Charles J. Malemud Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland, OH USA Biography
Biography of Charles J. Malemud
Charles J. Malemud received the Ph.D. from George Washington University in 1973 and completed postdoctoral studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1977. Since 1977, Dr. Malemud has been a member of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where he is presently Professor of Medicine & Anatomy in the Division of Rheumatic Diseases and Senior Investigator of the Arthritis Research Group. He has published over 230 papers, chapters and reviews primarily in the field of chondrocyte biology. Professor Malemud is on the editorial board of several rheumatology, immunology and musculoskeletal journals and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical and Cellular Immunology and Global Vaccines and Immunology.
D. Khanna University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI USA
K. Nishioka Tokyo Medical University Tokyo Japan
Section: Nutrition and Lifestyle in Rheumatological Disorders
M. El Ghoch Beirut Arab University Beirut Lebanon Biography
Biography of M. El Ghoch
Professor Marwan El Ghoch earned his doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of
Bologna, Italy, and postgraduate studies in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Modena and
Reggio Emilia, Italy. He is an expert in obesity and eating disorders treatments, and developed an
international leadership in the study of body composition in eating disorders and obesity.
Currently cover the role of head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Beirut Arab
University in Lebanon. Author of more than 100 papers published in high-ranking peer-review
journals in the field of Medicine, Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
Section: Endocrine fine tuning of T cells and DCs in autoimmunity
J.P. Mackern-Oberti Universidad Nacional de Cuyo Mendoza Argentina Biography
Biography of J.P. Mackern-Oberti
Currently works at IMBECU (Institute of Medicine and Experimental Biology of Cuyo) in
CONICET CCT Mendoza. Research in Fundamental Immunology, physiology and
autoimmunity. T cell and inflammation are the main targets of our studies. Flow cytometry,
primary cell cultures, Real Time PCR, immunohistochemistry and histology, ELISA and RIA are
routinely techniques used in the lab. We are always willing to welcome new students and
initiating challenging collaborations. Now, we are working in: 1. the role of prolactin and
glucocorticoid receptors in T cell physiology, stess and autoimmunity. 2. Hyperthyroidism in
immuneregulation during gestation and lactation. 3. Desmoglein and inflammation.
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Section: Nutrition in Rheumatology
M. El Ghoch Beirut Arab University (BAU) Beirut Lebanon Biography
Biography of M. El Ghoch
Professor Marwan El Ghoch MD earned his doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Bologna, Italy, and postgraduate studies in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. He is considered an expert in obesity and eating disorders treatments. Moreover he developed an international leadership in the study of the two-component model of body composition in anorexia nervosa. Currently cover the role of head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Beirut Arab University in Lebanon, and clinical investigator, at the Department of Eating and Weight Disorders at Villa Garda Hospital in Italy.
Section: Systemic Sclerosis
S. Lambova Medical University of Plovdiv Plovdiv Bulgaria Biography
Biography of S. Lambova
Dr. Sevdalina Lambova is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology with PhD degree in Rheumatology. She is an Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in Medical University – Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Department of Propaedeutics of Internal diseases. Her main scientific interests are in the field of nailfold capillaroscopy, Raynaud’s phenomenon, systemic sclerosis, connective tissue diseases, osteoarthritis.
Section: Pediatric Rheumatology
S. Ozen Hacettepe University Ankara Turkey Biography
Biography of S. Ozen
Dr Seza Özen is currently a Professor inthe Department of Pediatric Rheumatology at Hacettepe University, in Ankara, Turkey. She has graduated from the Medical School of Hacettepe University and had her Pediatrics training in the Department of Pediatrics at the same university. She did her post-doctoral fellowship in Stanford University School of Medicine and returned to her present department in 1990.
Dr Özen has served as the Pediatric Chair in EULAR and as the president of the International Society for Autoinflammatory Diseases. She has published over 300 papers. Her main areas of intereset are autoinflamamtory diseases, vasculitis and lupus.
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T. Atsumi Hokkaido University Hokkaido Japan
R. Cervera University of Barcelona Barcelona Spain Biography
Biography of R. Cervera
Ricard Cervera, MD, PhD, FRCP is Head of the Department of Autoimmune Diseases, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Director of the Research Team on Systemic Autoimmune Diseases at the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) of Barcelona, and Coordinator of the Masters’ on Autoimmune Diseases at the Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is also coordinator of the European Forum on Antiphospholipid Antibodies and of the European Working Party on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Euro-Lupus Group) and Chairman of the Lupus Academy. Dr. Cervera has presented over 400 invited lectures and has published more than 800 scientific papers (h index: 63), is co-editor of 30 books, and Associate Editor of the journals “Autoimmune Diseases” and “Lupus Science & Medicine”. His current major research interest includes clinical and epidemiological aspects of systemic autoimmune diseases, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus and the antiphospholipid syndrome, with special focus on its “catastrophic” variant.
