Speakers

  • Assoc Prof. Keith Lim

    Melbourne University | Australia

  • Assoc Prof. Mitsuhiro Kawano

    Kanazawa University Hospital | Japan

  • Assoc Prof. Soamarat Vilaiyuk

    Thailand

  • Assoc Prof. Ying Ying Leung

    Singapore General Hospital | Singapore

  • Atsuko Murashima

    National Center for Child Health and Development | Japan

  • Dr Aisha Lateef

    Woodlands Health Campus | Singapore

  • Dr Asami Abe

    Niigata Rheumatic Center | Japan

  • Dr Ashish Jacob Mathew

    Christian Medical College, Vellore | India

  • Dr Chi Chiu Mok

    Tuen Mun Hospital | Hong Kong

  • Dr Christine Bernal

    UST Hospital and Cardinal Santos Medical Center | Philippines

  • Dr Durga Misra

    Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute Of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow |India

  • Dr Fumitaka Mizoguchi

    Tokyo Medical and Dental University | Japan

  • Dr Julie Yu

    University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery | Philippines

  • Dr Junichi Kikuta

    Osaka University | Japan

  • Dr Ka Wing Gavin Lee

    Rheumatology Center of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital | Hong Kong

  • Dr Katsuya Suzuki

    Keio University | Japan

  • Dr Kei Ikeda

    Chiba University Hospital | Japan

  • Dr Kuo-Lung Lai

    Taichung Veterans General Hospital (TCVGH) | Taiwan

  • Dr Laniyati Hamijoyo

    University Of Padjadjaran | Indonesia

  • Dr Latika Gupta

    Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute Of Medical Sciences Lucknow | India

  • Dr Mami Tamai

    Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences | Japan

  • Dr Masaki Shimizu

    Tokyo Medcial And Dental University | Japan

  • Dr Motohisa Yamamoto

    The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo | Japan

  • Dr Ruchika Goel

    Christian Medical College, Vellore | India

  • Dr Shinji Sato

    Tokai University School Of Medicine | Japan

  • Dr Sulaiman Al-Mayouf

    King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH-RC) | Saudi Arabia

  • Dr Thaschawee Arkachaisri

    KK Women's and Children's Hospital Singapore

  • Dr Yoshioki Yamasaki

    Nippon Medical School | Japan

  • Dr Yuko Kaneko

    Keio University School of Medicine | Japan

  • Dr. Souraya Arayssi

    Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar | Qatar

  • M.D. Mitsumasa Kishimoto

    Kyorin University School of Medicine | Japan

  • M.D. Tien-Tsai Cheng

    Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung | Taiwan

  • M.D., Ph.D Yutaka Kawahito

    Inflammation And Immunology Graduate School Of Medical Science Kyoto Prefectural University Of Medicine | Japan

  • Md I.A. Ratih Manuaba

    Indonesian Rheumatism Association | Indonesia

  • Prof Jianping Guo

    People’s Hospital, Peking University | China

  • Prof. Amita Aggarwal

    Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute Of Medical Sciences | India

  • Prof. Evan Vista

    St. Luke’s Medical Center And University Of Santo Tomas Hospital | Philippines

  • Prof. Georg Schett

    Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Department of Internal Medicine 3 | Germany

  • Prof. James Wei

    Chung Shan Medical University |Taiwan

  • Prof. Kazuhiko Yamamoto

    Japan College Of Rheumatology | Japan

  • Prof. Lai-Shan Tam

    The Chinese University Of Hong Kong | Hong Kong

  • Prof. Leonila Dans

    University Of The Philipines- Manila | Philippines

  • Prof. Matthew Brown

    King’s College London | United Kingdom

  • Prof. Philippe Dieude

    Aphp | France

  • Prof. Sandra Teresa Navarra

    University of Santo Tomas | Philippines

  • Prof. Sang Cheol Bae

    Hanyang University | South Korea

  • Prof. Sumaira Farman

    National Hospital & Medical Center (NH&MC); Al-Aleem Medical College; Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) | Pakistan

  • Prof. Susan M Goodman

    Weill Cornell Medicine | United States

  • Prof. Susanna Proudman

    Royal Adelaide Hospital | Australia

  • Prof. Syed Atiqul Haq

    BSM Medical University | Bangladesh

  • Prof. Tak Mao Daniel Chan

    University Of Hong Kong | Hong Kong

  • Prof. Tsutomu Takeuchi

    Keio University School Of Medicine | Japan

  • Prof. Worawit Louthrenoo

    Faculty Of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand | Thailand

  • Prof. Yannick Allanore

    Paris University | France

  • Prof. Yasuhiro Tanaka

    Nara Medical University | Japan

  • Prof. Yoshiya Tanaka

    University of Occupational and Environmental Health | Japan

  • Sumiaki Tanaka

    Kitasato University Medical Center / Kitasato University School Of Medicine | Japan

  • Takako Miyamae

    Japan

  • Takashi Maehara

    Kyushu University | Japan

  • Vice President Hisanori Umehara

    Nagahama City Hospital | Japan

Assoc Prof. Keith Lim

Melbourne University | Australia

Keith Lim, MB BS (Melb), MD (Bristol), FRCP (E), FRACP, is the Director of Rheumatology at Western Health, a Clinical Associate Professor with Melbourne University, and a programme director for Arthritis at AIMSS, the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science. He trained in rheumatology with Professor Paul Dieppe at the University of Bristol where he was lecturer, and completed his MD thesis on hand OA. Prior to returning to live in Melbourne in 2004 , he was President of the Malaysian Society of Rheumatology, when he helped pioneer its modernisation and left a legacy of good governance, training and growth . With the rapid development of tertiary health services in the west of Melbourne, he oversaw the expansion of Rheumatology from a single person service to a large team of clinicians, educators, trainees and researchers, serving a quarter of Melbourne’s catchment. It is the major referral service for rheumatology patients and advanced training and research in the western suburbs. His research interests are varied, but the main areas include Osteoarthritis where he he runs a large longitudinal cohort with a multidisciplinary team since 2005, the role of inflammatory markers in joint effusions, in collaboration with Professor John Hamilton’s team. He was a senior editor of the IJRD, and is on the scientific committee for APLAR., was on expert advisory committees including the Victorian Advisory on OA, UCB advisory on infections and bDMARDs, and is a regular invitee at international conferences. The unit has a reputation for teaching excellence and has trained numerous fellows and students from all parts of the world.

