The specific objectives of this scientific meeting are:
1. To advance our understanding of the pathogenesis (immune, genetic, epigenetic and inflammatory), epidemiology, and current and innovative therapeutic approaches in pediatric rheumatic diseases.
2. To provide a forum for development of collaborations and mentoring for the pediatric rheumatology research community with special attention to young investigators.
3. To provide training and education in major areas relevant to pediatric rheumatology research and the conduct of clinical research.
4. To integrate pediatric rheumatology research coordinators into the advancement of the CARRA research strategy and the development of specific research projects by incorporating representatives of the CARRA Research Coordinator Network into all CARRA research working groups.