The abstract submission system is closed. Acceptance notifications will be sent out mid-December.

Attendees at the 2021 Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) are invited to submit abstracts for presentation during the meeting.  We encourage you to submit abstracts relating to original research, systematic reviews or meta-analyses. Case reports or case series are acceptable. Project proposals without data or results will not be accepted. Abstracts may be presented at one meeting prior to the CRA ASM but data cannot be published before the CRA ASM. Abstracts cannot be submitted on data that has already been accepted for publication as a manuscript (publication in abstract form from a conference presentation is acceptable).

Important Dates

October 9, 2020
(5:00 pm PT)
Abstract submission deadline
Abstracts will not be accepted after the deadline
November 13, 2020  Late-breaking abstract deadline
Applies to abstracts submitted to ACR and MOH PGY 4 and 5 rheumatology residents (that are CRA members).
December 31, 2020Acceptance or rejection notifications
Podium presentation date and time will be included in acceptance notification for all podium presenters
January 8, 2021Abstract Acceptance deadline
Abstract must be accepted and presenting author  (author or co-author) must be selected.
January 15, 2021Poster session notifications

Abstract Awards


The Abstract Awards have been established to recognize exceptional research presented at the podium or poster sessions and to encourage participation of young faculty and trainees at the CRA ASM. The first author must apply for the award during the abstract submission process.  Applicants that do not apply will not be considered for an award. The top 5 abstracts for each award are adjudicated and awards are presented at the ASM. Award winners will be notified via email. Case reports will not be considered for awards.  Click here for more information on the following awards:

  1. Best Abstract on Quality Care Initiatives in Rheumatology
  2. Best Abstract on Research by Young Faculty
  3. Best Abstract on Paediatric Research by Young Faculty
  4. Best Abstract on Basic Science Research by a Trainee
  5. Best Abstract on Clinical or Epidemiology Research by a Trainee – Phil Rosen Award
  6. Best Abstract on SLE Research by a Trainee – Ian Watson Award
  7. Best Abstract by a Medical Student
  8. Best Abstract by a Rheumatology Resident
  9. Best Abstract by an Undergraduate Student
  10. Best Abstract by a Post-Graduate Research Trainee
  11. Best Abstract by a Rheumatology Post-Graduate Research Trainee
  12. Best Abstract on Spondyloarthritis Research Award


  1. Carolyn Thomas Award – first author of the best scientific abstract
  2. Barbara Hanes Memorial Award – best abstract submitted by an Occupational Therapist as first author.
  3. Best Trainee Abstract – best abstract submitted by a trainee as first author.