Assoc Prof. Mitsuhiro Kawano

Kanazawa University Hospital | Japan

Mitsuhiro Kawano is a Japanese rheumatologist who is currently the director and associate professor of the Department of Rheumatology at Kanazawa University Hospital. He received the M.D. degree from Kanazawa University in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree in 1993. He is actively involved in routine patient care, teaching and research in rheumatology. He has been the first president of the Japanese association of IgG4-related disease since September, 2019, and helped to publish the first English-language textbook on IgG4-related disease as a co-editor with Professor John Stone of Harvard Medical School in 2012. Recently, the ACR/EULAR IgG4-RD Classification Criteria Working Group has published international classification criteria for IgG4-related disease, and he took part in the working group as a core member.

Assoc Prof. Soamarat Vilaiyuk

Thailand

Associate Professor Soamarat Vilaiyuk is a pioneer pediatric rheumatologist in Thailand. After finishing her fellowship training in USA since 2005, she returned to her home country with her inspiration to help patients with rheumatic diseases. Due to lack of pediatric rheumatologist, she has developed the fellowship training program since 9 years ago. Currently, there are pediatric rheumatologists almost every part of the country. Her research interests include systemic JIA, MAS, SLE, and cytokines. Currently, she is a Chief of Rheumatology Division, Program Director of Residency training & Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship training and Assistant Dean for Graduate Education in Faculty of Medicine Ramathidbodi Hospital, Mahidol University. She is also a Chairman of Pediatric Rheumatology Society of Thailand and PRINTO National Coordinating Centre Director.

Assoc Prof. Ying Ying Leung

Singapore General Hospital | Singapore

A/Prof. Ying Ying LEUNG is Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, and Senior Consultant of the department of Rheumatology & Immunology of Singapore General Hospital (SGH). She is currently the head of research in the department of Rheumatology and Immunology. Her research interests are in psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis, focusing in evaluation and development of measurement instrument evaluation and biomarkers.
A/Prof. Leung serves as associate editor in International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, Journal of Rheumatology, Frontiers in Medicine, BMC Rheumatology and Singapore Medical Journal. She has been the Asian chair of the outcome measure working group in the Group For Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA).

Atsuko Murashima

National Center for Child Health and Development | Japan

Atsuko Murashima trained and worked as a rheumatologist at Juntendo University Hospital. After that, she has contributed to the establishment of obstetric medicine in Japan as the Director of Obstetric Medicine at the National Center for Child Health and Development since 2002. She specializes in the care of women with medical problems concerning pregnancy, especially in rheumatology. She is a member of directors of the Japan College of Rheumatology. She has been the president of the Japanese Society of Obstetric Medicine and has a reputation as a leading clinical researcher in this field. She is the head of Japan Teratology Information Service and participates in the Pharmaceutical Affairs Department as a member of the Government Council.

Dr Aisha Lateef

Woodlands Health Campus | Singapore

Dr. Aisha Lateef is currently Chief of Medicine at Woodlands Health Campus, Singapore, an 1800 bedded hospital set to open in phases from 2022. She has previously held the positions of clinical services director for Department of Medicine, and Head of Rheumatology at National University Hospital, Singapore.

She has special interest in SLE and obstetric rheumatology, has published several articles and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer for many rheumatology journals. She plays an active role in rheumatology organizations and research collaborations including the Asia Pacific Lupus Collaboration. She holds teaching appointments at two medical schools in Singapore. She has also served as the Vice Chairman, Chapter of Rheumatologists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore.

Dr Asami Abe

Niigata Rheumatic Center | Japan

Dr Asami Abe is currently working at Niigata Rheumatic Center in the Department of Rheumatology. She attended the Asahikawa Medical College in Japan and went on to later finish graduate school in 2003. Throughout the last 20 years, Dr Abe has been working in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Rheumatology at a number of different hospitals and centers in Japan.

Dr Ashish Jacob Mathew

Christian Medical College, Vellore | India

Ashish Mathew is an associate professor in clinical immunology and rheumatology at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. He completed his rheumatology training from the same institution, and subsequently did a clinical fellowship in psoriatic arthritis at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark on MRI enthesitis in SpA. His research interests include biomarkers and outcome measures in psoriatic arthritis, MRI in SpA, and epidemiology of rheumatic diseases. He has around 50 publications in peer reviewed journals, and is an active reviewer of many rheumatology journals. He is a member of the GRAPPA, serving in the education committee, OMERACT, ASAS and Global Burden of Diseases.

