Dear Colleagues,

“Turkish Rheumatology Congress with International Attendance” will be held conjointly by the Istanbul and Sivas Branches of the Turkish League Against Rheumatism (TLAR) on March 20 - 24, 2019 at the Regnum Carya Hotel in Antalya - Turkey.

In our congress where the current diagnostic, therapeutic and practical applications in rheumatic diseases will be discussed in detail, we will also cover topics related to the current practical and theoretical aspects to help us in our daily practice and the complementary medicine applications to rheumatical patients in addition to the academical approach to be presented by the renowned international and national academicians.

Our program will provide you a multiple approach in rheumatology by the contribution of the several perspectives and assessment of the different disciplines with the awareness that the multidisciplinary approach to rheumatic diseases is very important for the correct diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Our congress aiming to have several scientific discussions and interactive participation will be held in 5 days, with the pre-congress courses and practical workshops in the first day, followed by the oral presentations and scientific sessions in the following days.

Our congress, where we believe that our social program will also gain your appreciation in addition to the rich scientific program, will be enriched with your participation and scientific contribution.

We are honoured to welcome you and wish you a productive and memorable meeting.

Best Regards,

Prof. Dr. Tuncay Duruöz
Co-president of Congress
President of the TLAR Istanbul Branch
Prof. Dr. Sami Hizmetli
Co-president of Congress
President of the TLAR Sivas Branch
Early Registration Date: December 24, 2018
Abstract Submission Deadline : February 1, 2019
Congress Dates : March 20-24, 2019
Congress Venue : Regnum Carya, Antalya



Prof. Dr. Tuncay Duruöz

Prof. Dr. Sami Hizmetli


Prof. Dr. Nilay Şahin

Prof. Dr. Ece Kaptanoğlu


TLAR Executive Comittee

Prof. Dr. Hatice Bodur

Vice President
Prof. Dr. Şebnem Ataman

General Secretary
Prof. Dr. F. Figen Ayhan

Prof. Dr. Sumru Özel

Board Members
Prof. Dr. Ömer Faruk Şendur
Doç. Dr. Hilal Kocabaş
Doç. Dr. Erhan Çapkın
Doç. Dr. H. Fatih Çay
Doç. Dr. Yeşim Garip Çimen

Prof. Dr. Hakan Gündüz

Prof. Dr. Ece Kaptanoğlu

Prof. Dr. Nilay Şahin

Doç. Dr. Emrullah Hayta

Doç. Dr. Özlem Şahin

Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Sevil Ceyhan Doğan

Uzm. Dr. Tülay Erçalık

Uzm. Dr. Hande Gezer


  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Spondylitis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Other Spondyloarthritis
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Scleroderma
  • Other Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Behcet’s Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • FMF and Autoinflammatory Diseases
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout and Pseudogout
  • Myofascial Pains
  • Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis
  • Low Back and Neck Pains
  • Approach to Pain in Rheumatic Diseases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Comorbidities in Rheumatic Diseases
  • Biological Treatments in Rheumatic Diseases
  • Multidisciplinary Approaches in Rheumatic Diseases
  • Evaluation of Life Quality and Functional Scales in Rheumatic Diseases
  • Rehabilitation and Exercise in Rheumatic Diseases



Congress Dates
The congress will be held on March 20 – 24, 2019.

Congress Venue
Regnum Carya Belek, Kadriye Bölgesi, Üçkum Tepesi 07500, Belek / Antalya / Turkey

Congress Web Site
You can find all the information and forms about the congress at the official website of the congress,

The congress center is 25 minutes away from Antalya Airport.

A large area has been set aside for the exhibition of the pharmaceutical and medical companies as well as book publishers. Congress registration is a must in order to visit the exhibition area which will be open on all congress days.

Letter of Invitation
Upon request, a letter of invitation will be sent to any registered participants. This letter will be sent solely to assist participants in obtaining leave from their institutions.

Name Badges
Name badges must be worn to enter scientific sessions, exhibition areas and all social activities by each participant, accompanying person and industry representative.

Certificate of Participation
Certificate of participation will be given to the all registered participants at the last day of the congress from the congress registration desk.

Airport Transportation
Airport transportations will be provided for the participants who notify the organizing secretariat of their flight information. The one-way transportation fee between the airport and hotel is 200 TL + VAT 18%. Please contact with the Organizing Secretariat by sending your flight ticket to by an e-mail in order to book transportation.


Oral Abstract Awards

The aim of this award is to show appreciation for the effort shown by colleagues in their research and to encourage young colleagues to undertake new research.
The following criteria will be considered in the assessment.

  • The summary should be appropriately formatted.
  • The title of the research should reflect the content.
  • Abstract should be new, original and have a scientific.
  • Abstracts should be prospective, be part of a project and supported by a sufficient number of cases.
  • Statistics should be analyzed correctly.
  • The topic should be dealt with in detail.


3.000 TL

2.000 TL

1.000 TL

Poster Abstract Awards

The aim of this award is to formally evaluate colleagues scientific performance as shown in their poster presentations. Sharing knowledge via poster presentation, is taken very seriously and aims encourage young colleagues to improve their presentation skills in the upcoming years.
The following criteria will be considered in the assessment.

