Dear Friends and Colleagues,
In March, 2011 a new and interesting project called Controversies in Rheumatology and Autoimmunity (CORA) was launched. The first CORA congress held in Florence was a great success with more than 500 participants. A fresh and intuitive congress structure was launched that included debate sessions on burning but controversial issues, plenary lectures, company-sponsored blocks and other scientific sessions including presentations of submitted abstracts.
After the success of the first CORA meeting, now we wish to move to another city of river and bridges, Budapest, where the next CORA congress will take place between April 4-6, 2013.
During the last two years, there have been even more controversial issues in the field of immunology and rheumatology. That is why the panel of presidents now include a fifth musketeer so that we will be able to cope with this increasingly difficult task.
CORA 2013 will cover issues related to the clinical diagnosis and management, as well as the pathogenesis of rheumatic and autoimmune disorders. We plan to conduct debates on the importance of genetic vs. epigenetic factors, on the involvement of bone destruction vs. formation in the pathogenesis of arthritides, on burning issues of targeted therapy including early treatment initiation, switching and stopping. We will cover highly controversial issues of gout, lupus, inflammatory myositis and scleroderma. We will discuss whether atherosclerosis is an autoimmune disease or not. What to use and what not in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis treatment.
And certainly there will be many surprises in addition to the debate sessions, abstract presentations and sponsored symposia.
Budapest, the pearl of the Danube, the capital of Hungary, is a city of history, architecture, beauty, friendship, good food and wine. We are pleased to welcome you to this marvellous location and to the next very interesting chapter of the CORA saga.
Congress Chairs Honorary Chair
Prof. Zoltán Szekanecz, Hungary Prof. Andrea Doria, Italy Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld, Israel
Dr. György Nagy, Hungary Dr. Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Italy