Dr Chi Chiu Mok

Tuen Mun Hospital | Hong Kong

Chi-Chiu Mok is currently the chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Tuen Mun Hospital, Hong Kong. He is a consultant physician and honorary teaching professor of the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

An active researcher, Dr. Mok is the first author of more than 200 papers in a number of medical and Rheumatology journals that include the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Nature Review Rheumatology, Arthritis and Rheumatology, Rheumatology (Oxford), and Arthritis Care & Research. His research interests include systemic lupus erythematosus, particularly lupus nephritis, and glucocorticoid induced osteoporosis. Dr. Mok is also the principal investigator of more than 10 phase II/III global trials investigating the safety and efficacy of novel biological agents in various rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Mok is currently the senior associate editor of the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases and an editorial member of more than 10 medical journals that include the Journal of Rheumatology, Lupus and Current Rheumatology Review.

Dr. Mok is a Past President of the Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology. He is the founder editor of the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology and Immunology, the official publication of the Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology.

Dr Christine Bernal

UST Hospital and Cardinal Santos Medical Center | Philippines

Dr. Bernal is a pediatric rheumatologist who, after her residency training in pediatrics in UST Hospital, pursued her fellowship training in rheumatology in Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. While training abroad, she was a recipient of several prestigious awards including Drs. Ralph and Judith Feigin Resident Award of Excellence, American College of Rheumatology (ACR) outstanding fellow award and ACR Amgen Pediatric Rheumatology Research Award. Her research works on lupus, Kawasaki, polyarteritis nodosa and juvenile idiopathic arthritis has been published in international journals including Arthritis and Rheumatism, International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases and APLAR Journal of Rheumatology. She also authored a chapter on Juvenile idiopathic arthritis for Arthritis and Allied Conditions (a textbook in Rheumatology) in 2005 & a chapter on Disorders of Bones & Connective Tissues for Fundamentals of Pediatrics in 2014.

A graduate of UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, she now serves her alma mater as Associate Professor. At present, she is the section chief of Pediatric Rheumatology in UST Hospital and Cardinal Santos Medical Center; an active consultant in the major tertiary hospitals in Metro Manila.

Dr Durga Misra

Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute Of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow |India

Dr Misra is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at SGPGIMS, Lucknow, a tertiary care teaching and research center in North India. His areas of research interest include vasculitis (particularly Takayasu arteritis), cardiovascular risk in rheumatic diseases, epidemiology of rheumatic diseases, scientific writing and editing. He has published more than 140 papers in peer reviewed journals, as serves as an Associate Editor for Rheumatology International, Indian Journal of Rheumatology and JRCPE. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Indian Rheumatology Association Young Rheumatologist Oration 2019, Best Peer reviewer from Rheumatology International, Journal of Korean Medical Science, and International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, as well as Publons Peer Review Award from 2017 to 2019.

Dr Fumitaka Mizoguchi

Tokyo Medical and Dental University | Japan

Dr. Mizoguchi is a junior associate professor of the Department of Rheumatology, Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Japan. Dr. Mizoguchi obtained his M.D. degree from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) in 2001, and his Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, TMDU in 2008. Dr. Mizoguchi has been working on the research of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) focusing on synovial fibroblasts, and idiopathic inflammatory myopathies focusing on muscle injuries by cytotoxic T cells. Dr. Mizoguchi also has been participated in the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) RA/systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) network, to generate global gene expression profiling datasets of a variety of tissue derived cells from patients with RA or SLE.

Dr Julie Yu

University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery | Philippines

Dr Julie Yu is an Associate Professor in University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Manila, Phils. She heads the Rheumatology Center of the UST Hospital. She serves as the Section Chief of Rheumatology in the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center and sits as the Director of the institution’s Department of Medical Education and Research. She is the President of Osteoporosis Society of the Phils Foundation, Inc. and the immediate Past President of the Philippine Rheumatology Association.

Dr Junichi Kikuta

Osaka University | Japan

Junichi Kikuta, M.D., Ph.D. graduated from Osaka University Medical School in 2006, and then worked as a Physician specialized in rheumatology and internal medicine. He received his Ph.D. degree from Osaka University in 2013. He was an Assistant Professor at Osaka University from 2013 to 2019. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology and Cell Biology, Graduate School of Medicine and Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University. His studies have so far elucidated the cellular dynamics in living bone tissues, with a special focus on bone-resorbing osteoclasts, by using intravital multiphoton-based bone imaging combined with pH-sensing chemical fluorescent probes that he has originally developed.

Dr Ka Wing Gavin Lee

Rheumatology Center of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital | Hong Kong

Dr. Lee graduated in 1990 from The University of Hong Kong. He received rheumatology training in Queen Mary Hospital, the teaching hospital of University. In 1998, he established rheumatology service in a major regional hospital, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital. He now is the director of Rheumatology Center of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital. He is also Honorary Associate Professor of both the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

In 2004, he introduced musculoskeletal ultrasound in his rheumatology unit and actively promoting MSK ultrasound locally and internationally. He was invited as trainer in regional ultrasound training courses and he was an accredited ultrasound trainer under EULAR.

He has been elected as chairman of the Hong Kong Arthritis & Rheumatism Foundation in 2020.

Dr Katsuya Suzuki

Keio University | Japan

Dr. Katsuya Suzuki is a rheumatologist, Assistant Professor of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.
He is also a councilor of of Japan College of Rheumatology and The Japan Society for Clinical Immunology. His major research interests are pathogenesis, translational research and clinical studies/trials for autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, and IgG4-related syndrome.

Dr Kei Ikeda

Chiba University Hospital | Japan

Dr Kei Ikeda is working as an assistant professor/senior lecturer in Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Chiba University Hospital, Chiba, Japan. He learned and studied musculoskeletal ultrasound in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, and Leeds University, UK, and now plays a central role in Ultrasound Standardization Committee for Rheumatoid Arthritis of Japan College of Rheumatology.

