What’s New at GRAPPA


GRAPPA Annual Meeting and Trainee Symposium 2022

Registration is now open for the GRAPPA Annual Meeting and Trainee Symposium 2022 in Brooklyn, New York, officially starting the evening of Thursday, July 14, continuing all day Friday, July 15, Saturday, July 16, concluding at 4:30 PM on Saturday. A full agenda will be forthcoming.

More information can be found here.


GRAPPA Elections 2022


We are soliciting nominations for the GRAPPA Steering Committee (6 positions), and GRAPPA Executive Committee (1 position).

To run for a position, the candidate must:

·         Be nominated and seconded by current GRAPPA members.

·         Agree to the nomination.

·         Have been a full member of GRAPPA for at least one year. 

·         Be willing to attend the required number of teleconference calls.

·         Become involved as needed on GRAPPA committees or task forces.

·         If a first-time nominee, he, or she is eligible to run for the Steering Committee only.

·         Submit a short statement (4-5 sentences max) to be used on the ballot.

The GRAPPA Executive Committee meets every other month virtually and serves as the board of GRAPPA. The Steering Committee also meets virtually every other month and serves in an advisory capacity for the Executive Committee. Each position is for a three-year term, with the exception of the Executive Committee’s President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President positions which follow one another after election as President-Elect.

Please send your nominations to  Judi Pickell at [email protected] before May 27, 2022, 11:59 PM PST. Please include "GRAPPA NOMINATION " in all caps in the email subject line.

Online voting will commence in early June, with the polls to close by mid-June. Announcement of the results will be by email by late June. New and re-elected officers will be inducted at the 2022 Annual Meeting on July 14.

We’ve already received notice from the incumbents that they wish to run again for the positions for which their term is expiring.

The following ​person is running again for Executive Committee:

·         Vinod Chandran, rheumatologist

The following ​person is running again for Steering Committee:

·         Ennio Lubrano, rheumatologist

Alice Gottlieb, Elaine Husni, Peter Nash, Jose Scher and Alexis Ogdie have served two terms on the Steering Committee and will rotate off. We thank them for their many years of service.

All current Executive and Steering Committee members are listed at:  http://www.grappanetwork.org/committee-list.


GRAPPA Call For Abstracts 2022

It is time to ask your most promising Fellows and Trainees to submit an abstract for consideration to the Trainee Symposium, part of the GRAPPA 2022 Annual Meeting in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The meeting starts with a reception the evening of Thursday, July 14 and continues July 15 and 16. 

To be considered: 

• Trainees/Fellows must submit a 350 – 400 word abstract describing their work. In the title, use mixed case (do not use ALL CAPS).

• All chosen must agree to create a poster, and those chosen for an oral presentation must share a PowerPoint presentation.

• Must be willing to travel to Brooklyn for the GRAPPA Annual Meeting and stay for the entire meeting, through late afternoon of Saturday, July 16, 2022. 

• If in-person attendance is not possible, we invite you to apply for the poster presentation only.

• To qualify, the applicant should not yet have a permanent faculty position and should sign up to be an active member of Y-GRAPPA.

• Trainees may be undergraduates, medical students, residents in training, PhD students, post docs or fellows and must be enrolled in some type of training program and not be a member of the faculty.

*Up to five trainees will be chosen to give an 8 to10 minute oral presentation using PowerPoint, followed by 5 minutes of discussion, based on their abstract. Others will have an opportunity to describe their posters during a poster session at the meeting. 

 *DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS Friday, April 15, 2022, 11:59 PM PDT. *



Best Regards, 

Judi Pickell, GRAPPA Executive Director

Lihi Eder, MD PhD, GRAPPA Trainee Symposium Co-Chair 

M. Elaine Husni, MD MPH, GRAPPA Trainee Symposium Co-Chair 



Introducing GRAPPA's New Executive Director

We are happy to announce the hiring of GRAPPA’s new executive director, Judi Pickell, due to Sharon Andrews’ retirement at the end of this year. Judi is a skilled nonprofit organization manager with years of professional executive director experience. The executive committee is impressed with her related background in non-profit work and believe that her experience and energy will guide GRAPPA as this organization continues to grow.

Judi lives in Utah. She started training virtually with Sharon this week. We are confident the transition will be smooth. Her new email address is: [email protected].

Finally, on behalf of all the GRAPPA family, we would like to thank Sharon for her incredible years of service to the GRAPPA organisation which are now sadly coming to an end. We wish Sharon every happiness and success in her retirement.


Thank you to all who attended the recent GRAPPA Adjacent to ACR meeting. The on-demand video can be found here https://youtu.be/2qSxSagvgxw. Click here for the agenda.

Save the Dates:
GRAPPA Adjacent to AAD 2022

GRAPPA Adjacent to AAD will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, from 5:30 - 7:20 pm EST in Boston. An in person meeting is currently planned
Registration and an agenda are forthcoming.

Hold the date: GRAPPA 2022 Annual Meeting & Trainee Symposium, Brooklyn, New York, July 14-16, 2022

2021 Virtual Annual Meeting & Trainee Symposium

The on-demand videos of all sessions from the 2021 Annual Meeting & Trainee Symposium are now available on this website. Find the links under the "Events" tab and "Annual Meeting and Trainee Symposium." 

COVID-19 Vaccines and Psoriatic Disease

Do you have questions about the new COVID-19 vaccines for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis? Click here to read a joint guidance statement from IFPA and GRAPPA.

GRAPPA COVID-19 Guidance Statement

This guidance was prepared by rheumatologists, dermatologists and patient members of GRAPPA to provide guidance to persons with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis during the current COVID-19 pandemic, in particular to those taking immunosuppressant medicines. Click here to read entire statement.

GRAPPA’s “A Patient’s Guide to Treatments for Psoriatic Arthritis”

This guide is now available free for download. Written in lay language, it explains current treatments for psoriatic disease. Health care professionals are encouraged to provide it to their patients. The guide was written by members of GRAPPA’s patient research partner team, with support from GRAPPA’s treatment recommendations group. Printing instructions are supplied in a separate pdf. To download, please click on this icon:

GRAPPA Mission

GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis) is organized exclusively for non-profit, educational, and scientific purposes, specifically to facilitate sharing of information related to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, networking among different medical disciplines that see psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients, and to enhance research, diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

The GRAPPA app!

The GRAPPA app, available in Apple and Android formats, is free to download from the Apple store and the Google Play Store. Designed to be used by physicians, this app includes various calculators. Languages include: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (standard and Brazilian), Russian, German, Arabic, Chinese (simplified, Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japanese, Hebrew and Swedish.

The app is free to download to all, both GRAPPA members and non-members. Here are the links:


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