About this event

  • Date and time Mon 4 May 2020 from 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Rheumatology and Rehabilitation

This webinar will be conducted in a Question and Answer format with Dr Jessica Manson, Consultant Rheumatologist at UCLH, being questioned by Dr Stephanie Kaye-Barrett, Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist. 

Cytokine storms are a common complication not only of COVID-19 and flu but of other respiratory diseases caused by coronaviruses such as SARS and MERS. 

Please submit any questions ahead of this meeting via rheumatology@rsm.ac.uk.   

Topics and questions that will be covered:  

  • A description of a 'cytokine storm', and which rheumatic diseases do we see it in?
  • How many and what is the percentage of COVID-19 patients who get a cytokine storm  
  • What is the mortality and morbidity from this? And is this the main reason why patients need to go to ICU? 
  • Can we intervene with cytokine blocking drugs? 
  • What impact might this have on the progress of severely ill (close to death) COVID-19 patients 
  • There will be a brief mention of trials for cytokine blockers for COVID-19, cytokine storm 

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.


Special rates for difficult times

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.


*Please note: Once you have booked you will receive the webinar link on the day of the webinar.

Key speakers

Jessica Manson

Dr Jessica Manson

Consultant Rheumatologist at University College Hospital, London

Speaker's biography

Dr Jessica Manson is a consultant rheumatologist at University College Hospital, London. She is a general rheumatologist with a wide clinical practice, and a special interest in acute rheumatology and hyper-inflammation.


Her PhD focused on lupus nephritis, and more recent research on the aetiopathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. She created, and co-chairs, a national group to improve outcome for patients with HLH (HASC, the HLH across speciality collaboration) and also chairs a multi-disciplinary HLH group at UCLH.

Stephanie Kaye-Barrett

Dr Stephanie Kaye-Barrett

Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist

Speaker's biography

Dr Stephanie Kaye-Barrett is a rheumatologist consultant, specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatological disorders.


She is currently Medical Director at the Chelsea Rheumatology Clinic and is a trained appraiser for the Independent Doctors Federation. Prior to this she was the clinical lead rheumatologist at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for eight years.


Stephanie has sat on various governance and leadership committees at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and played a major part in teaching in her role as Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College.


Her current project, with the Royal College of Physicians, is to provide rheumatology training for physicians working in developing countries, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Medicine.



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