Dr Kuo-Lung Lai

Taichung Veterans General Hospital (TCVGH) | Taiwan

Dr. Kuo-Lung Lai is a rheumatologist in Taichung Veterans General Hospital (TCVGH). He got M.D. degree at National Yang-Ming University in 2001, and currently is a Ph.D. candidate in Graduate Institute of Biomedical Electronics and Bioinformatics in National Taiwan University. He had been a member of the Board of Directors of SUMROC during 2010-2012. He has been the major supervisor of MSUS program in TCVGH since 2013 and carried out several MSUS studies of rheumatic diseases. He is a reviewer of the following academic journals: Journal of Medical Ultrasound, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Formosan Journal of Rheumatology, and International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Dr Laniyati Hamijoyo

University Of Padjadjaran | Indonesia

Laniyati Hamijoyo MD, is a rheumatology consultant and medical staff in Faculty of Medicine University of Padjadjaran Bandung, Indonesia. She has done her rheumatology fellowship training in University of Santo Tomas, Manila Philippines. She serves as member of several medical organizations, such as Asia Pacific Lupus Collaboration (APLC) and Lupus SIG of APLAR, education and scientific committee of Indonesian Rheumatology association (IRA), and currently also serves as scientific committee of APLAR. She actively involves in several national or international clinical trials. Her main interest is in the field of lupus where she has done several studies, been author and co-author of several journals.

Dr Latika Gupta

Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute Of Medical Sciences Lucknow | India

Latika Gupta is a clinician scientist working as Assistant Professor at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India. In addition to running the myositis clinic at the oldest rheumatology research and training unit in India, she is a dedicated myositis researcher and IMACS scientific board member. In addition to entering collaborations with European and American counterparts working on myositis, her efforts were seminal in setting up myoIN, an Indian collaboration on myositis. Recently she organised the first myositis-focused meeting, the myoIN summit, in Lucknow.

Dr Gupta is currently the social media editor for the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology and the Indian Journal of Rheumatology, the associate editor of the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, and has been awarded the Publon’s top peer reviewer award for clinical sciences as well as cross-specialty. She has had a meritorious career with 30 publications, 10 awards, nine travel fellowships, and six gold medals.

Dr Mami Tamai

Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences | Japan

Dr Masaki Shimizu

Tokyo Medcial And Dental University | Japan

Dr. Masaki Shimizu is currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Child Health and Development at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He is the chairman of the International Committee of Pediatric Rheumatology Association of Japan. He is also the member of the International Committee of Japan College of Rheumatology. Dr. Shimizu received his MD and training in Department of Pediatrics, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan. In 2005, Dr.Shimizu completed his PhD in Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan. In 2012, Dr. Shimizu received the training of Pediatric Rheumatology in Department of Pediatric Rheumatology, Genoa University, Genoa, Italy. His research has focused on the pathogenesis of Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and Macrophage Activation Syndrome, in particular, the role of Inflammatory Cytokines including Interleukin-18.

Dr Motohisa Yamamoto

The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo | Japan

Dr. Motohisa Yamamoto is a rheumatologist, belonging to The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo since 2019. The theme of his research is the pathological elucidation and development of new treatments for IgG4-related disease. Until now, he has been mainly engaged in clinical research on IgG4-related disease. He contributed the separation and the independence of Mikulicz’s disease (IgG4-related dacryoadenitis and sialadenitis) from Sjögren’s syndrome. Next, He was involved in the development of the comprehensive diagnostic criteria, 2011. He and his colleagues established the registry for the patients with IgG4-related disease, a SMART registry, and they announced several important findings in clinical practices. He firstly reported that standardized incidence ratio of malignancies in IgG4-related disease was significantly increased. He now tries to challenge the omics analysis in IgG4-related disease.

Dr Ruchika Goel

Christian Medical College, Vellore | India

Dr Ruchika Goel is a member faculty at the Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, predominantly involved in the care and management of patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases at tertiary care level. Her research is focused on the pathogenesis of primary systemic vasculitis especially Takayasu’’s arteritis (TAK)and factors underlying tissue tropism in this medical condition. Her publications are focussed on disease stratification, serum biomarkers and genetics of TAK. She has also been involved in establishing a serum, DNA and arterial tissue bio-bank for this medical condition in her institution.

Dr Shinji Sato

Tokai University School Of Medicine | Japan

Shinji Sato, MD, is a Professor of Rheumatology at Tokai University School of Medicine, Kanagawa, Japan. He obtained his MD at Shinshu University in 1993. He has trained as a Research Fellow under supervision of Professor Antony Rosen at Johns Hopkins University from 2008 to 2010. His major research interests include clinical and immunological aspects of idiopathic inflammatory myopathy.

Dr Sulaiman Al-Mayouf

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH-RC) | Saudi Arabia

Dr. Al-Mayouf finished his residency training from KFSH-RC, followed by Fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology from Sick Children in Toronto. He also has served as a board- member of Saudi Rheumatology Association and is the national coordinator for the Pediatric Rheumatology International Organization (PRINTO).
Dr. Al-Mayouf has more than 100 publications in scientific journals as well as many abstracts. He is a frequent lecturing nationally and internationally in Pediatric Rheumatology.

