The 13th International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (LUPUS 2019) is proud to welcome you to San Francisco, California USA, April 5-8, 2019. This exciting meeting, “LUPUS: Gateway to the Future” will highlight advances and insights from recent SLE research into the causes and outcomes of SLE, explore the promise of implementing a personalized approach to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, and provide a forum to hear exciting and innovative research from a new generation of investigators. The Congress will span the disciplines dedicated to improving outcomes in SLE, from basic and translational science through epidemiology and outcomes research.
The first day of the Congress will highlight major advances and insights gained from recent research, including clinical trials and studies defining the contribution of genetics and epigenetics to SLE. The second day will focus on precision medicine, including opportunities and challenges associated with implementing a personalized approach to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of lupus. The final day of the Congress will highlight epidemiologic and outcome studies of SLE, as well as new technologies.
Throughout the Congress, there will be a patient program that will highlight new treatments on the horizon, patient-reported outcomes, and lifestyle factors in SLE. The closing session, “A bridge to the future” will feature investigators from around the world who will highlight challenges and opportunities facing SLE patients and investigators in South America, Africa, Europe, North America and Asia.
The Golden Gate Bridge is emblematic of San Francisco as a world-class city that has looked to the future from its very beginning. “Lupus: Gateway to the Future” will highlight the breakthroughs and the investigators who are responsible for them that will transform lupus treatment in the years to come. San Francisco lies at the center of a dynamic metropolitan area. Home to multiple distinguished universities, the Bay Area launched the technology and biotechnology industries with advances made at local campuses. Reflecting the dynamism of its economy, San Francisco has attracted a diverse population from around the globe. The Bay Area is blessed with spectacular scenery and attractions, including San Francisco Bay, the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, redwood forests, and the wine country of Napa and Sonoma Counties. Within a few hours lies the Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur, Yosemite National Park, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Many excellent restaurants of various cuisines are within an easy walk or cab ride of the Congress venue. The largest modern art museum in the world, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is a block away. Many other museums are also within easy reach, including the city’s foundational science museum, the Exploratorium, Asian Art Museum, DeYoung Museum, and Legion of Honor, among others.
Thank you for joining us in San Francisco for the 13th International Congress on SLE in 2019 as we create a Gateway to the Future that will improve the lives of people with SLE.
Lindsey A. Criswell, MD, MPH, DSc on behalf of the Organizing Committee Full Schedule