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Editorial Board

Ciarán Fitzpatrick, Editor

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New Content ItemCiaràn is a Senior Editor with the BMC Series. He obtained his BSc in Neuroscience from University College Dublin, MSc & PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has authored 15 peer-reviewed articles developing behavioral tests to study psychiatric illnesses in rodents and humans. Having most enjoyed the publishing process while researching, Ciaràn relocated to London to pursue an Editorial career at BMC Series. He is committed to promoting open access, robust, and reproducible science at BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, BMC Rheumatology, and BMC Sports Science, Medicine & Rehabilitation.

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Assistant Editor: Danielle Talbot.

Senior Editorial Board Members - Alessia Alunno

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New Content ItemAlessia undertook her medical degree, specialty training in Rheumatology and PhD in medical biotechnologies at the University of Perugia, Italy. During her training, she also completed a research fellowship at the Centre for Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom. Her research activity mainly focuses on the interplay of T and B lymphocyte subsets and on the identification of novel autoantibodies in Sjögren’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis. Over the last decade Alessia gained extensive experience on the immunopathogenesis of rheumatic diseases and co-authored over 80 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Since 2016 Alessia is assistant professor of rheumatology working at the Rheumatology Unit, University of Perugia, Italy. In 2014 she joined the Editorial Board of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders as an Associate Editor and became a Senior Editorial Board Member of BMC Rheumatology in 2017.

Antonio LaCava

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Antonio LaCavaAntonio La Cava, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he directs the UCLA Center of Excellence for the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies. He serves in the editorial board of many scientific journals and is a member of grant review panels at the NIH and many international scientific Institutions. His research focuses on the mechanisms of immune tolerance and the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases and is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by other Foundations. His major interest is the development of effective translational strategies of immune-based intervention, with an emphasis on the characterization of unique properties of regulatory T lymphocytes in animal models of autoimmune disease.

Chang-Hee Suh

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Chang-Hee is a professor and director of the Rheumatology, Ajou University School of Medicine since March 2010 and director of Clinical Trial Center, Ajou University Hospital since March 2017. He obtained his MS in Medicine and PhD in Rheumatology from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. He worked as a postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Rheumatology, University of Pennsylvania. He has published more than 290 peer-reviewed articles with more than 4,000 citations. His research interest is the pathogenesis of autoimmune disease, diagnostic and disease activity markers in lupus, and development of new disease-specific treatment in autoimmune diseases.

Senior Board Members
Alessia Alunno, University of Perugia, Italy
Antonio LaCava, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Chang-Hee Suh, Ajou University, South Korea

Editorial Board Members
Clinical Rheumatology

Adewale Adebajo, University of Sheffield, UK
Fahd Adeeb, University Hospitals Limerick, Ireland
Angie Botto-van Bemden, Musculoskeletal Research Institute, USA
Emilio Besada, University of Tromso, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Emre Bilgin, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Turkey
Rebecca Grainger, University of Otago, New Zealand
Sinan Kardeş, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Turkey
Chengappa Kavadichanda, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, India
Peter Korsten, University Medical Center Gottingen, Germany
Anand Kumthekar, Montefiore Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Elena Nikiphorou, King's College London, UK
Piero Ruscitti, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Savino Sciascia, University of Torino, Italy
Emily Stein, Hospital for Special Surgery, USA

Epidemiology and Public Health
Carina Boström, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Hector Chinoy, University of Manchester, UK
Katie Druce, University of Manchester, UK
Angelo Gaffo, University of Alabama, USA
Jenny Humphreys, University of Manchester, UK
Md. Asiful Islam, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Heidi Lempp, Kings College London, UK
Ying Ying Leung, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
John Pauling, University of Bath, UK
Pascal Richette, Laribosière Hospital, France
Paul Studenic, Medical University Vienna, Austria
Thea Vliet Vlieland, Leiden University, Netherlands
Max Yates, University of East Anglia, UK
Sizheng Steven Zhao, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Pre-Clinical and Translational Science
Deshire Alpizar-Rodriguez, Research Unit, Mexican College of Rheumatology, Mexico
Stephan Bluml, Medical University Vienna, Austria
Mary Canavan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Francesco Carubbi, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Cong-Qiu Chu, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Kerstin Klein, University Hospital Bern, Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, Switzerland
Tue Wenzel Kragstrup, Aarhus University, Denmark
Yves-Marie Pers, CHU Montpellier, France
Javier Rodriguez-Carrio, University of Oviedo, Spain
Lisa van Baarsen, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Statistical Advisor
Ram Bajpal, Keele University, UK

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