Dr Thaschawee Arkachaisri

KK Women's and Children's Hospital Singapore

Dr. Tash graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand in 1991. He then pursued his specialty and subspecialty training in the US and earned his American Board of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology and Pediatric Rheumatology at Cornell University prior to returning back to Thailand and established the first Pediatric Rheumatology department at Siriraj Hospital and Mahidol University in July 2001. He then moved back to the US and joined Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where he gained his research interest in scleroderma and established the first Pediatric Scleroderma clinical and research Program in 2006. In 2009, he then moved back to Singapore to established its first Pediatric rheumatology clinical program and in 2011, the Asia-Pacific Pediatric Rheumatology Education and Research Network. Over the decades, he has worked and published the local and regional epidemiologic data and outcomes of children with rheumatic diseases. He also actively involved in pediatric rheumatic diseases translational researches in trying to better understand immunomechanisms and predict outcomes. He is currently an Associate Professor, head and senior consultant at the Rheumatology and Immunology Department at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Duke-NUS Medical School.

Dr Yoshioki Yamasaki

Nippon Medical School | Japan

Yoshioki Yamasaki, MDPhD, is Rheumatologists. He was graduated from St. Marianna University in 1997. His speciality includes cardiopulmonary complications associated with systemic sclerosis and other connective tissue disorders. From April 2020, he belongs to department of Allergy and Rheumatology in Nippon Medical School.

Dr Yuko Kaneko

Keio University School of Medicine | Japan

Yuko Kaneko is an Associate Professor at the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. Prior to this appointment, she was Assistant Professor at the same University.
Dr Kaneko received her M.D. from the Keio University School of Medicine in 1997 and subsequently served as a Resident, Faculty and Instructor in Internal Medicine at Keio University. She was appointed as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Clinical Research in 2007 and then as Assistant Professor at the Division of Rheumatology in 2009. She completed her PhD (Doctorate of Medical Science) in 2010 at the Keio University School of Medicine. From 2012-2013, she worked as a researcher at the Oxford University Nuffield Department of Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, UK.
She has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, with a focus on rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, Still’s disease, as well as IgG4-related disease.

Dr. Souraya Arayssi

Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar | Qatar

Dr. Thurayya Arayssi is Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at the Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar. Dr. Arayssi’s current research interests focus on rheumatoid arthritis (RA), for which she has received funding as the Principal Investigator and Behcet disease. She has organized the Middle East Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium (MERAC), which brings together renowned rheumatologists from the Middle East and the United States who share the interest of investigating the genetics and the clinical characteristics of Arab patients with RA for the purpose of improving their care. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters in her area of expertise.

M.D. Mitsumasa Kishimoto

Kyorin University School of Medicine | Japan

After completing the first training in Japan, he completed an Internal Medicine Residency program at the University of Hawaii, and a Rheumatology Fellowship program at New York University. In 2006, he took the role of Program Director of the Department of Rheumatology at the Kameda Medical Center. He moved to St Luke`s International University/Hospital in 2009, before moving on to accept his current positions in 2019. Dr Kishimoto was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2004, and the American Board of Rheumatology in 2006. He received an ACR Distinguished Fellow Award in 2006. He was a Steering committee member in the ‘APLAR guidelines for management of rheumatoid arthritis and Spondyloarthritis’ project, and currently serves as a Steering committee member in JCR guidelines for management of RA and Epidemiological survey of PsA and SpA in Japan, GRAPPA and ASAS member, and Japan’s Principal Investigators for the ‘ASAS-Comospa and perSpA’ studies.

M.D. Tien-Tsai Cheng

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung | Taiwan

Mr Cheng graduated from Chung-Shan Medical Collage, School of medicine in Taichung Taiwan and received Post-Graduate Education in Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Sciences, Chang Gung University. He is currently an associate professor, School of Medicine in Chang Gung University and also visiting staff in Rheumatology section at Chang Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung. His major study interest is not only the field of Rheumatology but osteoporosis/fracture. He is a specialist in Rheumatology Association R.O.C and also in osteoporosis care in Taiwan Osteoporosis Association (TOA). His special interest in investigation is autoimmune disease-related osteoporosis/fracture.

M.D., Ph.D Yutaka Kawahito

Inflammation And Immunology Graduate School Of Medical Science Kyoto Prefectural University Of Medicine | Japan

Yutaka Kawahito, MD, PhD, is a professor of the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine and head of the Department of Inflammation and Immunology. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Shimane University, and obtained his PhD from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in 1995. He was a research fellow at NIAMS of NIH from 1995 to 1998, and has been engaged in clinical and research at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine since 2000. He has been involved in numerous activities including board member of JCR, a chairperson of Rheumatologist Certification Committee, a chairperson of RA treatment guidelines subcommittee, a member of Modern Rheumatology editorial board, and a chairperson of RA clinical practice guideline subcommittee of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Japan.

Md I.A. Ratih Manuaba

Indonesian Rheumatism Association | Indonesia

Md I.A. Ratih Manuaba is one of Internal Medicine Rheumatologist doctor of Indonesia. She work as a doctor at Prima Medika Hospital & Puri Raharja Hospital in Bali, also teaches a musculoskeletal subject at Bali International University in Denpasar City.

Prof Jianping Guo

People’s Hospital, Peking University | China

Prof. Guo received her PhD from Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden in 2009. Then she joined Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, People’s Hospital, Peking University. In 2018, Dr. Guo was appointed as Professor at Peking University. Her research interests focus on identification and functional characterization of autoimmune disease regulating gene(s), with an emphasis on genetic variants resided in MHC locus. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in the field of inflammation and autoimmunity. Prof. Guo is now serving as a committee member and secretary in-general for Clinical Immunology Association of China. She was the winner of the Chinese Medical Science and Technology Award in 2013 and 2016, and the Outstanding Basic Research Achievement from Beijing Natural Science Foundation in 2017.

