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Understanding the Implications of COVID-19 for Patients with Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

Understanding the Implications of COVID-19 for Patients with Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases
Developed by CESAS Medical, under the auspices of the University of Glasgow This activity is supported by unrestricted educational grants from AbbVie and Lilly

Release date: 21 May 2020
Estimated time to complete activity: 1hr 30min
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After completing this activity, the learner will:
  • Describe the nature of the virus and its similarities and differences to other SARS viruses and other viral infections
  • Understand the options and strategies for managing patients during the pandemic
  • Understand the options and strategies for management of patients who have contracted COVID-19
  • Understand the important role of the COVID-19 registries worldwide

This activity is designed for qualified rheumatologists of all levels of seniority, and other healthcare professionals involved in treating patients with inflammatory disease.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused much concern in the rheumatology community and has highlighted an educational need to guide rheumatologists in the best practices for managing patients during this uncertain time. This online educational course, Understanding the Implications of COVID-19 for Patients with Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases, aims to discuss the important questions raised by the pandemic.

In this activity, Understanding the Implications of COVID-19 for Patients with Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases, international experts will discuss some of the important considerations for rheumatologists when managing patients in the COVID-19 pandemic. The course content will focus on the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, with and without COVID-19, in addition to highlighting the importance of inputting data into COVID-19 rheumatology registries during this time.

Participants must 1) read the activity information; 2) study the educational activity; 3) successfully complete the post-module assessments with a score of 80% or better; 4) and complete the evaluation form. Upon completion of the full activity, your certificate will be made available to download and print.

CESAS Medical requires faculty, presenters, planners, managers, writers, and any other individuals who are in a position to influence the content of this activity to disclose any real and/or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly reviewed and resolved according to CESAS Medical policy.

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Understanding the Implications of COVID-19 for Patients with Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases
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Professor Iain B. McInnes

President of EULAR, Muirhead Professor of Medicine, Director of the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation,
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Professor McInnes is a Muirhead Professor of Medicine and is the current President of EULAR. He is the Director of the Institute of Infection, immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow. He also serves as Director of the ARUK Centre of Excellence for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Professor Iain McInnes studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and graduated with honours in 1989 before training in internal medicine and rheumatology. He completed his membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1992 and became a fellow (FRCP) in 2003. He completed his PhD and post-doctoral studies via fellowships from the Wellcome Trust, the Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC, UK) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) Fogarty Fellowship Programme in both Glasgow and Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Professor McInnes’ research interests include understanding the role of cytokines in inflammatory synovitis. He leads a trials unit specialising in the use of biologic agents in early clinical trials in inflammatory arthritis. Professor McInnes has published widely in the areas of immunobiology and rheumatology, and he is Associate Editor of the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases and a member of the executive Editorial Board of the European Journal of Immunology. He gave the British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) Droitwich Lecture in 2012, and the Gerald Weissmann Lecture in Rheumatology in New York in 2013. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2008, and in 2012 was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

He received the Sir James Black Prize Medal, a prestigious award in medicine in 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the field of immunology. In 2019, Professor McInnes was awarded a CBE for services to Medicine.

Prof. Iain B. McInnes (Bio)
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Professor Johannes W.J. Bijlsma

Professor and Head of the Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology,
University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Professor Bijlsma is the past President of EULAR (2017-2019), and a Professor of Rheumatology at the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

He acquired his Medical degree and PhD from the University of Utrecht and has been a Professor of Rheumatology since 1990. Professor Bijlsma was the Chairman of The EULAR Standing Committee on Education and Training, EULAR Educational Officer and has been EULAR Treasurer. He has also held a variety of roles from 1992-2008 at the Dutch Society for Rheumatology, including Scientific Secretary, President and Chairman Consilium. He is chairman of the Advisory Board of the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases and is on the editorial board of Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology and Clinical Rheumatology.

Professor Bijlsma researches and specialises in immune aspects of rheumatic diseases and Osteoarthritis. He has authored and co-authored over 800 articles published in peer-reviewed international journals, has contributed chapters in a number of textbooks, and has edited and co-edited several books in the field of Rheumatology, including the EULAR Textbooks.

Prof. Johannes W.J. Bijlsma (Bio)
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Professor Kevin Winthrop

Professor of Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Ophthalmology,
Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon, USA

Professor Kevin Winthrop received his undergraduate degree in biology from Yale University and completed his MD degree at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, USA. He obtained a masters degree in epidemiology at University California at Berkeley and completed an infectious disease epidemiology fellowship with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) before serving as a staff member at CDC. He has co-authored more than 100 publications, many detailing epidemiologic and clinical aspects of infections and other adverse events associated with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, particularly those related to biologic immunosuppressive therapies. Professor Winthrop also serves on the editorial board of Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, as Section Editor of Current Rheumatology Reports, and as an Associate Editor of BMC Infectious Diseases.

Prof. Kevin Winthrop (Bio)
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Professor Christopher Edwards

Honorary Chair of Clinical Rheumatology,
University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Professor Christopher Edwards is Consultant Rheumatologist and Honorary Chair of Clinical Rheumatology, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust within Medicine at the University of Southampton. He graduated with honors from King's College London and trained at the Hammersmith and St George's Hospitals in London. He was a registrar for Professor Graham Hughes at the St Thomas' Hospital lupus unit and then undertook a period of research as a lecturer at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at Imperial College under the supervision of Professor Ravinder Maini. He moved to Southampton in 2001 after working for a year as a rheumatology consultant at Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore.

Professor Edwards is a clinical rheumatologist with research interests and expertise in the epidemiology and treatment of inflammatory rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

He is a member of international committees working to produce guidelines for the best management of rheumatic diseases, leading a systematic review of guidelines for the use of radiology in the diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis for EULAR. With expertise in the planning and delivery of trials in this area, including early stage trials, Professor Edwards has developed strong local and international partnerships with clinical and academic colleagues, centered on his role as clinical lead of the Southampton Musculoskeletal Research Unit. Professor Edwards also serves as Associate Editor for Rheumatology, and on the editorial board of Lupus.

Prof. Christopher Edwards (Bio)
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Professor Kimme Hyrich

Professor of Epidemiology,
UK Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis

Professor Hyrich completed her Bachelor of Science and Medical degree at the University of Manitoba in Canada. Following this, she trained in Internal Medicine in Winnipeg, Canada and completed a Fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Toronto. She was awarded her PhD in 2005 subsequently working as a CIHR Research Fellow at the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit in Manchester. She is now Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Manchester and an Honorary Rheumatology Consultant at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Her main research interests centre on outcomes in inflammatory arthritis, with a focus on pharmacoepidemiology. Professor Hyrich is a member of the EULAR registries group and the chief investigator for the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register for Rheumatoid Arthritis as well as two national biologic registers for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis; the Versus Arthritis funded Safety of Biologics in Children with Rheumatic Diseases and the BSPAR Etanercept JIA Register. Professor Hyrich was instrumental in the collaboration of the global COVID-19 registers for patients with rheumatic disease.

Prof Kimme Hyrich (Bio)
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