M. De Martinis University of L’Aquila L'Aquila Italy Biography
Biography of M. De Martinis
Dr. De Martinis, obtained his Degree in Medicine and Surgery and Specialization in Internal
Medicine with honours at University of L’Aquila, Italy. Currently, he is Researcher - Aggregate
Professor of Internal Medicine at the Department of Life, Health and Environmental Science,
University of L’Aquila. Lecturer in Internal Medicine, Haematology, Immunology in several First,
Second and Specialization Degree Courses.He
authored several publications on relevant International Journals and chapters in books.
Oliver Distler University Hospital Zurich Switzerland Biography
Biography of Oliver Distler
Prof. Dr. med. Oliver Distler did his medical studies at the University of Erlangen, Germany and Duke University, USA and is currently Chairman of the Department of Rheumatology, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland. He is Adjunct Professor the University of Florence and has been Visiting Professor at the Universities of Stanford and Gothenburg. With over 165 original research publications, Prof. Distler is also Director of the Program for Connective Tissue Diseases and Vasculitides (University of Zürich) and is in the Editorial Board of several Rheumatology Journals as well as the Board of Directors of several scientific Organizations including EUSTAR and SCTC.
T. Dorner Charite University Hospital Berlin Germany
G. Espinosa Hospital Clinic Barcelona Spain Biography
Biography of G. Espinosa
Dr. Gerard Espinosa (MD PhD) is Specialist Physician in the Department of Autoimmune Diseases (Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain). Dr. Gerard Espinosa qualified in Medicine in 1991 from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and he trained in Internal Medicine at the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona from 1993 to 1998. He obtained his PhD degree in 2003 from the Universitat de Barcelona for his thesis on thrombotic mechanisms in antiphospholipid syndrome and vasculitis. Over the last 5 years, Dr. Espinosa has investigated systemic autoimmune diseases, focusing on antiphospholipid syndrome and its variant catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, Behçet’s disease, and systemic sclerosis. He has participated in several workshops and meetings as invited speaker.
A.Y. Gasparyan Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust West Midlands UK
R. Holmdahl Lund University Lund Sweden
T.W. Huizinga Leiden University Leiden The Netherlands Biography
Biography of T.W. Huizinga
Prof Huizinga currently is chairman of Reumatology at Leiden University Medical Center, the oldest university of the Netherlands.
I received my MD from the University of Amsterdam at 1986. I received in 1999 his PhD cum laude on the biochemical and functional characterization of Fc-gamma Receptors. Since 2000 I was appointed as full professor. In 2006 I became chairman of rheumatology in Leiden. My main interest is pathogenesis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and neuro-psychiatric SLE. I have (co)authored over 650 peer-reviewed articles; his H-factor is 81 and have been cited > 28.000 times and have written over 10 book chapters.
P.L. Meroni University Milan Milan Italy Biography
Biography of P.L. Meroni
Graduated at the University of Milan (1972), postgraduate training in clinical immunology in 1975, and haematology in 1979; visiting fellow at the Laboratory of Immunopathology (Prof. I. Roitt), Middlesex Hospital, London (1979); head of a Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology Unit, University Hospital in 1999. Since 2009 he has been appointed head of the Department of Rheumatology at the orthopaedic Istituto G. Pini affiliated to the University of Milan, one of the largest rheumatology departments for adult and paediatric rheumatic diseases in Italy.Dr. Meroni has been Chairman of the IUIS/WHO/AF/CDC Committee for the Standardization of Autoantibodies in Rheumatic and Related Diseases (2006-2012) and member of the ANA Task Force of the
S. Metyas University of Southern California Loss Angeles USA Biography
Biography of S. Metyas
Dr Metyas is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and has a Master’s Degree in orthopedic surgery. He has a private Rheumatology practice in Covina, CA. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Southern California (USC), Chairman of Advocacy Committee of California Rheumatology Alliance and past-president of Southern California Rheumatology Society.Dr. Metyas has multiple publications in renowned peer review journals. He had presented multiple abstracts in the American College of Rheumatology meetings as well as the European Congress of Rheumatology .Dr. Metyas is a member of The Editorial Board of Current Rheumatology Reviews Journal and The Journal of Clinical Anesthesia and Management.
Dr. Mok is the head of the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Tuen Mun Hospital. He is the past president of the Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology. His research interest is systemic lupus erythematosus and glucocorticoid-related osteoporosis. He has written more than 200 articles as the first author in top rheumatology and medical journals. Dr. Mok is on the editorial board of more than 15 rheumatology journals, and is a reviewer of more than 50 medical and rheumatology journals.
