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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Topics in Rheumatology, Sleep Medicine, and Nutrition

<em>Celebrity Millennium</em>
Celebrity Millennium
14-Night Japan, China & Taiwan Cruise
from Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan to Hong Kong, China
November 08 - 22, 2020
20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
20 ACPE Credits
20.0 Contact Hours

Course Fees:

$1095 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$850 for Physician Assistants
$850 for Nurse Practitioners
$695 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Professor Howard Amital, MD MHA

Professor Howard Amital, MD MHA
Head of Department of Medicine 'B'
Sheba Medical Center
Tel-Hashomer 5262100
Chair of Internal Medicine
Sackler Faculty of Medicine
Tel-Aviv University, Israel Howard Amital is a professor of Medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of the Tel-Aviv University. He is the head of Department of Medicine 'B' at the Sheba Medical Center at the Sheba Medical Center, in Tel-Hashomer. For the past two years he is also the chair of Internal Medicine at the Sackler faculty of Medicine at the Tel-Aviv University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel-Hashomer, and his fellowship at the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Prof. Amital conducts clinical and basic research and speaks at international Rheumatology conferences such as the EULAR (European League against Rheumatism) and the ACR (American College of Rheumatology). He has authored over 270 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews. His papers mainly focus on autoimmunity research primarily in new avenues for the development of therapeutic peptides in RA, roles of vitamin D, use of biological therapy, pain and comorbidities of fibromyalgia and epidemiological studies based on Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) databases. 

2nd speaker TBA

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Program Purpose / Objectives
The aim of the course is to review the essence of Rheumatology for the primary care physician. We will cover updates and the new therapeutic modalities available today for the treatment of rheumatic conditions, including various aspects of biological therapy, the introduction of small molecules (tyrosine and JAK kinases inhibitors) and the important utilization of conventional disease modifying drugs.

We will go over the basic autoimmune mechanisms that stand behind the pathogenesis of the autoimmune /rheumatic disorders.

In addition, the course will cover our modern understanding of pain syndromes and old and new management methodologies. Given the common use of modern therapies among patents with rheumatic conditions, recognition of these mentioned topics will improve health care team performances and outcomes when managing these patients.

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis updates
    • Understanding the disease pathogenesis and modern therapeutic modalities.
  2. Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Understanding the disease pathogenesis and modern therapeutic modalities.
  3. Psoriatic arthritis
    • Understanding the disease pathogenesis and modern therapeutic modalities.
  4. Osteoarthritis
    • Understanding the disease pathogenesis and manner we can alter disease progression.
  5. Fibromyalgia
    • Understanding the complexities of managing patients with chronic pain syndromes, the pathogenic mechanisms behind their emergence and the challenges health care teams and patients alike phase.
  6. Systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Understanding the disease pathogenesis and heterogeneity.
  7. Crystal induced arthritis
    • Understating the mechanisms behind gout and calcium pyrophosphate disease.
  8. Smoking and Autoimmunity
    • introducing smoking as a facilitator of autoimmune disorders
  9. Additional topics under development
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Sun Nov 08 Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan
- 5:00 pm
Mon Nov 09 Shimizu (Mt. Fuji), Japan
7:00 am 3:00 pm
Tue Nov 10 Kobe, Japan
12:00 pm -
Wed Nov 11 Kobe, Japan
- 4:20 am
Wed Nov 11 Osaka, Japan
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Thu Nov 12 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Fri Nov 13 Nagasaki, Japan
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sat Nov 14 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Nov 15 Shanghai, China
6:00 am -
Mon Nov 16 Shanghai, China
- 6:00 pm
Tue Nov 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Wed Nov 18 Okinawa, Japan
6:00 am 3:00 pm
Thu Nov 19 Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan
9:00 am 10:00 pm
Fri Nov 20 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Nov 21 Hong Kong, China
8:00 am -
Sun Nov 22 Hong Kong, China
- -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Japan, China & Taiwan Cruise

Ports of Call

Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan - Even though Tokyo is among the largest, most frenetic cities in the world, it's still able to maintain a great deal of efficiency and charm. Amid the endless buzzing neon signs and the overhead cable webs, Tokyo is home to some of the world's most impressive architecture, stylish shops and 4-star restaurants. But just a short distance outside the clamor of the city is a whole different world. In the surrounding small towns and villages you'll get a glimpse into Japan's rich culture and traditions. Here you'll discover scores of wooden residential homes, ancient temples, shrines and imperial gardens. From the frenzy-filled metropolis to the tranquil bonsai-tree-lined neighborhoods, Tokyo is truly a study in delightful contrasts.

Shimizu (Mt. Fuji), Japan - On clear days, particularly in winter, Mount Fuji (Fuji-san in Japanese) is visible from as far as Tokyo, 60 miles away. When Japanís highest mountain is capped with snow, itís a picture-postcard perfect volcanic cone. One of the best-known symbols of Japan, this iconic mountain has been considered sacred since ancient times and was even forbidden to women until the early 1900s.

Kobe, Japan - Perched on a hillside overlooking the sea, Kobe is one of Japan's most attractive and cosmopolitan cities. Home of the heralded Kobe beef, this small city is easily navigated. Visit the Hatsukura Sake Brewery Museum for a tour or dine in one of the area's incredible restaurants.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Nagasaki, Japan - City of melancholy memories, Nagasaki offers the chance to visit Glover House, where Puccini's Madame Butterfly reputedly awaited her errant Lieutenant Pinkerton. The city's focal point is surely Peace Memorial Park, honoring lives lost to World War II's second atomic bomb.

Shanghai, China - Once a quaint fishing village, Shanghai has netted over 11 million people. Join the masses for morning tai chi on The Bund, or stroll through the Yu Yuan Gardens, inspiration for the famous " willow pattern" chinaware.

Okinawa, Japan - This ancient kingdom boasts crystal blue waters, tropical plants, and many fascinating creatures. Browse the shops on Kokusai Street and see Shuri Castle with its Tombs of Kings of Ryukyu. Then, watch for the rare Yambaru-kuina bird in Yambaru and explore the beautiful limestone of Gyokusen-do Cave.

Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan - This culturally diverse and commercially influential city has been shaped by its fierce sense of independence vying with undeniable ties to mainland China. The result is a fascinating blend of culture, art, history and social diversity.  As you explore through the city on your Taipei cruise, you’ll fall in love with the futuristic cityscape and dazzling arcitecture. Dotted with tranquil parks and green spaces, you’ll find locals practicing the art of Tai Chi.

Cuisine plays a central role in Taiwanese culture with culinary traditions from regions throughout China, including Fujian, Shanghai, Sichuan, and Hunan found around the city. Be sure to visit a relaxing tea house, or sample some famous Taiwanese snacks at a lively night market.

Browse high-end boutiques in the Zhongxiao-Dunhao area and explore the dozens of fashionable malls in Xinyi District for keepsakes and souvenirs.

Hong Kong, China -  From Victoria Peak, the Hong Kong metropolis is all primary colors and neon, commerce and capitalism. Yet just beyond the highrises are the Fragrant Harbour, Stanley Market, and mainland old China, complete with rice paddies and coolie hats.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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