Professor Gianfranco Ferraccioli, MD

Professor Gianfranco Ferraccioli, MD

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome,
Italy

Gianfranco Ferraccioli is Professor of Rheumatology, Director of the Division of Rheumatology and Internal Medicine–CIC, Chairman of the Institute of Rheumatology and Affine Sciences, and Postgraduate School of Rheumatology at the School of Medicine of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, in Rome, Italy. Winner of the 2° Ogryzlo Fellowship Award of the Canadian Society of Rheumatology, he trained at the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at McGill University in Montreal 1981–1982. He became research associate at the Division of Rheumatology of the University of Parma in 1983 and moved to the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Udine in 1992. He became Professor of Rheumatology at the same university in 1999, and Director of the Division of Rheumatology and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Udine between 2000 and 2003, until he took up his current post.

His specific interests include clinical–biological prognostic indexes in rheumatoid arthritis; molecular mechanisms of B cells as biomarkers in autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and systemic sclerosis, and their clonal expansion in Sjögren’s syndrome and cryoglobulinemia. Another focus of his research is on biomarkers in SLE, connective tissue diseases and rheumatoid arthritis, and innovative therapeutic approaches for autoimmune rheumatic diseases. He has published 330 papers in international peer review journals.

Professor Ferraccioli has served on a long list of committees and is currently a member of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) as well as the Kunkel Society, Rockefeller University, USA and the Italian Society of Rheumatology.

He has been part of the group of EULAR scientists that established the Recommendation for an Early Diagnosis and Therapy of an Early Rheumatoid Patient and also part of the group that defined the new classification criteria for rheumatoid arthritis. He is Country Leader of the METEOR group and BIODAM.

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