The 2016–18 Executive Committee, headed by Dr. Carlo V. Caballero (Colombia), President-Elect Enrique Soriano (Argentina), Secretary General Carlos Lozada (U.S.) and Former President Carlos Pineda (Mexico), drafted a six-year (2016–22) development plan, approved by the Governing Board, the purpose of which is to stimulate excellence of rheumatology in the American continent and to advance the shared vision of becoming the main supplier of education and science, practice standards and rheumatology in Latin America. One pillar of this development plan is innovation.
PANLAR will celebrate the 20th Pan-American Congress in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of Aníbal Ruiz Moreno, from April 7–10. More than 2,500 attendants and 500 medical research projects from all over America and the world are expected. Simultaneously, the First Pan-American Congress of Rheumatic Disease Patients will be held, as well as a gala dinner to commemorate our 75th anniversary. The book, PANLAR Throughout Its Evolution, detailing the organization’s rich history, will be launched during the meeting.
You are all warmly invited to Buenos Aires to join in this important celebration.
Carlo V. Caballero Uribe, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of medicine at the Universidad del Norte, in Barranquilla, Colombia. He is also the president of PANLAR (2016–18).