accepted after the deadline.
  • Abstract submissions can be updated until the deadline.  Updates will not be allowed after the deadline and will not be printed in The Journal of Rheumatology, including title changes.
  • The most up-to-date data can be presented at the CRA ASM. 
  • Names can be added or removed from an abstract after submission as long as there is a good reason. e.g. if adding names will allow an author to be present at the conference to present the poster.
  • Abstract submissions will not be complete, nor will the abstract be reviewed until payment is made.  Abstracts must be paid by the deadline (online payment is available once abstract has been finalized).
  • The following non-refundable fees will be charged: $30.00 (plus HST) for investigator-initiated abstracts and $100.00 (plus HST) for industry-initiated abstracts.
  • Only online abstract submissions will be accepted.
  • There are 2 categories of submissions: investigator-initiated abstracts and industry-initiated abstracts.


  • An author submitting an abstract or case report MUST be prepared to present their work at the meeting in person or to send a co-author to do so otherwise the poster will not be presented and the abstract will not be published in The Journal of Rheumatology. The presenting author must be an author listed on the abstract. 
  • There will be two poster sessions at the 2018 meeting.  The presenting author will be notified of the date and time of the poster session via email (see Timeline for dates).  Please ensure you make your travel arrangements to be able to attend the poster session to which you have been assigned.
  • The First Author and Presenting Author of Industry-initiated abstracts must be one of the following:
    1. Non-industry based
    2. A CRA corporate sponsor or exhibitor (must adhere to the Industry Representative restrictions outlined in the CRA Industry Guidelines)
  • The CMA Policy specifies that generic, rather than trade names, should be used, wherever possible.
  • An acceptance/rejection will be sent via email (see Timeline for dates).
  • The CRA will allow abstracts submitted to ACR to be submitted after the embargo (ACR Embargo ends at 4:30 PM PT on Saturday, November 4, 2017). Abstracts must be submitted by November 17, 2017 at 11:59 PST.  Please email Virginia Hopkins at to obtain a submission link and provide ACR acceptance notification.
  • By submitting an abstract for consideration, all authors agree to abide by the rules outlined above, and the conditions, deadlines, policies and decisions of the CRA organizing committee.


  • Abstracts will be blindly reviewed & graded by members of the CRA Abstract Review Sub-Committee.

Podium Presentations

  • The CRA Abstract Review Sub-Committee will choose outstanding abstracts suitable for podium presentation. Applicants must select podium presentation preference during abstract submission process to be considered.  
  • Top original investigator-initiated abstracts will be selected to be presented during a podium presentation session at the CRA ASM.  
  • Top trainee abstracts will be chosen for a podium presentation session at the CRA ASM.  Applicants must apply for the trainee abstract awards during the abstract submission process to be considered. 
  • Podium presenters will be notified of the time and date via email (see Timeline for dates).

Abstract Awards

The Abstract Awards have been established to recognize exceptional research presented at the podium or poster sessions and to encourage participation of young faculty and trainees at the CRA ASM. The first author must apply for the award during the abstract submission process.  Applicants that do not apply will not be considered for an award. Click here for more information on the following awards: Case reports will not be considered for awards.

  • Best Abstract on Quality Care Initiatives in Rheumatology NEW
  • Best Abstract on Research by Young Faculty
  • Best Abstract on Paediatric Research by Young Faculty
  • Best Abstract on Basic Science Research by a Trainee
  • Best Abstract on Clinical or Epidemiology Research by a Trainee - Phil Rosen Award
  • Best Abstract on SLE Research by a Trainee - Ian Watson Award
  • Best Abstract by a Medical Student
  • Best Abstract by a Rheumatology Resident
  • Best Abstract by an Undergraduate Student
  • Best Abstract by a Post-Graduate Research Trainee
  • Best Abstract by a Rheumatology Post-Graduate Research Trainee

Presentation Format

  • The abstracts for both Podium and Poster presentations will be published in The Journal of Rheumatology following their rules regarding publication rights. Submitting an abstract to the CRA meeting obliges the submitter to allow the abstract to be printed according to the rules of The Journal of Rheumatology.
  • All abstracts will be available for downloading on the CRA website prior to the meeting.
  • All abstracts must be presented in the following format: 1. Objective(s); 2. Method(s); 3. Result(s); 4. Conclusion(s). Do not include educational qualifications, industry support, introductions, historical data or bibliographies in the text of the abstract.
  • Disclosures and conflicts of interest must be reported in the appropriate section during online submission.  Disclosures must be listed at the bottom of the poster and on the 2nd slide of podium presentations. The CMA Policy specifies that generic, rather than trade names, should be used, wherever possible, in presentation materials.
  • All Abstracts must be submitted and presented (podium and posters) in English.
  • Poster size will be indicated in the acceptance notification.
  • QR Codes will be allowed on posters. The QR code should allow participants to view the poster online without any form of advertising or promotional material.

Disclosures and conflict of interest

A conflict of interest may exist if an author or co-author has a financial interest in, or is otherwise affiliated with, a commercial organization that may have a direct or indirect interest in the content of his/her submission. The CRA requires that all authors disclose such pertinent relationships and inform participants of these relationships at the time of submission. The presence of a potential conflict of interest does not preclude participation in the submission or presentation process but declaration informs participants of the affiliation so that they may be aware of possible bias in the content.

A “financial interest” may include but is not limited to:

  • being a shareholder
  • receiving research funding or other support
  • receiving fees or other benefits for any role (including speaking at CPD activities)
  • being a paid employee or consultant
An “affiliation” may include but is not limited to:
  • holding a position in the organization
  • sitting on an advisory committee
  • playing some other role of benefit to the organization


October 16, 2017
Abstract submission deadline

December 31, 2017
Email notification of acceptance or rejection for all abstracts
Podium Presentation date and time will be included in acceptance notification for all podium presenters
January 5, 2018
Poster session presenters (author or co-author) must confirm attendance at poster session
January 12, 2018
Poster Session date and time email notification


Abstract Categories

Submitters can choose up to three of the following topics for their abstract:

Ankylosing Spondylitis Immunology
Anti-Phosholipid Syndrome Infectious Arthritis
Arthritis Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Auto-Immune Diseases Musculoskeletal Examination
Basic Science Myositis
Choosing Wisely and Quality Improvement Osteoarthritis
Chronic Pain Osteoporosis
Clinical Research Pediatric Rheumatology
Education Psoriatic Arthritis
Epidemiology Public Health and Arthritis
Fibromyalgia Reactive Arthritis
Fibrosis Regional Pain Syndrome
Genetics Rheumatoid Arthritis
Gout or Crystalline Arthritis Sjogren’s Syndrome
Health Economics SLE / Anti-Phosholipid Syndrome
Health Services Research Systemic Sclerosis
Imaging of Rheumatic Disease Miscellaneous / Other



Registration for the 2018 CRA/AHPA Annual Scientific Meeting will open in November.  Click here for more information.

Note: Closed to new submissions.



Virginia Hopkins
Research & Technology Co-ordinator
Canadian Rheumatology Association
T: 905-952-0698 ext 3