  • Poster should respect the pre-announced dimensions.
  • Authors must follow the order of presentation in a scientific study.
  • The shaped, colors and fonts used in the text, figures and schemes should be simple.
  • The presentation has to be striking and arouse interest


1.500 TL

1.000 TL

500 TL

Please click here to send abstract

Medical Video Awards

The aim of this competition is to encourage the researcher to work on this subject by featuring the educational side of video recordings which are very important for the transfer of information and experiences.
The following criteria will be considered in the assessment.

  • The sound quality of the video has to be good.
  • The images on the main aim of the video should be in the foreground.
  • The video quality should be good.
  • The video should show the practice of a new and original idea.
  • The video should be educational and arouse the desire in the viewer to watch it again.
  • The video should show a complication or a rehabilitation of an rheumatologic situation.
  • The video should determine the utilization of a new device
  • The video should focus attention on the most common mistakes and complications experienced from their own country
  • The video should contribute to Rheumatology practice from their own country.


1.500 TL

1.000 TL

500 TL

Please click here to send video.

Medical Photograph Awards

The aim of this competition is to draw attention to photo that to give importance to the documentation and sometimes even take a lesion that is effective in explaining how important
The following criteria will be considered in the assessment.

  • The quality of the photograph should be good.
  • The subject should be original.
  • The utilization of new photographic techniques.
  • The completeness of the vision
  • Name given to the photograph should be appropriate to the photo


1.000 TL

750 TL

500 TL

Please click here to send photograph.

TLAR Young Researcher Incentive Award

Objective and Scope
Article 1: The aim and scope of this directive includes the procedures and principles regarding the award of professional activities of Tlar member specialists who are in the field of FTR/Rheumatology in our country.

Application Requirements

Article 2: This award is given to scientists who contribute to the science of Rheumatology by scientific research that has not passed the age of 40 and have the potential to contribute to the universal level in the future.

Article 3: Candidates are required to have a H - index of 5 and above. Applications may be personal or nominated by members and working groups. The documents that including the curriculum vitae, publication list and scientific projects should be sent to TLAR Head Office in one file and 5 CD format.

Article 4: Only scientists who is alive can be nominated as a candidate for the young researcher incentive award. After winning the award, the award of the scientist who leave us is given to the legal heirs.

Article 5: The nomination or application period expires on the last day of January of each year.


Article 6: All references are evaluated by TLAR Scientific Advisory Board

Article 7: The amount of the monetary award will be determined by board of directors every year. The award is given to one person for each year. If the eligible candidate does not exit, the award may not be given.

Article 8: The award-winning scientist is awarded with a plaque and a certificate of honor. The award is presented at the opening ceremony of the congress.


5.000 TL



Interventional Pain Management Workshop
10:30 – 17:30
20 Mart 2019
750 TL
Chronic Myofascial Painand the Sensitized Segment
10:30 – 17:30
March 20, 2019

Chronic Myofascial Painand the Sensitized Segment
Course Coordinators and Trainers:

Prof. Dr. Jay P. Shah
Prof. Dr. Tuncay Duruöz

Course Program:

Opening Remarks, Background and Introduction
The Dynamic Role of Sensitization in Neuro-musculoskeletal Pain: Enter the Matrix
Myofascial Trigger Points and the Unique Neurobiology of Muscle Pain: From Peripheral to Central Sensitization
Hands-On: Common Myofascial Trigger Points and their Referral Patterns - How to Palpate the Muscle; Live demonstration and audience participation of examination techniques on attendees
Getting to the “Point”: Dry Needling, Trigger Points and Myofascial Pain
Spinal Facilitation, Somatovisceral/Viscerosomatic Reflexes and Neuro-musculoskeletal Pain
Clinical Diagnosis of a Sensitized Segment Using Surface Anatomy and Palpation: Relevance for Chronic Myofascial Pain
Novel Applications of Ultrasound Technology to Visualize and Characterize Myofascial Trigger Points and Surrounding Soft Tissue
Neuro-modulating the Pain Matrix: Dry Needling, Acupuncture and Electrical Stimulation Techniques for Desensitizing the Sensitized Segment and Deactivating Myofascial Trigger Points Live demonstration and audience participation of examination and treatment techniques
Wrap-up: Questions, Participant Experiences and Discussion
Podiatry Course
10:30 – 17:30
March 20, 2019

Podiatry Course
Course Coordinators and Trainers:
Podologist Murat Bozdağ
Prof. Dr. Nilay Şahin

Course Program:

Introduction: What is Podiatry?
Rheumatology and Its Manifestations in the Feet, The Roll of Podiatry in Treatment of Patients With Rheumatologic Disorders.
Biomechanics and Common Foot Pathologies I.E. Heel Pain
Gait Analysis Standing/Walking/Running
  • Functional Foot Orthotics
  • Footwear
Gait Analysis Practical Workshop

  • Our courses are limited to quotas.
  • 18% VAT will be added to the course fees.


