Josef Smolen is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He received his MD degree from the University of Vienna, trained there in Immunology, Medicine and Rheumatology and was research fellow at the Arthritis Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA. 1989-2017 he was Chairman of 2nd Department of Medicine at Hietzing Hospital and 1995-2018 Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Division of Rheumatology at Medical University of Vienna, where he also acted as Chairman of the Department of Medicine 3 from 2007-2018.
Major scientific interests concern the pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases, translational research, outcomes and epidemiologic research, and novel therapies and therapeutic strategies in rheumatic diseases. Basic research activities included mechanisms of T-cell activation and prevention of joint damage in arthritis. He developed clinical scores for rheumatoid, psoriatic arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. He led task forces for the elaboration of a number of management recommendations for several rheumatic diseases (RA, PsA).
Josef Smolen was President of EULAR from 2003 to 2005 and President of the Austrian Society of Rheumatology, Austrian Society of Immunology and Treasurer of the International Union of Immunological Societies. Dr Smolen is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and Honorary Doctor of Lund University (Sweden), Leiden University (The Netherlands) and Semmelweis University (Hungary). He is co-editor of “Rheumatology”, now in preparation of its 8th. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Room Grand Ballroom 103+104+105
[Special Lecture] Keynote Lecture 1
Update on the management of rheumatoid arthritis: Current insights and a look into the future