BRIESE 2021 Virtual Conference- Annual Education Series – Registration is Now Closed

Registration Packages and Zoom Links will be emailed to participants on Wednesday September 22nd, 2021. 

BRIESE content will remain virtual for 2021. It will take place on Friday September 24th and on Saturday September 25, 2021.

For 2021, BRIESE registration is open to rheumatologists, trainees, pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists, and allied health professionals from BC and Alberta!

Once again, the BRIESE speaker committee (Dr. Blumenauer, Dr. Carruthers, Dr. Stephanie Wade, Dr. John Wade and Dr. Watterson) is working away on welcoming some fantastic speakers.

Please email: if you require further information about BRIESE 2021.

Confirmed speakers for this year’s conference include:

  • Dr. Kun Huang – UBC
  • Dr. Laura Coates – University of Oxford
  • Dr. Sharon Chung– UCSF
  • Dr. Andrea Singer – Georgetown University
  • Dr. Alfred Kim – Washington University
  • Dr. Jean Liew – Boston University
  • Mr. Mahesh Nagarajan– UBC Sauder School of Business, Senior Associate Dean

Time to Reconnect and Celebrate!

On Friday Sept 24th, we will be offering a special event at the Fairmont Vancouver Waterfront Hotel for attendees interested in joining us in person for a sit down dinner. (5:30 to 9:00 pm). New to the program this year we are welcoming Mahesh Nagarajan as a guest speaker for our BCSR reception. The UBC/BCSR awards will follow after.

We hope you can join us there to celebrate!


Virtual BRIESE conference only

  • Rheumatologists and Pharmacists: $75.00
  • Nursing, Physiotherapy, Allied Health: $25.00
  • UBC Residents/Fellows in Training: Free

Virtual BRIESE conference + Friday dinner event / celebration: As we are still unsure what the COVID guidelines will be for in person events this will be a first come first serve for up to 50 participants only at this time.  If we are able to have more guests we will open the event up for more participants. We will update as we know more closer to the date. We will be following all government and hotel mandated COVID policies to ensure the safety of our guests. 

  • Rheumatologists and Pharmacists: $125.00
  • UBC Residents/Fellows in Training: Free

Thank you and stay safe,

BRIESE Steering Committee: Dr. Maziar Badii, Dr. Jason Kur, Dr. John Wade, Dr. John Watterson


2021 Agenda:

Please email Lindsay Graf at for more information.

Location of BRIESE CONFERENCE – Virtual

  • Zoom


Please see the draft agenda above for further details

DAY 1:   Friday September 24, 2021 – BRIESE Virtual Meeting – ZOOM

  • 1:00-2:00 – Dr. Laura Coates- Updates in Psoriatic Arthritis 
  • 2:00-2:15- Break
  • 2:15-3:15 – Dr. Andrea Singer – Updates in Osteoporosis 
  • 3:15-3:45 – UBC Cases and Resident Presentations- Dr. Sarah Hansen 

BCSR Dinner and Awards – RSVP CLOSED 

5:30 PM -9:00 PM – If COVID-19 guidelines allow the in person event, it will be at the Fairmont Waterfront. There will be a virtual option via zoom.

6:30-7:30 PM – Dr. Mahesh Nagarajan – Understanding Productivity within Health Systems

7:30 PM – BCSR/UBC AWARDS- Dr. Anne Marie Colwill 

Nursing Program: Joint Collaborations in Rheumatology

This meeting will be held  via zoom.

Start time: 5:30 PM

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Teo, Rheumatology

Moderator: Patricia Patrick, Nurse           

DAY 2:   Saturday September 25, 2021 – BRIESE Virtual Meeting- Zoom

  • 8:00-9:00 – Dr. Alfred Kim/ Dr. Jean Liew – SARS-CoV-2 vaccine immunogenicity in rheumatic disease patients with immunosuppression and patient-related concerns over SARS-CoV-2 vaccines 
  • 9:15-10:15 – Dr. Sharon Chung – Updates in Systematic Vasculitis 
  • 10:15-10:30 -UBC Cases and Resident Presentations- Dr. Joran Friedmann
  • 10:30- 10:45- Break
  • 10:45-11:45 –  Dr. Kun Huang- Updates in Myositis


Please contact the Fairmont Waterfront at 604-691-1991 


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