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Rheumatology: Current Research
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Editorial Board

Galina Bogatkevich

Editor-in-Chief
Galina Bogatkevich
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
USA

Biography :

Dr. Galina Bogatkevich is an Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at Medical University of South Carolina, USA. She had great knowledge in the fields of Rheumatology & Pharmacology. From 1996 to 1997 she worked as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology in the Minsk Medical Institute, Belarus.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. Bogatkevich’s research interests focus on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis in scleroderma patients. The ongoing research in the laboratory can be subdivided in three major projects:

Studying thrombin and thrombin-induced signaling molecules in scleroderma lung disease. The goals of the current research in this area are to define mechanisms by which thrombin regulates C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) in lung fibroblasts and alveolar epithelial cells and to determine the role of CHOP in pulmonary fibrosis.

 Examining the role of IQ motif containing GTPase activating protein (IQGAP1) in scleroderma pulmonary fibrosis. We recently identified IQGAP1 as a protein that is consistently elevated in lung fibroblasts isolated from SSc patients. We also found that IQGAP1 expression is induced in normal lung fibroblasts exposed to connective tissue growth factor (CTGF); moreover, suppression of IQGAP1 by RNA interference decreases smooth muscle α-actin (SMA) expression and attenuates bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis. We believe that the elucidation of downstream signaling pathways of CTGF and IQGAP1 will result in the development of novel and focused therapy aimed specifically at attenuating SSc-ILD.

Understanding the role of genome in SSc-ILD. The morbidity and mortality rates in African American scleroderma patients are higher when compared with SSc patients of other races.  The goal of this project is to fill gaps in knowledge of pathophysiologic links between African American race and SSc-ILD that may account for the racial differences in SSc-ILD outcomes, and potentially other rheumatic lung disease outcomes as well.

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Charles J. Malemud

Charles J. Malemud
Professor
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
USA
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Biography :

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 in the Arthritis Research Laboratory. He has published more than 190 papers 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.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Biology of the Musculoskeletal System,
Intracellular Signal Transduction Pathways,
Inflammation,
Pro-inflammatory,
Anti-Inflammatory &Anabolic Cytokines Apoptosis,
Matrix Metalloproteinases,
Osteoarthritis,
Rheumatoid Arthritis,
Fibromyalgia,
Autoimmune Disorders

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Shinichi Kawai

Shinichi Kawai
Professor
School of Medicine
Toho University
Japan
Tel: 81-3-3762-4151
Fax: 81-3-5753-8513

Biography :

Shinichi Kawai, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Internal Medicine Omori at the Division of Rheumatology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Keio University in 1977. He was a Researcher funded by the Training Program Award of the Japanese Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the National Institute of Health NICHHD, USA, from 1984 to 1986. He was a Professor of the Institute of Medical Science, St. Marianna University in 1999, and then moved to Toho University in 2004. He holds an additional post of ViceDean of the Faculty of Medicine. He received the Japan College of Rheumatology Award in 2003 and Abbott Japan Award of Clinical Research in Rheumatology in 2009. He is a rheumatologist and also a scientist in clinical studies especially for rheumatoid arthritis. He has also conducted basic biological researches using synovial fibroblasts from the patients.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Clinical & Biological studies of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Andras Perl

Andras Perl
Professor
Department of Medicine
State University of New York
USA
Tel: 315-464-4194 

Biography :

Andras Perl received his MD and PhD from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He was trained as a resident in Internal Medicine at Semmelweis and as a fellow in Rheumatology/Immunology at the University of Rochester. He held faculty positions at Semmelweis, the University of Rochester, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, and the State University of New York (SUNY). He has been Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology since 1997, Chief of Rheumatology since 2001, and co-director of the MD/PhD Program since 2003 at SUNY In Syracuse, New York. He was listed among the Best Doctors in Central New York and in America since 2007.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His research has been focused on interactions of viruses and the host genome and signaling pathways that mediate abnormal T-cell activation in lupus. His laboratory identified the HRES-1 endogenous retrovirus, mapped it to chromosome 1q42, and recently identified Rab4 as its gene product that confers susceptibility to lupus via increased receptor recycling. His laboratory identified mitochondrial dysfunction, characterized by mitochondrial hyperpolarization (MHP) and ATP depletion, that predisposes lupus T cells to death by necrosis. Activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) serves as a sensor of MHP, regulator of receptor recycling, and target of rapamycin treatment.

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Joseph A. Markenson

Joseph A. Markenson
Professor
Department of Clinical Medicine
Cornell University
USA
Tel: 201-569-2141
Fax: 201-394-0114

Biography :

Joseph A. Markenson is professor in Department of Clinical Medicine at Cornell University Medical Center, USA. He worked as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical Center in 1976-1984 and promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in 1984-1997. He has a strong pression expertise in arthritis and some other rheumatic diseases like osteoporesis.