Prof. Amita Aggarwal

Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute Of Medical Sciences | India

Amita Aggarwal is a Professor and Head of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at one of the premier institution in India, the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute, Lucknow. She is a clinician scientist, with major interest in Juvenile idiopathic arthritis and SLE. In addition, she has taught a generation of physicians working in the field of rheumatology in India. In recognition of her work, she has been elected fellow of the Indian academy of Science, National academy of Science as well as National academy of Medical Sciences. She has also served as the President of Indian Rheumatology Association as well as editor of Indian Journal of Rheumatology.

Prof. Evan Vista

St. Luke’s Medical Center And University Of Santo Tomas Hospital | Philippines

Evan Vista, MD heads the rheumatology section of Ospital ng Makati. He is an active consultant, associate professor and research professorial chair in rheumatology at St. Luke’s Medical Center (Bonifacio Global and Quezon city) and College of Medicine Manila, Philippines. Dr. Vista currently serves in the Board of Trustees of The Philippine Rheumatology Association. He is a member of the fellowship training committee of University of Santo Tomas Hospital Rheumatology Center. He was an Associate Research Scientist at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-Department of Arthritis and Clinical Immunology. He authored several peer reviewed journals in rheumatology and book chapters in Lupus and a member of the American College of Rheumatology and of the Clinical Immunology Society

Prof. Georg Schett

Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Department of Internal Medicine 3 | Germany

Professor Schett’s interests include basic, translational and clinical research on molecular and cellular pathogenesis of rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. In 2008, he initiated in collaboration with colleagues the priority program IMMUNOBONE, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), which aims to elucidate the interactions between the skeletal and the immune systems.
Since 2015, Prof. Schett has led the DFG CRC1181 “Checkpoints for Resolution of Inflammation” in Erlangen. Additionally, he is spokesperson of the project METARTHROS, which investigates the impact of the metabolism on arthritis. Recently, he received funding for the ERC-Synergy grant “4D+ nanoSCOPE Advancing osteoporosis medicine by observing bone microstructure and remodelling using a four-dimensional nanoscope” of which he is spokesperson.
Professor Schett‘s scientific work has been honored with several awards, including the Carol-Nachmann Prize from Wiesbaden. He has published over 650 peer-reviewed papers.

Prof. James Wei

Chung Shan Medical University |Taiwan

Dr James Cheng-Chung Wei is a Professor of Chung Shan Medical University Hospital (CSMUH) in Taichung, Taiwan. He is also Chief of the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology and Director of the Chinese Medicine Clinical Trial Center at CSMUH.

Dr Wei undertook a clinical fellowship at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, UK, under the supervision of Professor Andrei Calin, one of the world’s leading experts in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Dr Wei subsequently pursued a research fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Division of Rheumatology in California, USA, under Professor David Yu, investigating the pathogenesis of spondyloarthritis.

Dr Wei had published 160 papers in peer-reviewed SCI journals , such as the Lancet, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis & Rheumatism, Rheumatology, and International Journal of Epidemiology.
one. He had conducted over 150 global clinical trials and about 40 investigator-initiated clinical trials. He is currently full membership of the ACR, GRAPPA and ASAS. He is also the scientific advisory board of the APALR, and associate editor of the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

His current major interests are translational research in AS, clinical trials and big data research in rheumatology.

Prof. Kazuhiko Yamamoto

Japan College Of Rheumatology | Japan

Dr. Yamamoto graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 1977. After finishing his residency, he conducted basic research. In 1985, He started his own research projects and also served as clinical rheumatologist in The University of Tokyo Hospital. He then moved to Kyushu University as a professor. In 1997, he became Professor and Chairman of Department of Allergy and Rheumatology, The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine. In 2017, he reached the mandatory retirement age and moved to RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences as the director. During these academic carriers, Dr. Yamamoto has been deeply involved in the field of human immunology research as well as genetic analyses of autoimmune diseases.

Prof. Lai-Shan Tam

The Chinese University Of Hong Kong | Hong Kong

Lai-Shan Tam, MD, is division head and a professor in the Division of Rheumatology within the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). In 2019, Dr Tam has been awarded European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) honorary member, and her team was awarded the Asia Pacific League Against Rheumatism (APLAR) center of excellence. She served as the chairperson of the international affair committee of APLAR since 2012, Vice President of APLAR 2014-2016. Professor Tam serves as the international advisory board member of The Lancet Rheumatology since 2019. She is also the associate editor of International Journal of Rheumatic Disease. Dr Tam is the first author or co-author of over 200 articles published in major rheumatology journals.

Prof. Leonila Dans

University Of The Philipines- Manila | Philippines

Leonila F. Dans MD MSc is professor of pediatric rheumatology and clinical epidemiology at the University of the Philippines. She received her Master degree in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She has authored several journal articles and book chapters, with special interest on issues of applicability and equity. Her most recent publication is the second edition of their user-friendly simplified book entitled “Painless Evidence-Based Medicine” targeted for EBM practitioners.
Since 2000, she has been actively teaching Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Methodology and has been a reviewer of 4 Cochrane Reviews. She was a member of the Knowledge Management Plus Program of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network, developing modules for CPG development in the low-middle income countries.  She was a methodologist and consultant in several CPG development in the Asia-Pacific region, producing more than 16 CPGs since 2004. She was member of the Guideline Review Committee of WHO (Geneva) from 2009-2018.  In 2017, the Philippine Department of Health commissioned her to evaluate, standardize and strengthen the CPG development in the Philippines, which resulted in the “Manual of CPG Development”. She is presently a Member Emeritus of the American College of Rheumatology.

