Open questions in autoimmunity: Discussions from the 2013 Controversies in Rheumatology and Autoimmunity Meeting

Carlo Selmi, Yehuda Shoenfeld

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Abstract

The recent CORA (Controversies in Rheumatology and Autoimmunity) meeting held in 2013 represented a unique opportunity for rheumatologists to address several topics. Among these, four topics include: (i) the role of epigenetic changes in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as shown by studies in monozygotic twins; (ii) the cardiovascular and atherosclerotic risk in patients with RA treated with biologics; (iii) the use of new biomarkers for the diagnosis and follow-up of RA and other autoimmune diseases, as represented by the new automatic machines for anti-nuclear antibodies detection, or ultrasound imaging to follow RA progression; and (iv) the latest guidelines on how to use and manage biologic therapies in RA and other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus. In summary, we will herein present these topics of discussion and underline the conclusions obtained by rheumatologists during the 2013 CORA Meeting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number50
JournalBMC Medicine
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2014

Keywords

  • Anti-nuclear antibodies
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiovascular system
  • DNA methylation
  • microRNA
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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