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Chikao Morimoto

Chikao Morimoto
Professor
The University of Tokyo
Japan
Tel: 81-3-5449-5546
Fax: 81-3-5449-5448 

Biography :

Chikao Morimoto worked as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Harvard Medical School upto 1988. Later as an Associate Professor of Medicine in the same school upto 1995. From 1995 to 2001 he occupied the visiting Professor position in the same Harvard Medical School. In the University of Texas he worked as Research Professor from 2001 to 2005.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Biologics and Rheumatic disorders
Immunology of Rheumatic disorders
Treatment of Rheumatic disorders

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Imad Uthman

Imad Uthman
Professor
Department of Clinical Medicine
American University of Beirut
USA
Tel: 961-3-379098
Fax: 961-1-370814

Biography :

Dr. Imad Uthman is a Professor of Clinical Medicine, and Head of the division of Rheumatology at the Faculty of Medicine and Medical Centre of the American University of Beirut and President of the Lebanese Society of Rheumatology.He has enough qualification and expertise in the  field of rheumatic disease treatment and research.He has worked as editor and reviewer for many international journs and houourable member of various related associations.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His Research interests include the study of the antiphospholipid syndrome, biologic therapies in rheumatic diseases and the clinical characteristics of rheumatic diseases in Lebanon.

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Chaim Putterman

Chaim Putterman
Professor
Department of Medicine and Microbiology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
USA
Tel: 718-430-4266
Fax: 718-430-8789

Biography :

Dr. Putterman Professor of Medicine and Microbiology Immunology, and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center Bronx (New York). After graduating with an MD degree from the Technion Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Putterman did his internship at Rambam Medical Center and completed his residency and chief residency is at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem. Following a Rheumatology fellowship and postdoctoral training. Dr. Putterman has remained on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he also is Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program, CoDirector of the Musculoskeletal Disease Course and Director of the Einstein Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies Center of Excellence.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. Putterman’s major research interests are in the field of immunology and autoimmune diseases and specifically the identification and characterization of novel mechanisms biomarkers and treatment approaches to inflammatory arthritis and SLE.

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Micha Abeles

Micha Abeles
Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Connecticut Health Center
USA
Tel: 860-679-3605

Biography :

Dr. Micha Abeles is a professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Interim Chief of the Division of Rheumatology. Dr. Abeles received his BA from Cornell University and his MD from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Abeles did his residency at State University of New York and his Fellowship at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine He is a board certified rheumatologist. He has done extensive research in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Dr. Abeles is a co-author of the 1990 Fibromyalgia Criteria Paper and is known for his work on osteonecrosis in systemic lupus erythematosus.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Osteonecrosis in systemic lupus erythematosus, Gout, Lyme disease, Myositis, Vasculitis, Polymyalgia rheumatica.

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Alexander J Szalai

Alexander J Szalai
Professor
Department of Medicine
The University of Alabama
USA
Tel: 205-975-6241
Fax: 205-996-6734

Biography :

Alexander J Szalai is a Senior Scientist at UAB Diabetes Research and Training Center. In 2010 he was a Scientist in UAB Center for Cardiovascular Biology. Presently he is working as a professor in the department of Medecine in University of Alabama, USA.

 Biography
Research Interest :

To understand the contribution of C-reactive protein (CRP) to maintenance of health and propagation of disease.

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Shigeki Momohara

Shigeki Momohara
Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Tokyo Womens Medical University
Japan
Tel: 81-3-5269-1725
Fax: 81-3-5269-1726

Biography :

Dr. Shigeki Momohara is an Associate director in the Institute of Rheumatology at Tokyo Women’s Medical University. Presently he is also working as a professor in the same university. Previously he worked as an Assistant Professor & Assosiate Professor in the same University. From 1990 to 1993 he was an instructor in Keio University, Japan.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Rheumatology, Joint surgery, Biochemistry of cartilage, Genomic analysis.

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John Douglas Mountz

John Douglas Mountz
Professor
Department of Medicine
The University of Alabama
USA
Tel: 205-934-8909
Fax: 205-996-6788

Biography :

Dr. Mountz is a Professor of Medicine and Physician at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Mountz received a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics and graduated Summa Cum Laude before carrying out a post-doctoral fellowship in the area of biophysics studying bilayer lipid membranes. Dr. Mountz then received an MD from Ohio State University and carried out an internship of residency and a one-year fellowship in Internal Medicine in Rheumatology. Dr. Mountz was a research staff fellow at the National Institutes of Health for five years and also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Naval Bethesda Medical Center. Dr. Mountz continues an active research program in arthritis and other autoimmune diseases in both mice and humans.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. John Mountz has identified that germinal center development is promoted by high levels of TH-17 and IL-17 in autoimmune BXD2 mice. IL-17 signals through the IL-17R receptor in B cells resulting in increased classical NF-kB pathway activation that activates several genes, including regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) 13 and 16. Upregulation of RGS genes impairs signaling through CXCR4/CXCL12 and CXCR5/CXCL13 to arrest migration and movement of T cells and B cells, which enables prolonged and stable interaction of B cells and CD4 T cells.

