Welcome Address by Congress Chairman


Dear Colleagues & Friends,

I am delighted to welcome you all to spectacular Shanghai –China’s largest city, a global financial center and transport hub, popular tourist mecca, and mainland China’s booming ‘showpiece’. I am certain that your time here in our city will be as stimulating as the congress itself.

While the APLAR 2016 scientific programme is practitioner-focused, it also presents a vital opportunity for clinicians and scientists who need to stay current on advances in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, and I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to those who are relatively new to the world of rheumatology – particularly our trainees – and assure you that your participation in APLAR 2016 will greatly enhance your standing in the field –  so that you can go on to make your own impact on the future of rheumatology.


Yours sincerely,


Prof. Xiaofeng Zeng

Chairman, APLAR 2016