ECCO 2022

at EULAR 2022

75th European Congress of Rheumatology, hosted by the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR)
1-4 June

At EULAR 2022, the largest European scientific congress focused on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs), Galapagos is highlighting the importance of comprehensive care and shared decision-making in the care of people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Our discussions at the congress focus on the importance of prioritising the goals and perspectives of people living with RA in order to achieve meaningful changes to patients’ experience of the disease. We are announcing scientific data and research insights, and championing the importance of collaboration and open conversation between people living with RA and their multidisciplinary medical team.


Interview with
Professor Roberto Caporali

Professor Roberto Caporali, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, is chairing sessions at EULAR 2022 around the evolution of comprehensive care in RA. He will discuss his perspective on the concept, how it shapes his practice, and the collaborative approach he takes with his patients living with RA. Watch this space!


Our commitment to RA

To make a meaningful difference to people’s everyday lives beyond treatment, we are dedicated to working in partnership with the RA community, especially those who live with the disease. We know that we need the input and expertise of others, co-creating and collaborating to help us go further, faster and change lives sooner.

We are particularly interested in seeking out and gathering peoples’ real experiences and their daily challenges to inform our work.



Learn more about our comprehensive care and shared decision-making work below:

The importance of the patient perspective.

“The good physician treats the disease, but the great physician treats the patient who has the disease” – this is a quote from a physician from over a hundred years ago on the importance of comprehensive care, and the concept is still applied today. How can people living with RA and their care teams work together to achieve not just clinical symptom relief, but also patients’ life goals?


Read our interview from last year’s congress with Ailsa Bosworth, Founder of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, and Professor Peter Taylor, Norman Collisson Chair of Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford, here.


The dynamic patient-doctor relationship.

Shared decision-making as a practice is still not embedded in RA care, despite many physicians and healthcare teams championing this approach. Professor Gerd Burmester, Director of the Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, shared how he ensures his 15 minute appointments with people living with RA are as effective and collaborative as possible – with some simple tips such as not interrupting the patient, and coming prepared with a list of topics and questions.


See the conversation between Professor Gerd Burmester and Neil Betteridge, Independent Patient Advocate, here.


The annual EULAR congress is the largest European meeting focused on RMDs, attended by members of the multidisciplinary RA community worldwide. The scientific programme of lectures, symposia and presentations will cover the cutting edge advances and developments in the treatment, care and management of RMDs, as well as sharing perspectives from healthcare professionals and patient organisations who work closely with people living with RA. The 2022 hybrid meeting is the first of its kind, with both in-person and virtual attendance, and marks the 75th anniversary of the congress.


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