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Robert Taylor Schoen

Robert Taylor Schoen
Professor
Department of Medicine
Yale University
USA

Biography :

Robert T. Schoen, M.D., M.B.A. is a clinical professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital. He practices rheumatology at New Haven Rheumatology. Dr. Schoen received his B.A. from Harvard College, his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed an internal medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. He trained in rheumatology as a research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Schoen is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. He is also current president of the Connecticut Rheumatology Association.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Rheumatology, Immunology, Spondyloarthropathies, Lyme disease.

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Anthony Kenneth Peter Jones

Anthony Kenneth Peter Jones
Professor
Human Pain Research Group
Hope Hospital
UK
Tel: 0161-206-4266
Fax: 0161-206-4687

Biography :

Anthony Jones is professor of Neuro-rheumatology at Manchester University and leads the Human Pain Research Group. Whilst at the Hammersmith Hospital he pioneered the development of techniques to image neurochemical and metabolic brain responses to pain using Positron Emission Tomography. Over the last twenty years he has used a number of functional brain imaging techniques to understand the normal and abnormal mechanisms of pain perception. There is now the exciting prospect of using some of the insights gained in these studies to develop new approaches to pharmacological and cognitive interventions for chronic pain. He also leads the International Association for the Study of Pain Musculoskeletal Pain Taskforce, and has led the development of National and International Guidelines on the Integrated Management of Musculoskeletal Pain (jointly sponsored by the BSR and the IASP).

 Biography
Research Interest :

His main current goals are to use the current understanding of pain perception to encourage more rational use of current therapies and to develop new therapies.

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Julie Schwartzman Morris

Julie Schwartzman Morris
Director
Division of Rheumatology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
USA

Biography :

Dr. Julie Schwartzman Morris is a Director of Arthritis Clinic in Jacobi Medical Center and NCB Hospital. She is also a Director in Lupus Clinic, Jacobi Medical Center. Previously she also worked as an Associate Director for a Rheumatology Fellowship Program.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Psoriatic Arthritis, SLE.

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Daniel Eric Furst

Daniel Eric Furst
Professor
Medical Center
University of California
USA

Biography :

Daniel E. Furst is the first Carl M. Pearson Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Medical Center. Dr. Furst received his MD from Johns Hopkins University and two fellowships (Rheumatology in clinical pharmacology). Dr. Furst has been on a number of national committees concerned with rheumatic therapeutics. He recently was co-leader of the ACR recommendations for the use of non-biologic and biologic therapies in RA and is a Master of the ACR.. Dr. Furst has published more than 450 articles and 14 books, including more than 220 research articles. 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. Furst’s areas of research interest include the clinical pharmacology of anti-rheumatic drugs and biologics, and the pathophysiology and treatment of systemic sclerosis.

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Petros Efthimiou

Petros Efthimiou
Chief of Rheumatology
Department of Rheumatology
Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center
USA

Biography :

Petros Efthimiou, MD, is the Chief of Rheumatology at Lincoln Medical Mental Health Center and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Efthimiou graduated from the University of Ioannina Medical School summa cum laude and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Brown University and a fellowship in Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery or Weill Cornell Medical Center. Prior to his current position he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Rheumatology clinic at New Jersey Medical School UMDNJ.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His main research interests include the pathophysiology and management of autoinflammatory syndromes, especially Adult-Onset Still’s Disease (AOSD), as well as the use of targeted treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and the inflammatory myopathies.

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Elliot Rosenstein

Elliot Rosenstein
Associate Professor
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
USA
Tel: 908-598-7940
Fax: 908-598-5447

Biography :

Elliot Rosenstein is the Director of the Institute for Rheumatic & Autoimmune Disease at Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ. Associate Clinical Professor Clinical Immunology Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor Rheumatology NYU School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor Periodontics New Jersey Dental School. He received his Medical Doctorate from Mount Sinai School of Medicine 1978 with postgraduate training in internal medicine and rheumatology at New York University 1978-1984. He is the former President of the New Jersey Rheumatology Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Arthritis FoundationNJ Chapter. He received the Catherine and Gilbert Miller Fellowship of the New York Arthritis Foundation and the Thomas P Infusino Lectureship of the Lautenberg Center for General Tumor Immunology. He is former contributing editor of postgraduate advances in Rheumatology and Year Book of Rheumatology. He has published over 65 articles reviews and chapters on a variety of rheumatologic and immunologic topics.