Prof. Matthew Brown

King’s College London | United Kingdom

Professor Brown trained as a clinician-scientist and a rheumatologist, including a period of post-graduate study at Oxford University. He has made contributions to the development of gene-mapping approaches in human diseases and genome-wide association study methodology, leading to the discovery of thousands of genetic variants. In the genetics of rare human diseases, he has identified genes responsible for monogenic forms of arthritis, ectopic bone development, and skeletal dysplasias. He has also led efforts in Australia to translate research sequencing capability into precision medicine programs for cancer patients.
He has been appointed Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Professor of Medicine within the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London.

Prof. Philippe Dieude

Aphp | France

Philippe Dieudé, MD, PhD, is Professor of Rheumatology at the Paris Diderot University in Paris, France. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he is the head of the Rheumatology Department, Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital, Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris, France. His research focuses on genetics of autoimmune diseases, biomarkers for rheumatoid arthritis and systemic sclerosis, and more recently to the genetics of rheumatoid arthritis interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD). He is a reviewer of many international journals. He has (co-) authored over 200 papers and book chapters and is regularly invited speaker and/or chairman at international conferences, seminars and meetings.

Prof. Sandra Teresa Navarra

University of Santo Tomas | Philippines

Professor Sandra Navarra is head of Rheumatology at University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. She served as secretary-general of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) and was past president of Philippine Rheumatology Association (PRA). She heads the Rheumatology Educational Trust Foundation Inc. (RETFI) which administers Lupus Inspired Advocacy (LUISA) for lupus education and research, and People Empowerment for Arthritis and Lupus (PEARL) for lay education and medical assistance programs. She is a member of the Lupus Academy Steering Committee, and executive board member of both Asia Pacific Lupus Collaboration (APLC) and Asian Lupus Nephritis Network (ALNN).

Prof. Sang Cheol Bae

Hanyang University | South Korea

Sang-Cheol Bae is a Full Professor and Distinguished Professor of the Hanyang University; the former Director of the Hanyang University Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (2005-2019); and Director of Hanyang University Institute for Rheumatology Research (2019~), Seoul, Korea. And he is taking on the roles of a full member of SLICC, the president of Korean Society of SLE Research, and the elected president of 15th International Congress on SLE (2023). He acquired his MD in 1984, and subsequently a PhD in 1993, from the Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea. From 1996 to 1998, he worked as a rheumatology research fellow and instructor at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. In 1998, he also obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA. His major research interests include 1) clinical epidemiology 2) genetic epidemiology 3) precision medicine, in SLE and RA. He has published ~ 700 articles.

Prof. Sumaira Farman

National Hospital & Medical Center (NH&MC); Al-Aleem Medical College; Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU) | Pakistan

After MRCP (London), she completed rheumatology training in Pakistan, cleared the U.K. Specialist Rheumatology Examination, and co-pioneered Rheumatology services including dedicated PaedsRheum Clinics at FMHCM&D.
Presently she is Professor & HOD Rheumatology at NH&MC. She is Adjunct/ Visiting Faculty FJMU & Al-Aleem Medical College, Lahore.
She is Rheumatology Supervisor, and Examiner, College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan.

Primarily an adult rheumatologist, her special interest remains childhood rheumatic diseases.
She interned in Pediatric Rheumatology, KUMC, USA, through the ACP International Fellowship & acquired the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Rheumatology, from the University of Western Australia.

She is Past President, Pakistan Society for Rheumatology & Founder Trustee & Co-Chairperson, Arthritis Care Foundation.
She is AE IJRD & Convener APLAR Paediatric Rheumatology SIG.

Prof. Susan M Goodman

Weill Cornell Medicine | United States

Dr. Goodman is a practicing rheumatologist at The Hospital for Special Surgery. Her research interests include perioperative course for rheumatic disease patients at the time of arthroplasty. She also collaborates with both orthopedists and basic scientists in studies utilizing surgical tissues to better understand the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis.

Prof. Susanna Proudman

Royal Adelaide Hospital | Australia

Susanna Proudman is Director of the Rheumatology Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Research interests include “best practice” management of early rheumatoid arthritis with an emphasis on “treat-to-target” therapy and the role of omega-3 fatty acids and standardized management of systemic sclerosis and pulmonary arterial hypertension. As the immediate past Chair of the Australian Scleroderma Interest Group, she established the Australian Scleroderma Cohort Study with collaborations such as the International Systemic Sclerosis Inception Cohort (INSYNC). She is Medical Director of Arthritis Australia.

Prof. Syed Atiqul Haq

BSM Medical University | Bangladesh

Dr. SA Haq, Professor, Department of Rheumatology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and President, Asia-Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR), established first Rheumatology clinic of Bangladesh in 1991. He formed Bangladesh Rheumatology Society in 1997 and currently is its President. He founded the COPCORD Study Group in Bangladesh in 2000. Dr. Haq’s areas of academic interest include Epidemiology of rheumatic disorders, knee OA and SLE. He has more than 175 publications in national and international journals out of which 99 are originals. He was awarded a Gold Medal by “Bangladesh Academy of Sciences” for contribution to the advancement of Science in the country. He has served APLAR in the capacities of APLAR-COPCORD coordinator, Vice President, Treasurer and President-Elect.

Prof. Tak Mao Daniel Chan

University Of Hong Kong | Hong Kong

T M Chan is Chair Professor and Chief of Nephrology at HKU and HK West Cluster Hospitals. His research interests include lupus nephritis and viral hepatitis in patients with kidney diseases, with publications in N Engl J Med, Nat Rev Nephrol, J Am Soc Nephrol, Arthritis Rheum, J Autoimmun, Frontiers Immunol, EBioMedicine, Kidney Int, Hepatology, Am J Transplant, Transplantation, and UpToDate. He is the Lead Author for the 2020 KDIGO clinical management guidelines on Lupus Nephritis. He has served as President of Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology (APSN). He is currently Vice-President of Hong Kong College of Physicians. He received the APSN Kenzo Oshima Award in 2014.

