Welcome to the 2021 SPARTAN Annual Meeting and Trainee Symposium!

SPARTAN is a network of health care professionals in North America who are dedicated to research, awareness and treatment of spondyloarthritis. Our mission is to advance research and education to improve the care of patients with Spondyloarthritis.


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12:05 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
Spondyloarthritis Manifestations (including Psoriasis and IBD)
12:40 PM - 12:55 PM (ET)
Physical Exam: Spinal Metrology & Peripheral Assessments
01:00 PM - 01:20 PM (ET)
Disease Mechanisms in Spondyloarthritis
01:25 PM - 01:35 PM (ET)
01:35 PM - 01:55 PM (ET)
Overview of Axial Spondyloarthritis Management
02:00 PM - 02:05 PM (ET)
02:05 PM - 02:35 PM (ET)
Breakout Case Discussions
02:35 PM - 02:40 PM (ET)
02:40 PM - 03:00 PM (ET)
Imaging in Spondyloarthritis
03:05 PM - 03:20 PM (ET)
Physical Therapy in AxSpA—Your Chance to Practice!
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM (ET)
11:15 AM - 11:20 AM (ET)
Research Career Achievement Award
11:20 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
Keynote Address: Does HLA-B27 affect bone formation and mineralization?
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (ET)
Clinical/Pathogenetic Attributes of SpA Children
12:30 PM - 01:00 PM (ET)
SpA Imaging Considerations in Children: Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Modalities
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM (ET)
Physical Therapy for AS
01:15 PM - 01:45 PM (ET)
Break and Networking
01:45 PM - 02:15 PM (ET)
Sex Matters: Spondylarthritis in Women
02:15 PM - 02:45 PM (ET)
Clinical Differences Around the Globe
02:45 PM - 03:15 PM (ET)
Genetics Around the Globe
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
Breakout Sessions
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
IBD-SpA interest group - Kristi Kuhn, MD, PhD and Michael Weisman, MD
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
SPARTAN membership discussion: who are we and who do we want to be as an organization? - Joerg Ermann, MD and Robert Warren, MD
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
Focus on therapeutics: what's new in the toolbox, what's on the horizon and what do I do with this difficult case? Philip Mease, MD and Dafna Gladman, MD, FRCPC
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
Development of referral recommendations - Atul Deodhar, MD, Abhijeet Danve, MD, Maureen Dubreuil, MD
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM (ET)
Interpreting SIJ imaging, a mini-workshop – Walter Maksymowych, MD and Rob Lambert, MD
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (ET)
Oral Abstracts
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM (ET)
Self-referral Strategy for Early Diagnosis of Axial Spondyloarthritis- Preliminary Analysis from Finding Axial Spondyloarthritis Study
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM (ET)
Gut Derived T cells are Cytokine Competent and Contribute to Inflammation in the Joint
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM (ET)
Integrative Analysis of mRNAs to identify Sex Differences in Th-17 mediated inflammation in Ankylosing spondylitis
11:45 AM - 01:00 PM (ET)
SPARTAN Grant Award Presentations
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
Seed Grants for Junior Faculty: The Interplay Between Gender and Sex in Understanding Health Quality of Life among Patients with Axial Spondyloarthritis: an Exploratory Sequential Mixed Method Study
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM (ET)
Seed Grants for Junior Faculty: The Impact of Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitor Use on Cardiovascular Events In Ankylosing Spondylitis
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM (ET)
Fellowship Grants for Pilot Projects: Awareness and Attitudes Regarding Axial Spondyloarthritis Among Non-Rheumatology Providers
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM (ET)
Fellowship Grants for Pilot Projects: Axial Psoriatic Arthritis Correlation Between Clinical, Genetic and Axial MRI Findings
12:45 PM - 01:00 PM (ET)
Fellowship Grants for Pilot Projects: Neutrophil/Lymphocyte Ratio and Platelet/Lymphocyte Ratio as a Biomarker in Axial Spondyloarthritis
01:00 PM - 01:15 PM (ET)
01:45 PM - 02:15 PM (ET)
Anatomic Variation of the Sacroiliac Joints—Clinical Significance in the Context of Sacroiliitis Imaging
02:15 PM - 03:15 PM (ET)
Poster Hall


We know Networking is one of the most important aspects of our event. Click on the link below to enter the Networking Room, where you can chat with other attendees in themed chat rooms, as well as participate in the dedicated chatroom for each conference session. You can also have one-on-one video chats with individual participants.

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