 Biography
Research Interest :

The role of periodontal pathogens in the etiopathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis; Immunotherapies for rheumatoid arthritis; Mechanisms of autoimmunity; Lymphoproliferative diseases complicating inflammatory disorders; Sjogrens syndrome

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Azizul Haque

Azizul Haque
Associate Professor
Microbiology and Immunology
Medical University of South Carolina
USA

Biography :

Dr. Haque is an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and a full member of Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC. He is also a full member of American Association for Cancer Research and American Association of Immunologists. Research interests include autoimmunity, transplantation and tumor immunology. Dr. Haque’s expertise is tapped by National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), Leukemia & lymphoma Society (LLS), Florida Department of Health, and MUSC for grant reviews. He serves as a reviewer for Journal of Immunology, Arthritis Research and Therapy, Circulation, Immunology, Cellular Immunology and Differentiation to name a few. He also serves as an Editorial Board Member for Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology, and Open Journal of Cell Biology. Dr. Haque’s work is supported by the NIH/NCI, DoD, LLS, ACS, and ALA, and has resulted in dozens of peer-reviewed publications.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. Haque\'s  main areas of research  interest are tumor immunobiology, autoimmunity and transplantation.

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Abbe N. de Vallejo

Abbe N. de Vallejo
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics and Immunology
University of Pittsburgh
USA

Biography :

Dr. de Vallejo is currently tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He holds academic appointments at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. He obtained his graduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He completed postdoctoral training in Molecular Immunology, and in Rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. de Vallejo is member of the American College of Rheumatology, the American Association of Immunologists, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. de Vallejo’s research program is in the area of Immunobiology of Inflammatory Syndromes and Aging. Research activities are predominantly human-oriented, and highly collaborative. Disease-related projects focus on adult rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and juvenile dermatomyositis. Biogerontology-related projects focus on immune cell senescence, immune regulation of lifespan, and systems biology of exceptional longevity.

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Xiaodong Zhou

Xiaodong Zhou
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical School
USA
Tel: 713-500-6088
Fax: 713-500-0580

Biography :

Xiaodong Zhou MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of TexasMedical School at Houston. He also is a director of Research Laboratory in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics Division He has been studying rheumatic diseases over 12 years. His research activities have been supported by National Institutes of Health NIH Department of Defense, Scleroderma Foundation, University of Texas Houston and private donations.

 Biography
Research Interest :

His major research interests focus on chronic autoimmune diseases and autoinflammatory diseases such as systemic sclerosis, ankylosing spondylitis, myositis etc.

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Jasvinder A. Singh

Jasvinder A. Singh
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
University of Alabama
USA
Tel: 205-996-5855
Fax: 205-996-9685

Biography :

Dr. Singh is a rheumatologist-epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a staff physician at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.He is associated with many rheumatology associations ans has served as a editor and reviewer in many reputed journals.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Dr. Singh research interests include systematic reviews and meta-analyses of treatments for arthritis, outcomes research in patients with osteoarthritis, gout and joint replacement focused on patient-reported outcomes, quality of care assessment and development of treatment recommendations and quality indicators.

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Lei Wei

Executive Editor
Lei Wei
Department of Orthopaedics
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
USA
Tel: 401-793-8384

Biography :

Dr. Lei Wei got MD from China and my Ph.D from Karolinska Institute from Stockholm, Sweden. I am working at Department of Orthopaedics, Brown Medical School since year 2002..He ahs a strong professional background in rheumatoid arthritis,its pathogenesis and treatment.He has served as editor in many international journals.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Lei Wie research interests have included regulation of chondrocyte maturation and axial skeletal development, the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis to develop new diagnostic tools and therapies. The scientific approach includes clinical studies in collaboration with the divisions of Rheumatology and Orthopedic Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital, laboratory research on human patient tissues, transgenic mice, surgery induced animal models, cell and molecular biology.

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Atsushi Tanaka

Atsushi Tanaka
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Teikyo University
Japan
Tel: 81-3-3964-1211
Fax: 81-3-3964-6627

Biography :

Atsushi Tanaka is an Assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Teikyo University School of Medicine. His main area of expertise is confined in primary billary cirrhosis and its related research.He is serving as editor for many journals.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Adult diseases
Primary biliary cirrhosis

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Michael Patrick Keith

Michael Patrick Keith
Associate Professor
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda
USA
Tel:703-875-2912

Biography :

Dr. Michael Keith graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Keith served as the Chief of Medical Residents and then practiced general internal medicine for three years. He then completed his fellowship training in Rheumatology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He was selected as one of 12 Distinguished Fellows by the American College of Rheumatology in 2006. Dr. Keith currently serves as the Chief of Rheumatology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and is a fellow in the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians. His clinical research interests include the role preclinical autoimmunity in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus and the possible link between anthrax vaccinations and the development of autoimmune disease. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University and is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Auto immune Disease
Connective tissue disorders
Vaccination

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Guangjie Chen

Guangjie Chen
Associate professor
Department of Immunology
Shanghai JiaoTong University
China

 

Biography :

Dr. Guangjie Chen had started her career in Shanghai JiaoTong University, School of Medicine,China as an assiatant professor in 1991 and served as lecturer from 1996 to 2004 and is working as an associate professor since 2004. She has already published over 16 publication and worked as reviewer for many reputed journals internationaly.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Immunological mechanisms of autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple sclerosis and Crohn\'s disease; Therapeutic strategies

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Inger Mechlenburg

Inger Mechlenburg
Associate Professor
Aarhus University Hospital
Denmark
Tel: +45 5115 6585
Fax: +45 8949 7429

Biography :

 Dr. Inger Mechlenburg is the associate professor of Master of Health Science program, Aarhus University, Denmark. She has completed her Ph.D from Aarhus University, Denmark. She has already published over 20 papers in international journals and working as editorial board member and reviewer of many reputed journals. In her career, she has received national and international honorary awards.