Prof. Tsutomu Takeuchi

Keio University School Of Medicine | Japan

Tsutomu Takeuchi, MD, PhD, is Vice-President at Keio University and Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at Keio University School of Medicine. Before this he was the Vice Dean at Keio University School of Medicine from 2011 to 2012 and then followed on as the General Director of Keio University Hospital from 2013 – 2017.

Prof. Worawit Louthrenoo

Faculty Of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand | Thailand

Professor Worawit Louthrenoo is a rheumatologist at the Division of Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University. He completed his rheumatology training at the Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand in 1986, and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA in 1990. His research work covers many aspect in rheumatology, including crystal associated arthropathy, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and infectious arthritis. Professor Louthrenoo received many teaching and research awards, published more than 200 scientific articles and 80 book chapters, and being invited to give lectures both in the national and international meeting. In addition, he has been involved in the executive committee of the Thai Rheumatism Association and APLAR.

Prof. Yannick Allanore

Paris University | France

Yannick Allanore is Professor of Rheumatology at the Paris University since 2008. Professor ALLANORE is the Head of a research group working on the cardiovascular aspects of systemic sclerosis through clinical research programs and basic research ones, including genetic and cellular biology approaches (INSERM U1016, Cochin Institute). The team has also established a platform of SSc related animal models allowing the investigations of therapeutic candidates on the various aspects of the disease using complementary mouse models including the Fra2 and TNF-alpha transgenic mice that develop lung fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension.

He has published over 390 papers in peer-review journals. Professor Allanore is a member of several professional bodies, including the French Rheumatology Society and the American College of Rheumatology. He has been the elected chairman (2013-2019) of the EUROPEAN Scleroderma Trials and Research group (EUSTAR) and is now member of the steering committee of the World scleroderma Foundation. He is in charge of the scientific programme of the upcoming world congress of systemic sclerosis (Prague in 2020).

Prof. Yasuhiro Tanaka

Nara Medical University | Japan

Yasuhiro Tanaka is the Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Centre of Rheumatic Diseases, Nara Medical University. He holds a number of positions on memberships and boards including, the Director of Japan College of Rheumatology (JCR), Adviser of Committee on International Affairs, Japanese Orthopedic Association, Vice-president of Japanese Society for Surgery of the Foot, Past president of Asian Federation of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (AFFAS), Council Member of International Federation of Foot and Ankle Surgery (IFFAS), Director of Japanese Orthopedic Society of Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine (JOSKAS) and Vice-president of Japanese Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Prof. Yoshiya Tanaka

University of Occupational and Environmental Health | Japan

Yoshiya Tanaka, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor and Chairman of the First Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine (2000-present) and Dean of Graduate School of Medical Science (2017-present), University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan. He reviewed 670 publications (impact factor 2790, h-index 80) in English. His scientific focus lies on pathological analysis and development of novel treatment in systemic autoimmune diseases, rheumatic diseases and endocrine metabolic diseases including osteoporosis. He was a president of JSBMR; 2013-15. He is a chair of scientific committee of APLAR, chair of international committee of JCR, president of Japanese Association of Clinical Immunology and board member of many societies. He is also an editor-in-chief of MRCR, an associate editor of Rheumatology, Cytokine, ACR, AR&T, IJRD and many, an editorial board member of ARD, RMD Open, MR, etc. He has received numerous awards from Japanese Society of Inflammation, JSBMR, JCR and EULAR.

Sumiaki Tanaka

Kitasato University Medical Center / Kitasato University School Of Medicine | Japan

Sumiaki Tanaka, MD, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Rheumatology and Infectious Diseases, Kitasato University School of Medicine, Japan and Director in the Division of Rheumatology, Kitasato University Medical Center, Japan. His research and clinical interests are focused on the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension in patients with connective tissue diseases. In addition, he is a board-certificated member of the Japan Society of Internal Medicine and the Japan College of Rheumatology.

Takako Miyamae

Japan

Takako Miyamae, M.D., Ph.D. is interested in the care and research of rheumatologic disease in children, in both ambulatory and inpatient settings.

Takashi Maehara

Kyushu University | Japan

Takashi is activity involved in research on the pathogenesis of human autoimmune disorders especially the study of the immunological and epigenetic basis of Sjogren’s syndrome, IgG4-related disease, and systemic sclerosis. They have explored the immunology and epigenetic induction of clonally expanded disease-linked CD4+ T cells and plasmablasts in the pathogenesis of IgG4-related disease and systemic sclerosis. Clonally expanded T cells with a CD4+ killer phenotype may cause inflammatory fibrosis in a number of clinical contexts.

He completed his DDS training at Kyushu University in 2007. Then he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Immunology at Kyushu University in 2012. And he worked on cellular and molecular immunology at Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard from 2015 to 2018.

Currently he is an Assistant Professor, Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology, Division of Maxillofacial Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, Faculty of Dental Science, Japan.

Vice President Hisanori Umehara

Nagahama City Hospital | Japan

Hisanori Umehara received the M.D. degree from Keio University and the Ph.D. degree from Kyoto University, in 1982 and 1992, respectively. H. Umehara is a Rheumatologist with wide knowledge of Clinical and Basic Immunology. He was a Japanese director of Sjögren’s International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) which has published the international criteria for Sjogren’s syndrome in Arthritis Rheum. He was also a chairman of working group for IgG4-related Disease (IgG4-RD) supported by Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan (2011-2013) and organized all Japan IgG4-team. All Japan IgG4-team has established concepts of IgG4-RD and published comprehensive diagnostic criteria for IgG4-RD, 2011.