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Welcome to APLAR 2024.


The APLAR Executive Committee and the Singapore Society of Rheumatology extend their warmest welcome to you for the 26th Asia-Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress, set to take place in Singapore.


Scheduled from 21-25 August 2024, this congress promises to be an exceptional gathering, embracing the vibrant spirit of Singapore and fostering an immersive in-person congress format.Join us as we celebrate not only the remarkable hospitality of our Singaporean colleagues but also commemorate a pivotal moment in the APLAR’s journey, aiming to transcend communication and cultural barriers among rheumatologists, physicians, nurses, researchers, and allied health professionals across the diverse Asia-Pacific landscape.

Under the overarching theme of “Bridging Countries Forging Progress”, the congress will feature an array of internationally acclaimed speakers, regional experts, and local talents, offering cutting-edge research, scientific insights, and medical advancements through plenary sessions, concurrent workshops, and poster presentations.

With the number of rheumatologists in the Asia-Pacific region surpassing 25,000, this congress serves as an ever-evolving platform for connection, learning, and collaboration among our esteemed regional peers.


We eagerly anticipate your presence in Singapore in August 2024, as we embark on another milestone in our collective journey toward a better understanding and management of rheumatic diseases in our region.

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Professor Tsutomu Takeuchi

APLAR President

Japan College of Rheumatology

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Dr Hwee Siew Howe

Congress Chair

Singapore Society of Rheumatology

Singapore at a Glance


Singapore, a vibrant city-state at the crossroads of East and West, is a compelling destination for tourists and conference attendees alike. Known for its blend of cultural diversity, economic vitality, and lush greenery, Singapore offers a unique experience that seamlessly merges tradition with modernity.


The city features an array of attractions, from the futuristic Gardens by the Bay, with its iconic Supertree Grove and mesmerizing Cloud Forest, to the historic charm of the Raffles Hotel. The multicultural fabric of Singapore is reflected in its neighborhoods: Chinatown, with its traditional shophouses and bustling markets; Little India, a haven of vibrant colors and fragrances; and Kampong Glam, where historic mosques stand alongside trendy cafes and boutiques.


Singapore's reputation as a "Garden City" is evident in its numerous parks and green spaces, including the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, offering a tranquil retreat from the urban hustle. The city is also a food lover's paradise, offering a gastronomic journey through its hawker centers, where local dishes like Hainanese chicken rice, laksa, and chili crab can be savored. The city’s efficient public transportation system and reputation for safety and cleanliness further enhance the experience, ensuring a comfortable and productive stay.


For rheumatologists and researchers, Singapore is not just a meeting point for professional growth but also a place where innovation meets heritage, offering a rich, fulfilling experience that extends beyond the conference room.


Support for Young Rheumatologists


To support young rheumatologists and researchers, APLAR will fund the conference fees for APLAR Young Rheumatologists (AYR) whose abstracts are accepted, with opportunities to receive travel grants. This year, APLAR has increased the travel grant to 50,000 USD, with an additional 50,000 USD contributed by the Singapore Society of Rheumatology, bringing the total to 100,000 USD.


Abstract submissions are now open, with the deadline on April 29, 2024.

Get hands-on at #APLAR24 with the Pre-Congress Workshops


With a core focus on practical application and hands-on learning, these workshops allow attendees to improve their skills across a variety of topics including MSK ultrasound, Immunology, Scleroderma, Bone densitometry, and much more!


Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your professional development. Seats are limited, so be sure to secure your spot on the 2024 APLAR workshops today!

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