 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Joint preserving surgery, shoulder artroplasty, rehabilitation, Imaging (MRI, CT, RSA, DXA, US, PET) and stereology

 

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Reem Hamdy Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim

Reem Hamdy Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim
Assistant Professor
Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Department
Cairo University
Egypt

Biography :

Dr. Reem Hamdy Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim is a graduate and trainee of Kasr Alainy School of Medicine in the year 1995 getting excellent grades with honor.Kasr Alainy School of medicine is one of the biggest teaching institutes in the Middle East. The hospital accommodates more than 2000 beds and during training as house officer she acquired a good experience in internal medicine, surgery as well as the different specialties.She had her Rheumatology residency in the same hospital from 1997-2000 during which she has been seeing between 50-100 patients in the out-patient clinic on daily basis. Then she got her master degree and MD as well as PhD in the same organization (straight shooter) in the year 2004. She has a long term experience in the field of Rheumatology and Rheumatology research. She also shared as speaker as well as chairperson in international rheumatology conferences.During her assignment as lecturer of rheumatology she performed and organized postgraduates as well as undergraduates teaching programs using advanced communication and teaching skills.At 2010 she was promoted to assistant professor till current time and was also recognized by the ACR as an international fellow member of the American College of Rheumatology, as well as member of the Saudi society, the Egyptian and the British Societies of Rheumatology.During the period from 2010 till 2013 she served as the consultant in charge of the rheumatology section in one of the biggest hospitals in KSA Al-hada Armed Forces hospital, during which she was running 4 clinics per week ( managing RA, SLE, vasculitis, seronegative arthropathies, osteoporosis, spine problems, OA and applying the most updated management strategies). During serving in Alhada Hospital she arranged for, successfully initiated and managed a biologic infusion room for the administration of biologic drugs regularly once per week, with establishment of guidelines for the introduction and use of biologics in rheumatology practice in patients at Al-hada hospital based on the 2012-2013 ACR recommendations. The first consultant to establish regular injection clinics for local soft tissue as well as intra-articular injection weekly in the same organization. During this period in KSA, she had the chance to be the first Rheumatologist to organize and co-chair the First Arthritis Day at Alhada, hosting eminent guest speakers. She represented the hospital in a variety of scientific meetings and undergone 3 researches that were published and presented sequentially over the past three years in international Rheumatology conferences and Journals.She had received the advanced rheumatology training course arranged by NYU/USA in 2012 and 2013, as well as the ultrasound in rheumatology courses arranged by NYU school of medicine and the American College of Rheumatology.She had also worked in advanced Rheumatology inpatient and outpatient settings with good experience in almost all types of biologic therapies for autoimmune diseases.She has good managerial experience in the field of medicine, served as the consultant in charge of the Rheumatology department in one of the biggest military hospitals in KSA (Alhada Armed Forces Hospital).She shared in two international book publications in the field of vasculitis the most recent being February 2013.She has actively participated in many of the international rheumatology scientific conferences latest is EULAR 2013, and nature neuroscience conference June 2013.She is the member of the editorial board and scientific advisory board of a number of peer reviewed journals in the field of immunology and rheumatology, a peer reviewer in others.She also has a good experience in medical statistics.

 Biography
Research Interest :

Rheumatology and Rehabilitation; Vasculitis; Musculoskeletal Diseases

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Yupeng Chen

Yupeng Chen
Department of Orthopaedics
Brown University
USA
Tel: 401-533-7561

Biography :

Dr. Yupeng Chen obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from Brown University, USA. He then joined Orthopaedic Department, Rhode Island Hospital/Brown medical school for medical research on biomaterials and drug delivery. Tilldate, Dr. Chen has accomplished 13 peer-reviewed articles/conference proceedings and 3 book chapters. In addition, he has delivered 18 scientific conference presentations. In 2010 Society For Biomaterials annual conference, he received the STAR Awards. Dr. Chen also generates valuable output for industry. He is an inventor of two patents and parts of his research have licensed to companies (Nanovis, IN and Audax, MA) for commercialization. NBC Nightly News reported his research about nanomaterials for bone healing in 2007. For editorial experience, Dr. Chen was appointed as an editor for the International Journal of Case Reports and Images (ISSN 0976-3198) and an associate editor for the Biosensors Journal (ISSN 2090-4959). He also serves as an external reviewer for Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Commission and a co-chair in Biomedical Engineering Society annual conference, Hartford 2011.
 

