About this event

  • Date and time Tue 20 Sep 2022 from 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Rheumatology and Rehabilitation

By looking back at the work of Professor David Isenberg, attendees will receive a detailed review of advances in our understanding of autoimmune rheumatic diseases (ARDs).

We will explore the pathogenesis, clinical features, treatment and outcomes of ARDs including lupus, myositis, Sjögren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. Our speakers will ensure that attendees are provided with the most up-to-date understanding of ARDs and their therapy options.  

Attend this event to:

  • Understand the most effective methods for assessing ARDs
  • Gain a better understanding of the current knowledge of immunopathology
  • Explore key advances in therapy options


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor David Isenberg, Arthritis Research Diamond Jubilee Professor of Rheumatology, University College London

A few words on behalf of the University College London Medical School

Professor Derek Gilroy, Acting Head, Division of Medicine, University College London

A few words on behalf of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Debajit Sen, Consultant Paediatric, Adolescent and Adult Rheumatologist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Clinical Professor, Division of Medicine, University College London

Session 1

Chairs: Professor Peter Lydyard, Emeritus Professor of Immunology, University College London and Dr Debajit Sen

Long term outcomes in the University College London Hospitals lupus cohort

Professor Anisur Rahman, Professor of Rheumatology, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

It started with myositis...

Professor Geraldine Cambridge, Research Fellow, University College London

Muscle, music and matches

Professor Michael Hanna, Senior Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

David and Fred’s excellent adventures in myositis

Professor Frederick Miller, Scientist Emeritus, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

A journey through obstetric rheumatology: From here to maternity

Professor Ian Giles, Professor of Rheumatology, Centre for Rheumatology Research, University College London

DOACs and APS: Back to the future

Professor Hannah Cohen, Consultant Haematologist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Haematology, University College London

Tea and coffee break

Session 2

Chairs: Professor John Morrow, Human Microbiome Centre, King’s College London and Professor Pat Woo, Emeritus Professor, Paediatric Rheumatology, University College London

What have fats got to do with it?

Professor Liz Jury, Professor of Experimental Rheumatology, University College London

Making a song and dance about steroids

Professor Liz Lightstone, Professor of Renal Medicine, Imperial College London

B cell depletion therapy: Past, present and future

Dr Ed Vital, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Leeds

Advancing knowledge in SLE: The game is about glory

Professor Ian Bruce, Professor of Rheumatology, University of Manchester

Clinical coronary artery disease in SLE: Newer concepts

Professor Murray Urowitz, Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Lupus: Tracking the butterfly and the wolf

Professor Caroline Gordon, Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology, University of Birmingham

Lunch break

Session 3

Chairs: Professor Peter Maddison, Professor Emeritus, School of Medical Sciences, Bangor University and Dr Michael Snaith, Retired Rheumatologist

David and the adolescent journey

Professor Lucy Wedderburn, Professor in Paediatric Rheumatology, Institute of Child Health, University College London

Antibodies, brain and colleagues

Professor Betty Diamond, Professor, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research

Cognitive dysfunction in SLE: Single-center cohort presentation

Dr Raquel Faria, Consultant in Internal Medicine, Unidade de Imunologia Clínica, Portugal

To: David Isenberg From: The SLICCest view

Dr Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, Gallagher Research Professor of Rheumatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, USA

Tea and coffee break

Session 4

Chairs: Professor David Latchman, Vice-Chancellor, Birkbeck, University of London and Professor Marc Feldmann

Dr Isenberg I presume: A chance meeting in the jungle of lupus trials

Dr Joan Merrill, Professor of Medicine, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, University of Oklahoma

I think you are treating the wrong organs!

Professor Claudia Mauri, Professor of Immunology, Centre for Rheumatology and Bloomsbury Rheumatology Unit, University College London

Solar power: The sun and lupus

Professor Keith Elkon, Professor of Medicine and Immunology, University of Washington, USA

Can 'Haifa Road' be a substitute for Abbey Road?

Professor Alexandra Balbir-Gurman, Director, Rheumatology Institute, Ramjbam Health Care Campus

Advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis - the next 50 years

Professor John Isaacs, Professor of Clinical Rheumatology, Newcastle University and Associate Medical Director, Research, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Lupus in Africa: A unicorn?

Dr Dzifa Dey, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana Medical School and Consultant Rheumatologist, Korlebu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana

Back to the future: When this baby hits autoantibodies you are going to see some serious (SLE)DAI

Professor Michael Ehrenstein, Professor of Experimental Rheumatology, University College London and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Closing remarks

Professor David Isenberg

Close of meeting
Drinks reception


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