With the increasing number of biologics available that are targeted treatments for autoimmune diseases, it is increasingly important to understand the mechanisms of action and differences between these drugs.  Unlike other immunology courses that try to teach more advanced immunology, this course presents the basic immunology that is pertinent for rheumatlogy as it relates to the specific disease states.  This course is perfect as a refresher course for rheumatologists or as an important review of targeted rheumatologic drugs for MDs, PAs, NPs or nurses.  CME (CEUs) will be available for MDs, NPs, PAs, RNs and PharmDs. 

Immunology for      Rheumatology Providers:           a disease-based approach

May 1, 2019
  • 7:00 a.m.

    7:00 - Continental Breakfast

    7:00 a.m.  Exhibits Open

  • 8:00 a.m.

    8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
    Alan Epstein, M.D.
    8:30 a.m. Introduction to Immunology for the Rheumatology Provider
    Alan Epstein, M.D. 

  • 9:00 a.m.

    9:30 a.m. The Immunopathogenesis and Immunologically Targeted Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Alan Epstein, M.D.

  • 10:00 a.m.

    10:30 a.m. BREAK

    10:45 a.m. The Immunology of Psoriatic Arthritis & Ankylosing Spondylitis & Their Immunologically Targeted Treatments
    Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H.

  • 11:00 a.m.

    11:45 a.m.  The Immunology of SLE and How Understanding Allows the Development of Targeted Therapies
    Ronald van Vollenhoven, M.D., Ph.D

  • 12:00 noon

    12:45 p.m.  LUNCH

  • 1:00 p.m.

    1:45 p.m.  Rheumatic Immune-related Adverse Events From Cancer Immunotherapy: Basic, Translational & Clinical Immunologic Basis
    Leonard Calabrese, D.O.

  • 2:00 p.m.

    2:45 p.m. Highlights of 2018-2019 in Basic and Clinical Immunology
    Leonard Calabrese, D.O.

  • 3:00 p.m. 

    ADJOURN  3:45 p.m.

Immunology Faculty

Leonard H. Calabrese, D.O.

Professor of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
R.J. Fasenmeyer Chair of Clinical Immunologic Diseases
Dept. of Rheumatic & IImmunologic Diseases
Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Alan L. Epstein, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Medicine
Attending Physician
Pennsylvania Hospital
Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine
Director, Translational Immunology Center
Allergy Immunology Rheumatlology Center
University of Rochester Medical Center

ronald F. van vollenhoven,  M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Rheumatology
Amsterdam University Medical Centers
Director, Amsterdam Rheumatology & Immunology Center AMC
Chief, Dept. of Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology, AMC
Chief, Dept. of Rheumatology VUMC
Chair, Rheumatology Research Council,
Editor-in-Chief, Lupus Science & Medicine