The main aim of the V&GA subcommittee is to increase awareness around the world about EMEUNET as organisation and the projects we do.
The goals of this subcommittee are:
- To promote EMEUNET. Over the years, we have expanded our activities, involving other (young) organisations and working on projects with other EMEUNET subcommittees (Newsletter, Country Liaison and Social Media subcommittees).
- To increase EMEUNET visibility among young rheumatologists and researchers within the Rheumatology society. This task is tackled mainly by organising networking events during ACR and EULAR annual meetings and disseminating information on EMEUNET at our booth at the EULAR congress. Last year EMEUNET organised a very appreciated networking event in Philadelphia during the ACR Convergence 2022 and, along with EULAR, hosted around 80 members during the EULAR family dinner in Copenhagen. Great news will be coming soon about EULAR 2023 in Milan.
- To interact and collaborate with PARE and Young PARE. A better understanding of the views and needs of (young) people living with musculoskeletal and rheumatic disease is essential.
The V&GA subcommittee is highly committed to promoting and maintaining the sense of community that features EULAR. The live EMEUNET networking events are unmissable appointments for the young rheumatologists to interact, establish new collaborations and maintain fruitful interaction without borders. However, the EMEUNET V&GA subcommittee has put considerable effort into creating occasions of interaction all year round, thanks to the internet.
EMEUNET members met using digital platforms during the last few years in e-networking meetings and virtual reality events. Since 2021 V&GA subcommittee launched a series of scientific get-togethers to foster scientific interaction and collaboration among the sub-committee members. In 2022, the second EMEUNET scientific event took place online, featuring a talk from Prof. Daniel Aletaha, EULAR president-elect and co-founder of EMEUNET in 2009, who discussed with the attending members the future role of young rheumatologists within EULAR, the transition from EMEUNET to EULAR and the added value of being an active EMEUNET member for his professional growth. Two EMEUNET members had the opportunity to share their ongoing research projects and receive feedback and comments from other colleagues. Finally, Dr Manouk De Hoodge, co-chair of the young ASAS, Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS), shared her experience within ASAS and informed us about yASAS activities and structures. This talk is of particular relevance to EMEUNET V&GA as one of the tasks of the subcommittee is to proactively engage in collaboration with the young organisation with an interest in rheumatology, such as the Young Nephrologists’ Platform (YNP), the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society Emerging Rheumatologists and Researchers (PReS EMERGE), the ECTS Academy, young PANLAR and APLAR and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Junior Members (EAACI JM).
In this regard, we are ready to announce the first of a series of webinars organised in collaboration with the young European Federation of Immunological Societies (yEFIS) titled RNA sequencing in rheumatology and immunology: from tissue to single cells, which will take place online on the 28th of March 2023 and will feature Dr Felice Rivellese from London and Dr Elena Merino from Dublin as speakers.
LEADER: Daniele Mauro
Daniele attained his PhD at Centre for Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology at the Queen Mary University of London (UK) and now is a rheumatologist in training the University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli” in Naples (IT). His research is now mainly focused on Spondyloarthritis and mucosal immunology. Daniele is the Chair of the Visibility and Global Affairs Sub-Committee