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Program Updates

Global Genes RARE Champion of Hope Awards


Recognizing the 2019 Global Genes RARE Champion of Hope Award winners.

2nd Global Conference on Myositis May 2017


The 2nd Global Conference on Myositis was held May 5-8, 2017 in Potomac, Maryland.

1st International Myositis Conference May 2015


The First International Conference on Myositis was held in Stockholm Sweden from May 8 - 11, 2015 at the Radisson Blu Royal Park Hotel.

Myositis Response Criteria to be Developed


Investigators plan to develop criteria for clinical improvement and responses for patients with adult and juvenile dermatomyositis and polymyositis.

Cure JM Wins Pepsi Challenge


The Cure JM Foundation won a $250,000 grant from Pepsi in the Pepsi Refresh national contest in August 2010.

TMA Opens Myositis Patient Registry


The Myositis Association (TMA) is pleased to announce MYOVISION, a myositis patient registry designed to capture environmental exposures and other potential triggers of myositis. Utilizing funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TMA will collect from adults and children with myositis information about their disease.

IMACS Group Meeting 2008


A short breakfast meeting was planned for Monday, October 27, 2008 from 6:15 to 8:30 a.m. in San Francisco, CA. This meeting was held in conjunction with the American College of Rheumatology JDM Working Group.

Classification Criteria Project open for data collection


The International Myositis Classification Criteria Project, which is a multi-disciplinary international effort to develop new classification criteria for adult and juvenile myositis, was open for data collection.

IMACS Outcomes Repository Open for Trial/Study Submissions


The database for this repository has been completed and the repository is open for submission of trials and natural history studies.

IMACS Group Meeting 2007


A short breakfast meeting was planned for Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 6:45 - 9:00 a.m. in Boston, MA. This meeting was held in conjunction with the ACR JDM Working Group.

IMACS Group Meeting 2006


A short breakfast meeting was planned for Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. in Washington, DC. This meeting was held in conjunction with the ACR JDM Working Group.

IMACS Joins the International Myositis Classification Criteria Project


A number of classification criteria for idiopathic inflammatory myopathies and the major subgroups have been proposed over the last three decades. Unfortunately, most of these have been based on clinical impressions rather than data analyses, and none have been fully tested for sensitivity or specificity using appropriately powered studies against all the appropriate disease confounders.

IMACS Annual Meeting 2005


A short breakfast meeting was planned for Sunday, November 13, 2005 at 7:00 -9:00 a.m. prior to the American College of Rheumatology meeting in San Diego, California. This meeting was held in conjunction with the ACR JDM Working Group. 

Investigative Opportunities in the RIM (Rituximab in Myositis) Study


Proposals were being sought for potential investigative opportunities using the planned data and sample collection from the RIM Study.

The Rituximab In Myositis (RIM) Study


The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) at the National Institutes of Health sponsored an international multi-center trial to be conducted in both adult and juvenile myositis.

IMACS trial outcomes data repository in development


IMACS developed a Clinical Trial/Study Outcomes Data Repository which captures IMACS core activity, damage and patient-reported outcome measures and related trial/study information.

Preliminary definitions of improvement for myositis published


As the result of a series of international consensus workshops, IMACS partially validated Preliminary Definitions of Improvement for Adult and Juvenile Myositis.

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