Professor Sandra Navarra, MD, FPCP, FPRA

Professor Sandra Navarra, MD, FPCP, FPRA

University of Santo Tomas, Manila,

Professor Sandra Navarra is Professor and Head of Rheumatology at University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. She served as Secretary- General, Head of the Education Committee, chaired the special interest group on systemic lupus erythematosus of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR), and was President of the Philippine Rheumatology Association. She founded the Lupus Foundation of the Philippines where she has served as Medical Adviser. Currently President and CEO of the Rheumatology Educational Trust Foundation Inc. (RETFI), she is the prime mover of the Lupus Inspired Advocacy (LUISA) Project for lupus education and research, and the People Empowerment for Arthritis and Lupus (PEARL) movement for lay education and medical assistance programmes. Professor Navarra is a founding member of the Lupus Academy Steering Committee and a founding and executive board member of both Asia Pacific Lupus Collaboration (APLC) and Asian Lupus Nephritis Network (ALNN).

Professor Navarra is an experienced clinical trials’ investigator and has published widely in the field of lupus and other rheumatic diseases. She is a well-known lecturer in a broad range of topics in rheumatology and has received several university and national awards for contributions to education and research. She has organised several national and regional educational meetings including the Ten Topics in Rheumatology – Asia (November 2009), the first Asian Lupus Summit (November 2012), the Asian Lupus Summit by the Lupus Academy (March 2014), the Lupus Nephritis Forum (July 2015), the Lupus Academy Roadshow Meetings (May 2016 and November 2017) and the “Lupus for the Internist” postgraduate courses (April 2018, May 2018), all held in the Philippines.

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