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Nov 12, 2019 / Research & Innovation

Rheumatology Team Shares Latest Research at Annual Meeting

This week, staff and trainees from the Rheumatology department are in Atlanta, GA attending the annual American College of Rheumatology (ACR) meeting. With nearly 16,000 medical professionals from more than 100 countries, ACR brings together rheumatology specialists to discuss the latest research and treatment techniques for patients with various rheumatic conditions.
As one of the premier centers who cares for this patient population, the hospital has a consistently strong showing at the annual conference. As active members of ACR, the team is recognized as leaders in the field and are selected to share their expertise. They are committed to discovering innovative ways to care for children diagnosed with these complex conditions.
This year, several projects were selected for presentation by the hospital’s rheumatology fellows. Those included:
  • Improving Adherence to Pregnancy Screening in Patients on Teratogenic Medications Using an Electronic Medical Record Alert System: A Quality Improvement Initiative
  • Myositis-Specific Antibodies and Muscle Histopathology in Juvenile Dermatomyositis: New Insights into the Mechanism of Injury
  • Interventions to Improve Time to Appointment and Outcome Variables in the Pediatric to Adult Transition of Care in Rheumatology
  • Identifying Additional Risk Factors for Arterial and Venous Thrombosis Among Pediatric Antiphospholipid Antibodies Carriers
In addition, pediatric nurse practitioner Heather Benham, R.N., P.N.P., received the Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award. Presented to a member of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP), this recognition is awarded to someone who has provided exceptional service and support to patients with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.
Learn more about the hospital’s Rheumatology department.

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