 Biography
Research Interest :

Studying advanced biomaterials and drug/gene delivery technology for treating joint diseases.

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Sebnem Ataman

Sebnem Ataman
Chief of Rheumatology Division
PM&R Department
Ankara University
Turkey

Biography :

Professor Ataman, MD, PhD received her degree in medicine from Ankara University School of Medicine in 1986 and worked at the Ankara Dışkapı Social Security Hospital in 1987. She received her graduate degree in “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation” from the Ankara University School of Medicine in 1991 and received her graduate degree in Rheumatology from the Ankara University School of Medicine in 1994.Professor Ataman continues to serve as the Chief of Rheumatology Division of PM&R Department and the Faculty Member of Medical Education and Informatives Department at Ankara University School of Medicine. She has been the President of the Turkish League Against Rheumatism Society of the years 2008-1013. She is a member of National Committee for Rheumatology Curriculum that it has been developed by Ministry of Health. She is also the national member of UEMS Rheumatology since 2011. Professor Ataman had lead the Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Group since 2003 and has worked in a number of areas including a long term TLAR- Rheumatoid Arthritis and and Ankylosing Spondylitis Registry projects in Turkey and the establishment of a TLAR- 2011 Recommendations and a TLAR-2014 expert opinion for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis.Professor Ataman has served as a member of several education commitees and she is editorial board of several national journals. She has published several papers and acted in key leadership roles in a variety of research projects both nationally and internationally.Dr. Ataman’s special interests include inflammatory arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathies.

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Research Interest :

Inflammatory arthritis; Rheumatoid arthritis; Spondyloarthropathies.

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Xiaoli Li

Xiaoli Li
Department of Rheumatology
University of Alabama
USA
Tel: 205-996-4477
Fax: 205-975-4404

Biography :

Dr. Xiaoli Li is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1992 he completed his Ph.D.in the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has co-authored many articles which are been published in various international journals.He also serves as an editor and reviewer in many reputed journals.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Li′s major research interest is investigation of biological effects of Fcγ Receptor polymorphisms. Elucidation of the biological functions mediated by Fcγ Receptors.

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MARIA AZIZ

MARIA AZIZ
PRI-MED CARE
Lewisville
Texas
USA

Biography :

Dr.Aziz is an Eminent Scientist in Medical Science. She is specialist & trained in Research works in Rheumatologist/Immunologistinvolving evaluation, physical and laboratory diagnosis, and management of disorders involving the immune system ,such as Rheumatoid Arthritis ,asthma, anaphylaxis, rhinitis, eczema, and adverse reactions to drugs, foods, and insect stings as well as immune deficiency diseases (both acquired and congenital), defects in host defense, and problems related to autoimmune disease, organ transplantation or malignancies of the immune system. A cognitive specialist with in depth knowledge in Autoimmune diseases and connective tissue disorders She is an internationally known expert who has served in several leadership positions at acclaimed Research organizations.She is the Editor Board in peer review International Journals Dr. Aziz has published more than 40 scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts. A highly gifted and enthusiastic Physician-Scientist with solid knowledge and enormous experience in grant preparation, manuscript preparation, operating clinical research projects and conducting clinical trials, and data analysis as an independent investigator.

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Research Interest :

Lyme disease,Osteoarthritis,lupus,Behcet’s syndrome,osteoporosis,synovial tissue disorders

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Andreea Bujor

Andreea Bujor
Department of Rheumatology
Boston University
USA
Tel: 617-638-7503
Fax: 617-638-5226

Biography :

Dr. Andreea Bujor is a Research Assistant Professor in Boston University Medical Center at Boston. She is a member in the American College of Rheumatology. She is associated with many international Rheumatology association and acts as reviewer and editor for a number of international journals.

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Research Interest :

Collagen gene regulation in human dermal fibroblasts.

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Rohit Aggarwal

Rohit Aggarwal
Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
University of Pittsburgh
USA
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Biography :

Rohit Aggarwal, MD, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University of Pittsburgh. He is also the CoDirector of the Myositis Clinical which is a center of excellence for myositis clinical patient care and research at University of Pittsburgh. He did his training in Internal Medicine at University of Pittsburgh and completed Rheumatology fellowship from Rush University Medical College. His background includes a Masters of Science in Clinical Research.

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Dr. Aggarwal’s research interests have focused on clinical, epidemiologic and serologic studies of the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies as well as associated interstitial lung diseases. He is also a co-investigator in NIH sponsored multi-center trial of rituximab treatment in myositis. He is currently actively involved in several clinical trial and collaborative studies on myositis including serological biomarkers in myositis, response and outcome studies on myositis, and mechanisms of response and relapse in rituximab-treated myositis patients.

