Professor David A. Isenberg, MD, FRCP, FAMS

Professor David A. Isenberg, MD, FRCP, FAMS

University College London,
United Kingdom

David Isenberg is the Arthritis Research UK Diamond Jubilee Professor of Rheumatology at University College London (UCL). He graduated from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, in 1973, and trained in general medicine, rheumatology, neurology, psychiatry and gastroenterology, becoming a Research Fellow at UCL/The Middlesex Hospital in 1979. He was awarded his MD in 1984, based on his studies of myositis. During a year of research at Tufts University, Boston, he became interested in autoantibody structure/function and origin. He was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist in 1984, Professor in 1991 and became the arc Diamond Jubilee Chair of Rheumatology at UCL in 1996. He has fellowships of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Isenberg is on the Editorial Boards of five journals, including the Journal of Rheumatology. He is Chair of the British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG) and Lupus UK’s Research Committee and was Chair of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics group (SLICC) (1998−2003). During the past 20 years, Professor Isenberg has undertaken many roles at Arthritis Research UK and currently sits on the Executive Board. He is past-President of the British Society for Rheumatology (2004−2006) and he chaired the Society’s Biologics Register Committee for 5 years (2006−2011). Professor Isenberg was the 2010 recipient of the Evelyn V. Hess Prize from the Lupus Foundation of America for his contribution to lupus research and treatment. He has authored over 550 original articles, 275 reviews/chapters and 18 books, many on topics related to lupus.

Professor Isenberg’s principal clinical interests are the development of disease activity and damage assessment tools in patients with lupus. His specialist interest is autoimmune rheumatic diseases, notably systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, myositis and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome.


Professor Isenberg does not accept personal honoraria but asks that an equivalent sum is given to an arthritis charity of his choosing.

Professor Isenberg is a member of the Lupus Academy Steering Committee and has been involved in the planning and development of the 5th Annual Meeting programme and materials.

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