Professor Ricard Cervera, MD, PhD, FRCP

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Professor Ricard Cervera, MD, PhD, FRCP

Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Catalonia,

Ricard Cervera is Head of the Department of Autoimmune Diseases (which he co-founded in 1995), at Hospital Clinic, Barcelona. He is also Team Leader of the Research Team on Systemic Autoimmune Diseases at the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) and Professor at the University of Barcelona where he coordinates the Master’s on Autoimmune Diseases. He qualified in medicine in 1983 from the University of Barcelona and received his PhD in 1988 for his thesis on anticardiolipin antibodies. He spent 2 years at the Lupus Research Unit at The Rayne Institute, St Thomas’ Hospital, London.

Professor Cervera is an Associate Editor of the journal Lupus Science & Medicine and is on the Editorial Boards of 20 medical journals. He is coordinator of the European Forum on Antiphospholipid Antibodies and of the European Working Party on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) (Euro-Lupus Group). He is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Catalan Association of Lupus Patients and Medical Advisor to Lupus Europe. He chaired the 6th and 8th International Congress on Autoimmunity, the 1st and 2nd Latin-American Congresses on Autoimmunity, the 5th Meeting of the European Forum on Antiphospholipid Antibodies and the 8th European Lupus Congress.

Professor Cervera’s research interests include clinical and epidemiological aspects of systemic autoimmune diseases, particularly SLE and antiphospholipid syndrome, with special focus on its ‘catastrophic’ variant. He has presented over 300 invited lectures and published more than 800 scientific papers (H-factor, 60), including original articles at the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis & Rheumatism, American Journal of Medicine and Medicine (Baltimore). He is co-editor of 25 books, including ‘The Antiphospholipid Syndrome’, ‘Vascular Manifestations of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases’ and ‘Diagnostic Criteria in Autoimmune Diseases’.

Professor Cervera is a member of the Lupus Academy Steering Committee and has been involved in the planning and development of the 4th Annual Meeting programme and materials.

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