Scientific Program

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Plenary Session 1: Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Chairs: Roger A. Levy, Brazil; Yehuda Shoenfeld, Israel


The heart and APS - Mary Carmen Amigo, Mexico

Renal involvement in the antiphospholipid syndrome - Ricard Cervera, Spain

Antiphospholipid syndrome and pregnancy: 20 years of experience in Ecuador - Claudio Galarza, Ecuador

New and upcoming treatments for APS - Roger A. Levy, Brazil

Plenary Session 2: Genomics, Autoimmunity and Autoimmune Diseases in Latin America

Chairs: Julio Granados-Arriola, Mexico; Marta Alarcón-Riquelme, Spain


Commonalities among autoimmune diseases - Juan-Manuel Anaya, Colombia

Autoimmune disease stratification - Marta Alarcón-Riquelme, Spain

HLA and disease - Julio Granados-Arriola, Mexico

Plenary Session 3: Autoimmunity in Latin America

Chairs: Luis J Jara Quezada, Mexico; Mario Cardiel, Mexico


Practical aspects in rheumatoid arthritis treatment in Latin America - Mario Cardiel, Mexico

Autoimmunity in Latin America: scientific productivity in this century - Luis J Jara Quezada, Mexico

Clinical manifestations of gluten related disorders - Patricia Abumohor, Chile

The Autoimmune Ecology - Carolina Ramirez-Santana, Colombia

Plenary Session 4: The ASIA Syndrome

Chairs:  Olga Vera-Lastra, Mexico; Manuel Martinez-Lavin, Mexico


Autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants - An update - Yehuda Shoenfeld, Israel

Autoimmune/Inflammatory syndrome induced by mineral oil. A health problem in Latin America - Olga Vera-Lastra, Mexico

HPV vaccine and fibromyalgia - Manuel Martinez-Lavin, Mexico

Vaccines and autoimmunity in CNS - Dimitrios Karussis, Israel

Plenary Session 5: The Environment in Autoimmunity

Chairs: Eric Gershwin, USA; Mario Garcia Carrasco, Mexico


Vitamin D and autoimmune diseases - Mario Garcia Carrasco, Mexico

Sex and autoimmunity: Why women? - Eric Gershwin, USA

Autoimmunity in domestic animals: The price of inbreeding - Laurel Gershwin, USA

Obesity, autoimmunity, and autoimmune diseases - Monica Vazquez del Mercado, Mexico

Plenary Session 6: Advances in Autoimmune Disease Therapy

Chairs: Morton Scheinberg, Brazil; Chaim Putterman, USA


The future landscape of biosimilars in rheumatology - Morton Scheinberg, Brazil

Targeting macrophages for the treatment of lupus nephritis (animal model/translational) - Chaim Putterman, USA

Role of antibodies and cytokines in CNS manifestations in SLE - Simone Appenzeller, Brazil

Dose tapering of biological therapies: safe or not? - Christopher Edwards, UK

Synthetic and biologic therapy during pregnancy and lactation in SLE - Roger A Levy, Brazil

The present of dendritic cells-based therapy for autoimmunity - Juan C Aguillon, Chile


Parallel Session 1: Systemic Autoimmune Diseases

Chairs:  Luc Mouthon, France; Enrique R. Soriano, Argentina


Treatment of ANCA-associated vasculitis - Luc Mouthon, France

Renal involvement of ANCA vasculitis - Enrique R. Soriano, Argentina

Usefulness of cardiac magnetic resonance in the cardiovascular evaluation of systemic sclerosisErnesto Cairoli, Uruguay

Metabolic syndrome, autoimmunity and autoimmune rheumatic diseases - Gabriela Medina, Mexico

Renal, vascular and central nervous system mechanisms of hypertension induced by immunity - Bernardo Rodriguez Iturbe, Venezuela

Multiple sclerosis – a classical autoimmune disease - Dimitrios Karussis, Israel

Parallel Session 3: Infection in Autoimmunity

Chairs: Luis R. Espinosa, USA; Claudia Mendoza - Pinto, Mexico


HIV - Overview and how it affects the natural history, course, and approach to therapy of autoimmune disorders - Luis R. Espinosa, USA

Human papillomavirus infection in autoimmune diseases - Claudia Mendoza- Pinto, Mexico

The role of infectious diseases in the catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome - Mario Garcia Carrasco, Mexico

Is Chikungunya virus infection a risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis? - Olga Vera-Lastra, Mexico

The paradoxical effect of infectious diseases on autoimmunity: main difference between rich and poor countries - Jorge Oscar Garcia Mendez, Mexico

Parallel Sessions in Spanish

Parallel Session 2: Autoantibody Updates

Chairs: Luis EC Andrade, Brazil; Ricard Cervera, Spain


Why autoantibody standardization is so critical for the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases - Luis EC Andrade, Brazil

Could the immune system be reset in early autoimmune diseases? - Alejandra Babini, Argentina

Differences among ACPA positive and ACPA negative Rheumatoid arthritis patients - Jose Alfredo Gomez-Puerta, Colombia

DFS interpretation - Monica Vazquez del Mercado, Mexico

New autoantibodies in dermatomyositis: serological specificities and phenotype correlations - Veronica Vilela, Brazil

Parallel Session 4: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Chairs: Manuel Ugarte-Gil, Peru; Guillermo Pons-Estel, Argentina


Flares in SLE. Predictors and consequence - Manuel Ugarte-Gil, Peru

Antimalarials old drug, new indications for SLE - Guillermo Pons-Estel, Argentina

Epidemiology of Lupus in Latin America - Enrique R. Soriano, Argentina

Urinary biomarkers in SLE - Jose Alfredo Gomez-Puerta, Colombia

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