Regnum Carya Belek Hotel
Kadriye Bölgesi, Üçkum Tepesi
07500, Belek – Antalya

Nestled on an immaculate white sand beach overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Regnum Carya is an unparalleled private resort paradise in Belek-Antalya, Turkey. Just 25 minutes from Antalya International Airport and boasting an extensive range of family friendly amenities, this all-inclusive 5-star luxury resort features an exquisite choice of guest accommodation.

*Please click on the photos for hotel details.



Registration Type Registration Fees
Physician 975 TL
Family Physician 850 TL
Assistant 850 TL
Company Representative 975 TL
Guests 300 TL

  • VAT 18% should be added to the registration fees.
  • All participants and attendants must be registered. The above registration fees include entrance to the scientific meetings and exhibition area, printed materials, congress bag, coffee breaks, lunches and participation to the opening cocktail.
  • All registrations are confirmed upon full payment of the registration fees. For the confirmation of your registration, please send the receipt of payment to the congress secretariat via e-mail.
  • VAT 18% should be added to the registration fees.


Regnum Carya Otel
  Accommodation Fees
Single Room 3.900 TL
Double Room 4.900 TL

Sentido Zeynep Golf Belek
  Accommodation Fees
Single Room 3.800 TL
Double Room 4.800 TL

Sentido Zeynep Resort Belek
  Accommodation Fees
Single Room 3.800 TL
Double Room 4.800 TL

  • VAT 8% should be added to the accommodation fees.
  • Prices are for a 4-night package (Check-in: March 20th, 2019, Check-out: March 24th, 2019), and all hotels work on all-inclusive basis.

Outside Participation

Outside Participation Fee
Daily 350 TL
During the Congress 1250 TL

  • Outside participation fee is mandatory for those participants who are not staying at one of the congress hotels. Once a participant enters one of the all-inclusive concept hotels, there is no control over the services included in this concept. This fee has been considered in the accommodation fees provided by the congress, and all participants who don’t book via Organizing Secretariat shall pay the Outside Participation Fee.
  • VAT 18% should be added to the outside participation fees.


One-way Airport Transportation 200 TL
Round Trip Airport Transportation 400 TL

  • Please contact the organization secretariat benefit from the transportation services by e-mail sending. (
  • VAT 18% should be added to the transportation fees


All cancellations will be valid if notified in writing to Opteamist Tourism.
For cancellations of registration and accommodation;

- made until January 20, 2018, will be refunded as 50 %.
- made after January 20, 2018, no refunds will be granted.


ACCOUNT NAME Optimist Turizm Org. Serv. San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti.
BANK Türkiye Ekonomi Bankası
BRANCH Erenköy (389)
IBAN NO TR 3200 0320 0000 0000 1844 4089


Abstract must be sent over the online abstract system. Abstracts sent independently of the system, by post, or in languages other than English or Turkish will not be accepted.
The acceptance of the abstracts from the website will start on November 1, 2018 and will end on February 1, 2019 at 23:59. It will be possible to either withdraw or make changes in the context or authors of the abstracts which are saved as draft in the abstract system until February 1, 2019
Rules of abstracts form are detailed in the relevant website. We kindly request you to read these rules very carefully and to pay attention to the following rules in order to don’t have any problems.

Etiopathogenesis in Rheumatic Diseases
Evaluation of Life Quality and Functional Scales in Rheumatic Diseases
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
Systemic Sclerosis
Connective Tissue Disease
Behcet’s Disease
Rehabilitation and Exercise in Rheumatismal Diseases
Integrative and Complementary Medicine Approaches in Rheumatic Diseases
FMF and Autoinflammatory Diseases
Genetics Rheumatic Disease
Infectious Arthritis
Crystal Arthropathy
Myofascial Pain
Low Back and Neck Pains

Rules for Abstract
- Abstracts must be writing in English or Turkish.
- Fill the author’s name and surname according to order of abstract in the form and click on the box that is in the left side of the presenting author’s name.
- Make sure that contact details of the presenting author is correct.
- Uploads your abstract to the system as “research” or “case report” according to the following standart below.
- The abstract, not including the title, author’s name and surname must not exceed 500 characters.
- Please don’t make a spelling error and click the box for special sign.
- Please re-entered your summary from relevant menu and control that it has taken place in the database as desired, after each submission and modification.
- Keep your abstract confirmation letter that will send your e-mail adress after the process.
- Abstracts that don’t matching the criteria will send back to authors for correction.
- The presenting author must register to congress registration for to be on the list of presenters. Otherwise, abstract will left out of assessment. (evaluation)



Instructions for Preparing Posters
Instructions for accepted abstracts for poster presentations. Posters must be 70 cm wide and 90 cm high and should be designed to be legible from at least one meter away. The date, place and number of the stands where posters will be exhibited shall be announced by the organizing committee. Posters shall be affixed by sticky putty, and no other material shall be allowed. Assistance will be provided to the presenters in hanging their posters

Instructions for Open Communications
Please consider these instructions below when preparing your Open Communication slides;

- Do not use more than 7 lines in one slide,
- Do not have more than 6 words in each line,
- Prepare your slides horizontally,
- Do not include huge tables which will cause difficulty in following the outcomes,
- Prepare your slides in Turkish.



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