WELCOME TO PANLAR 2022

Dear colleagues
Dear guests and friends
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my honor to invite you to the 24th Pan American Congress of Rheumatology (PANLAR 2022), to be held on August 10-13, 2022, in Miami, Florida, a place with an excellent tourist infrastructure and extraordinary cultural richness.

The purpose of the PANLAR congress is to generate a space where all the ideas and different voices of our region can be expressed. To create a place where study and work groups can meet and exchange their experiences. To favor the creation of new scientific collaboration networks and strengthen the existing ones. To have a high-level academic forum where we can present our scientific production.

This Congress is unique, as it is designed to deal with cutting-edge topics and dynamics, which are not usual in this type of meetings. It has a scientific program of great interest for rheumatologists, allied specialists, health personnel, patients and companies. It is also a valuable opportunity for the Pan-American rheumatology community to learn, share and exchange knowledge and experiences, in a framework of great camaraderie and high academic level.

On this occasion, over 2,500 delegates from PANLARs 21 national societies will discuss topics of great interest and relevance, distributed in 80 sessions, where an estimated 300 scientific papers will be presented.

The Congress will also represent a turning point that reflects a renewed Latin American perspective and constitutes an exercise in valuing our own ideas and thinking, as part of the growing importance of our region in the world. The event will include a wide range of up-to-date topics of rheumatological interest and will contribute to sharing best practices and exchanging knowledge among peers.

I would like to express the appreciation of the PANLAR Executive Committee for the professionalism, commitment and collaboration of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), which this year stands out as the host organization.

To all the enthusiastic colleagues of the PANLAR Organizing Committee our most sincere gratitude, since their work, talent and effort make possible the successful culmination of such an ambitious project.

We would also like to express our sincere appreciation to the PANLAR Scientific Committee and the PANLAR Science and Education Committee, whose wise guidance made it possible to produce an exceptional, innovative scientific program with a certainly different perspective. Likewise, our heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors from the pharmaceutical industry for their unrestricted educational support.

It is my great honor and privilege to welcome you all to Miami.

Thank you very much,

Sincerely yours,

Carlos Pineda Villaseñor
President of PANLAR 2022 Congress