C. Montecucco University Pavia Pavia Italy
J.-O. Pers Laboratory of Immunology CHU, Brest France Biography
Biography of J.-O. Pers
Jacques-Olivier Pers is the director of the INSERM research team ERI29 “Immunotherapy and B cell pathologies". He is involved since 1997 in the field of B cells in autoimmune diseases and lymphoproliferations. His studies have yielded 150 original articles and reviews which have contributed to improve the understanding of the characterization of B cell functions in autoimmunity and most particularly in Sjögren's syndrome and the contribution of BAFF to autoimmunity.
His research group perpetuate the platform of immunopathology and immunotherapy dedicated to the study of normal and pathological B cells. Different models are studied: autoimmune diseases (Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis), lymphoproliferative disorders (chronic lymphocytic leukemia), kidney graft rejection and periodontal diseases from upstream approaches (epigenetics and autoimmunity, the genetic control of BAFF, calcium signaling, regulatory B cells) to downstream approaches (multicenter clinical trials, IVIg, valorization).
K.P. Pritzker University of Toronto Toronto, ON Canada Biography
Biography of K.P. Pritzker
Dr. Ken Pritzker is currently Chief Executive Officer, York Medtech Ventures Inc; CEO, Swan Cytologics Inc; Senior Advisor, Medical Director , Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc; Senior Advisor, Rna Diagnostics Inc. Dr. Pritzker is Vice chair, Board of Directors, Trillium Gift For Life Network. (Ontario’s organ donor organization) Dr. Pritzker is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Department of Surgery, and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto and Honorary Staff, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.Dr. Ken Pritzker served as Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto from 1986 to 2008 and subsequently as founder of Mount Sinai Services.
E. Rampakakis JSS Medical Research Montreal, QC Canada Biography
Biography of E. Rampakakis
Dr. Rampakakis has over 15 years of experience in scientific research, has contributed in the conception,
design, analysis and interpretation of more than 80 large scale, national and international, registration and
observational studies, and has contributed to 5 market approvals. He is an adjunct member of the
department of pediatrics of McGill University and has numerous peer-reviewed publications at high impact
scientific journals and presentations at international conferences. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for
over five peer-reviewed journals, grant reviewer, and advisor for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and
Y. Renaudineau Brest University Medical School CHU Morvan, Brest France Biography
Biography of Y. Renaudineau
Dr Renaudineau is a full professor, immunologist, and head of the laboratory of immunology and immunotherapy at the CHRU Morvan, Brest, France.Dr Renaudineau is member of the research team INSERM U1227 B lymphocytes and autoimmunity, of the European IMI project PRECISESADS (Molecular reclassification to find clinically useful biomarkers for systemic autoimmune diseases), of the labex IG0 (immunotherapy grand ouest), and of the epigenetic and ion channel networks from the canceropole grand ouest.Dr. Renaudineau's research interests include the role of B cells in the pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases including Sjögren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, with a special focus on autoantibodies, CD5 molecule, calcium flux and DNA methylation due to their interconnections.
E.M. Schwarz University of Rochester Rochester, NY USA
E. Taal University of Twente Enschede The Netherlands
Z. Touma University of Toronto Toronto, ON Canada Biography
Biography of Z. Touma
Dr. Zahi Touma is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician and clinician scientist in the Division of Rheumatology at Toronto Western Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr Touma’s research includes outcome measurement, particularly for systemic lupus erythematosus and including assessment of lupus disease activity, cognitive function, classification and response criteria, and patient-reported outcomes.
G. Valesini University of Roma La Sapienza Rome Italy
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M.A. Islam Universiti Sains Malaysia Kubang Kerian Malaysia Biography
Biography of M.A. Islam
Dr. Asiful Islam completed his PhD in genetics of antiphospholipid syndrome from Human Genome Centre, Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2018. Currently, he is working as a senior lecturer in the same university under the Department of Haematology. He has published around 34 (Web of Science-indexed) journal articles so far (total impact factor 2018: 107.057 citations: 554; h-index:13; i10-index: 16). He has been working as an academic editor for the journal PLOS ONE. His current major research interest includes haematological malignancies in autoimmune diseases.
L. Itani Beirut Arab University Beirut Lebanon Biography
Biography of L. Itani
Dr. Leila Itani graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1989 with an MSc
degree in Nutrition and completed a PhD focusing on Nutrition education in 2018. She has a long
teaching experience at different universities, as the Lebanese University and the Lebanese
International University and worked at American University of Beirut as a research associate. She
also served as the nutrition program coordinator at Lebanese International University. In addition,
served as a co-consultant for the herbal and dietary supplement committee at the Lebanese Ministry
of Health for several years. She joined the Beirut Arab University in 2010, and currently serving as
an assistant professor at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in the Faculty of Health Sciences
and actively involved in nutrition-related research and in the development of outreach nutrition
education interventions in community service.