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The first annual EULAR Congress
  1. LEO B A VAN DE PUTTE, Editor of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
    1. THOMAS L VISCHER, President EULAR

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      The June 2000 congress in Nice is the firstannual Congress of the European League against Rheumatism (EULAR). Until now congresses have been organised once every four years, with smaller sized symposia in between. Another change this year concerns the journal of EULAR. In January 2000 the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases became the official journal of the organisation. For many of the congress delegates, theAnnals is well known and a good old companion, being the oldest independent international rheumatology journal. For some of the readership it will be a new experience. As from now on all delegates of the annual congresses will receive theAnnals the readership will automatically be considerably increased. The editorial team is well aware of this new situation and responsibility. We will continue our efforts to guarantee a journal of the highest educational and scientific standards. In addition, we will keep you informed about what is happening in EULAR. To this end a special section, “EULAR news”, will be included and focused editorials will be written when appropriate.

      In this June issue of the Annals we make a start with the “Series on education”, which is introduced by Anthony Woolf and Michael Doherty (see following editorial). In subsequent issues a number of specialists in the field will discuss various aspects of education and training in rheumatology. Hopefully, this will encourage a lively debate on these important themes. Last but not least the executive committee of EULAR and the editorial team of the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases wish you a fruitful and, above all, enjoyable stay at the first annual EULAR Congress in Nice.

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