Since first introduction of the International CAA Association (ICAAA) during the 2014 CAA conference in London, we have worked to join efforts and talents of physicians and investigators interested in this important, still largely untreatable disorder.
I am writing to announce a promising tool for improving communication and collaboration across the growing community: CAAforum.org. This is a secure web-based platform for sharing data, experience, thoughts, and collaborations related to basic, translational, and clinical research in CAA. We believe such a platform has great potential to facilitate and speed the kinds of free-ranging discussions and exchanges of ideas that move the science forward. Think of the platform as the hallway of your favorite, most productive international meeting.
The CAA Forum will be supported by a team with backgrounds in science, journalism, information technology, and data science. Together with a dedicated advisory board and active participation by the worldwide CAA community, the platform will seek to produce a professional-quality, unbiased product.
The CAA Forum will be available exclusively to members of the International CAA Association. Thanks to support from the Dutch CAA Foundation, membership will be free at least till 2017. In addition to exclusive access to CAAforum.org, membership will also offer discounted fees for the biannual International CAA Conference, starting with the 2016 conference in Boston, 8th-10th September.
I encourage you to join the International CAA Association, become a member yourself and identify other local, national, and international colleagues who might join. The spirit of community and collegiality in the CAA field is a precious asset that enhances our scientific lives and moves us closer to successful treatments for this disease. A victory for any of us is a victory for all of us! I look forward to working with you to develop CAAforum.org to its fullest potential and continuing to grow and enrich the CAA community.
With best regards,
on behalf of the International CAA Association