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Irene Blanco

Irene Blanco
Division of Rheumatology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
USA
Tel.: 718-430-8583
Fax: 718-430-8803

Biography :

Irene Blanco, M.D., M.S., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. She completed her medical studies at Einstein; after which she went onto her internal medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Campus. She then returned to Einstein for her rheumatology fellowship, simultaneously completing a Master’s in Clinical Research and has since become part of the faculty. Her research seeks to improve the clinician’s ability to predict and ultimately improve the outcome of lupus nephritis (LN), A potentially devastating complication of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. The potential for screening and treatment to improve outcomes of LN is demonstrated by increased life expectancy. However, biomarkers currently used to follow disease activity do not always correlate with disease activity.

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Research Interest :

Dr. Blanco’s research seeks to find new biomarkers for Lupus Nephritis (LN) that better correlate with disease activity, leading to early diagnosis and treatment.

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Anura Hewagama

Anura Hewagama
Division Rheumatology
University of Michigan
USA

Biography :

Dr.Anura Hewagama is the Professor of Division of Rheumatology,University of Michigan.He has completed his Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Wayne State University, Detroit during 1992-1999.He has completed his Master of Science degree in Chemistry from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti during 1990-1992.He is an MHealthy Wellness Champion(2010-2012)- University of Michigan.He is associated with American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biophysical Society.He has over 10 peer reviewed publication in different journals.

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His current research project is in the Division of Rheumatology at University of Michigan is aimed at evaluating genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in autoimmune diseases (such as Lupus). The project integrates multidisciplinary efforts which involve basic science and clinical research investigators to elucidate pathogenic mechanisms using state-of-the-art technologies.His scopes of responsibilities as a specialist in bench sciences with expertise in bioinformatics include building a bridge between clinical scientist, bench scientist and bioinformatics specialist to help identify the key molecular targets in disease mechanisms. Hecollaborates closely with the DNA sequencing core, microarray core and the Bioinformatics groups of the University of Michigan. The ultimate goal of his project is to discover and validate molecular biomarkers for clinical diagnostics and to integrate the functions of these biomarkers in understanding molecular, cellular and pathophysiological mechanisms of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. As a Biochemist and molecular biologist, he designs and execute experiments to explore the associations of epigenetic changes such as DNA methylation on gene expression profiles.  As a Bioinformatics specialist, he uses these gene expression data to computationally predict affected cellular pathways contributing to disease mechanisms. Technologies involved in these research projects are: Real time quantitative PCR, microRNA expression profiling, Affymetrix microarray, Affinity enrichment of methyl DNA, DNA sequencing, and traditional protein assay methods such as ELISA, flow cytometry and western blotting. 

His most recent research focuses on the role of microRNAs whose expression is regulated by epigenetic factors such as DNA methylation. MicroRNAs are about 20 nucleotide long short RNA molecules which act post-transcriptional regulators. Initial studies include the assessment of the down regulation of the target protein levels in CD4+ T cells from lupus patients associated with microRNA overexpression. They have identified several affected immunosuppressive pathways with potential contributions to autoreactive phenotype of the patient CD4+ T cells. The ultimate goal of the project is to design microRNA based therapeutics for human lupus. 
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Vasileios C. Kyttaris

Vasileios C. Kyttaris
Department of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Harvard Medical School
USA
Tel: 617-735-4162
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Biography :

Dr. Vasileios C. Kyttaris worked as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of the Health Sciences at Bethesda from 2004 to 2006. Later he was an instructor in Harvard Medical School at Boston upto 2008. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in Medicine Harvard Medical School, Boston.

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Research Interest :

My research interests are Rheumatic diseases and in particular SLE. I am also interested in basic immunology and in particular T cell signaling.

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Andrew Kinloch

Andrew Kinloch
Knapp Center for Lupus & Immunology Research
University of Chicago
USA

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Dr. Andrew kinloch, Ph.D has started his career as B.Sc(Hons)Immunology from University of Glasgow, UK. In 2003 he joined MGH Cancer Center, Harvard University as research trainee. He has recieved his Ph.D  in 2007 for the research on "Discovery of citrullinated antigens targeted by antibodies produced by patients with RA, including citrullinated alpha-enolase. Epitope mapping of citrullinated alpha-enolase and co-inventor of CEP-1 peptide used for detection of RA specific antibodies. Demonstration of the synovial fluid as an extracellular niche in which citrullinated antigens are generated."Presently he is working as a Senoir Post Doctoral Scholar and faculty member in Knapp Center for Lupus & ImmunologyResearch, USA. he is the patent owner with registration no. EP2115134 A1 for the invention of "methods of diagnosing, prognosing, preventing or delaying onset of or treating rheumatoid arthritis, methods of distinguishing between different types or stages of rheumatoid arthritis, of identifying an individual at risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and of monitoring efficacy of a treatment regime in an individual being treated for rheumatoid arthritis, using a citrullinated enolase peptide to detect or capture antibodies associated with rheumatoid arthritis."

