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Welcome to Calicut

4th Indo UK Rheumatology Summit 2018

Rheumatology Masterclasses

Dates: February 3rd and 4th(Saturday & Sunday), 2018
Venue: The Raviz Kadavu Resort, Calicut


Dear Friend,

Welcome to Calicut, Kerala for the first major event of 2018's Rheumatology academic calendar; the 4th Indo-UK Rheumatology Summit. Themed as Rheumatology Masterclasses, this international meeting has been carefully designed to be highly interactive.

Day 1 (Saturday, 3rd February) has State of the Art Lectures on three important conditions i.e. Myositis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis by the world's foremost leaders in their respective fields. Each lecture is followed by Case Report Presentations by young rheumatologists and in depth discussions to delineate the clinical challenge and put forth the practice point.

Day 2 (Sunday, 4th February) starts with Meet the Professor session where our entire faculty from abroad cover important and clinically relevant topics with select group of delegates. The Masters Debate, a clash of the titans is the special highlight of this meeting which will provoke you to reappraise your practice. The meeting ends with Essential Rheumatology session with 3 topics to help your everyday practice and presentations of challenging and unusual cases by the trainees.

Please help us in enhancing your experience by registering as early as possible.

Best Wishes

Dr Vinod Ravindran

MD, MRCP (UK), MSc-Rheumatology (King’s College, London, UK),
CCT-Rheumatology (UK), MRCP-Rheumatology (UK), FRCP (Edin.)

Organizing Secretary
Centre for Rheumatology Calicut


Indian Rheumatology Association Kerala Chapter

Chief Patron: Dr. Joy Philip
President: Dr. Binoy J Paul
Vice President: Dr. Remesh Bhasi
Secretary: Dr. B Padma Kumar
Joint Secretary: Dr. Madan Mohan
Treasurer: Dr. NV Jayachandran

Executive members

Dr. Abdul Khader CA
Dr. Anoof PP
Dr. Jacob Anthony
Dr. Mujeeb Rahaman T
Dr. Padmanabha Shenoy
Dr. Vinod Ravindran
Dr. Vishad Viswanath
Dr. Vishal Marwaha

Organizing team - On behalf of the IRA Kerala Chapter

Dr. Remesh Bhasi
Organizing Chairman

Dr. Padmakumar B
Organizing Vice Chairman

Dr. Jayachandran NV

Scientific Chair

Dr. Anoof PP
Joint-Organizing Secretary

Dr. E Sukesh

In-charge Hospitality

Dr Suma Balan

In-charge Souvenir

Academic Coordinator
Dr. Indrajit Agrawal

Academic Coordinator
Dr. Kaushik Chaudhuri

Organizing secretary
Dr. Vinod Ravindran


The Raviz - Kadavu Resort


Prof. Anand N Malaviya MD, FRCP

Ex Head of the Department of Medicine & Chief of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology Services, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi Visiting Sr. Consultant Rheumatologist ISIC Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi.

Prof. Ernest Choy MD, FRCP

Head of Rheumatology and Translational Research, Division of Infection and Immunity, Director of Arthritis Research UK CREATE Centre and Welsh Arthritis Research Network (WARN), Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK

Prof. Eugene McCloskey MD, FRCPI

Professor in Adult Bone Disease, Department of Oncology & Metabolism, Metabolic Bone Centre, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Prof. Robert Cooper MD FRCP

Professor of Medicine (Muscle & Rheumatology), MRC/ARUK Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Prof. Rohit Aggrawal MD MS

Medical Director, Arthritis and Autoimmunity Center, Co-director, UPMC Myositis Center, Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Day 1 Saturday 3rd February 2018

Session 1: Myositis

10 am-10.30 am

Inauguration & Welcome address


10.30am-11.30 am

State of the art 1

Assessing suspected myositis:Challenges & pitfalls

What are the difficulties in assessing patients with suspected myositis
The conundrum of elevated CPK
Myositis mimics and masqueraders

Prof. Robert Cooper (UK)


11.30 am-12.00 pm

Case presentations & discussion


12. 00 pm-01.00 pm

State of the art 2

Management of Myositis

  • The current treatment algorithm for myositis
  • Strategies to manage refractory myositis
  • Newer treatments on horizon including biologics
  • Using myositis autoantibodies in management decisions

Prof. Rohit Aggrawal (USA)


01.30 pm-02.30 pm

Lunch & Poster Viewing

Session 2:Rheumatoid Arthritis

02.30 pm-03.30 pm

State of the art 3

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis: Are we there yet?

  • Update on pathogenesis of RA
  • New treatments in RA
  • How does precision medicine help in RA

Prof. Ernest Choy (UK)


03.30 pm-04.00 pm

Case presentations & discussion


04.00 pm-04.30 pm


Session 3:Bone health & Osteoporosis

04.30 pm-05.30pm

State of the art 4

Prevention of fragility fractures: A global perspective on current & future strategies

  • Case finding versus screening to identify individuals at high risk of fracture
  • Primary versus secondary fracture prevention
  • Treatment efficacy and fracture risk

Prof. Eugene McCloskey (UK)


05.30 pm-06.00pm

Case presentations & discussion


07.30 pm


Day 2 Sunday 4th February 2018

Session 4:Knowledge Forum

08.15 am-09.15am

Meet the Professors (Please register)

Prof. Rohit Aggrawal: Gauging response to therapy in CTD-ILD

Prof. Ernest Choy: Management of co morbidities in RA

Prof. Robert Cooper: Specialized service provision for Myositis

Prof. Eugene McCloskey: Interpretation of DEXA


09.30 am-10.00am

Pursuing rheumatology training

  • In the UK  -Dr Kaushik Chaudhuri (UK)
  • In the USA -Prof. Rohit Aggrawal (USA)

Session 5:Masters Debate


This house believes that

“While managing RA, Treat-to-Target strategy is not relevant in India”

Against: Prof AN Malaviya (India); For: Prof Ernest Choy (UK)


11.00 am-11.30am


Session 6:Essential Rheumatology

11.30 am-11.55am

Diagnosis vs Classification criteria in rheumatology

Prof. Rohit Aggrawal (USA)


12.00 am-12.25pm

Autoantibodies in Rheumatology: Keep or discard?

Prof. Robert Cooper (UK)



3 controversies in the osteoporosis management

Prof. Eugene McCloskey (UK)



Case presentations(7+3 minutes)


Lunch & Close


Submit abstracts of your rheumatology research/interesting case reports and case series showcasing the breadth of rheumatology. All accepted abstracts (posters or podium) shall be eligible to apply for bursaries. Apart from exciting prizes, all research/ case reports shall be considered on submission for publication in the Indian journal of Rheumatology. Mail your research/ case reports (300 words with clinical photographs and relevant details) to by 30th December 2017 latest.

For abstract rules and guidelines CLICK HERE

To download a “call for abstracts” poster to display in your department CLICK HERE


Fill the form completely and send it along with the payment to;

Dr Vinod Ravindran,
Centre for Rheumatology,
On Chevarambalam Paropady Road,
Near Chevarambalam Junction,
Calicut, Kerala
Pin: 673009 Phone: 9497880066


Conference Secretariat

Dr Vinod Ravindran

Organizing Secretary
Centre for Rheumatology
Chevarambalam Paropady Road, Near Chevarambalam Junction,
Calicut 673009, Kerala

Mobile: 94978 80066
Email: &

Academic Coordinator (National)
Dr. Indrajit Agrawal
Mobile: 99118 93247