 

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Research Interest :

Generation of monoclonal antibodies from kidney tissue of patients with lupus tubulointerstitial nephritis; Antigen characterization; Mouse model development and serological assay development.

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Tamer A Gheita

Tamer A Gheita
Professor of Rheumatology
Faculty of Medicine
Cairo University
Egypt

Biography :

Prof. Gheita is a professor of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at Kasr Al-Ainy School of Medicine, Cairo University. He is a distinguished Rheumatology consultant at many worldwide hospitals with Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation. He has authored 100+ publications in top ranked international journals; coeditor of 10+ scientific books internationally published mostly in the field of Rheumatology; supervised on and discussed 25+ MD and MSc theses and was acknowledged by many of his colleagues for his guidance and help in their work. Has shared in a big data Sjögren’s syndrome project: EULAR-SS Task Force International Network (2015) and actively participated in 100+ regional and international conferences and is considered a notable speaker. Prof. Gheita is head of the rheumatology department’s committee for postgraduate studies syllabuses and a member of many specialized societies in the field of Rheumatology, Immunology, Osteoporosis and Orthopedics. He is Treasurer of the Egyptian Society of Rheumatic Diseases since 2011 which is the largest and finest of its kind in the Middle East and Africa; represents Egypt as an EMerging EULAR NETwork (EMEUNET) member and is also member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), Nyon, Switzerland. Since 2008, Prof. Gheita is a Cairo University Faculty of Medicine control member for postgraduate exams.

He is a member of the Committee On Publication Ethics (COPE), member of the Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME), member of the Asian Council of Science Editors (ACSE), Editor in-Chief of the Egyptian Rheumatologist (Elsevier), Editorial Board Member of 25 International Journals (as the International J of Rheumatic Diseases, European J of Rheumatology, Annals of Pediatric Rheumatology, African J of Rheumatology) and is on the review board of 70+ international journals in the field of Medicine, Rheumatology, Clinical Immunology and Pharmacology and reviewed the 6th edition of ‘Rheumatology’ and 7th edition of ‘Pediatric Rheumatology’ textbooks Elsevier. He shared in the scientific and organizing committee of several regional and international conferences. Attended and successfully passed the courses held by Faculty and Leadership Development center Program (FLDP), Cairo University recognized by the International Board of Certified Trainers (IBCT), The Netherlands. He holds the Platinum BMJ learning high-usage certificate, for successfully accomplishing rheumatology modules. He has acceptable computer skills (ICDL, UNESCO, USA, 2009).

Certificates of excellence were awarded for his effort in endorsing the practice of Rheumatology in regional countries, for his outstanding performance on attending many medical convoys to underprivileged communities and for sharing in lectures for junior MOH physicians all over Egypt. Prof. Gheita served with honor as a member of the medical technical committee establishing the children’s cancer hospital (57357) in Cairo (2005-2006). Professor Gheita studied and attended his school in London, UK. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University (December 1993) (Excellent with grade of Honors), attained the M.Sc degree (1997) with an excellent grade and successfully received his MD degree (2003). He is an active Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology Professor since 2013. He is a certified EULAR rheumatologist and successfully passed the 2 year Rheumatology course international exam held by the EULAR; Zürich, Switzerland.

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Rheumatology, Immunology, Osteoporosis and Orthopedics

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Oleg Nadashkevich

Oleg Nadashkevich
Professor
Department of Medicine
Lviv National Medical University
Ukraine
Tel: 38-097-2496042

Biography :

Professor Oleg Nadashkevich is known as recipient of the Metro Ogryzlo International Fellowship in Rheumatology (1994). Twice was a Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology. In 2003 – Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Rheumatology / Immunology at the University of Calgary (both Canada).
Professor Nadashkevich has published in the international peer reviewed press primarily on the subjects of systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) and spondyloarthritis.
Professor Nadashkevich is a member of the Editorial Boards of several international journals on rheumatology and dermatology, including Clinical Rheumatology and Advances in Dermatology and Allergology. He is also actively involved in the number of international scientific research groups, such as the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society, European Scleroderma Trial and Research, Scleroderma Clinical Trials Consortium.

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Recently, Professor Nadashkevich has been deeply studying Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis and Systemic Sclerosis (Scleroderma).

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Darko Bosnakovski

Darko Bosnakovski
Department of Medical Sciences
Goce Delcev University
R. Macedonia

Biography :

Dr. Darko Bosnakovski received his PhD from Hokkaido University, Japan. He completed his Postdoctoral training at Southwestern Medical Centre in USA. From 2005 to 2008 he worked as a Research associate in Southwestern Medical Center & University of Minnesota, USA. Previously he worked as an Assistant professor of Veterinary medicine in St. Kliment Ohridski University. Presently he is an Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences at Goce Delcev University.

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Adult and embryonic stem cells, chondrogenesis, myogenesis, muscular dystrophy, animal models, cell differentiation, osteoarthritis.

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