#APLAR22

Speakers

We are pleased to announce the below plenary and invited speakers for APLAR 2022. 

Browse through their profiles, by clicking on their photo for more information. 

New speakers are always being confirmed, so be sure to check back regularly for new additions!

Prof. Frank Buttgereit
Charité University Medicine, Berlin
Prof. James Wei
Institute of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan
Prof. Peter Nash
Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Dr. Winnie Chan
Institute of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taiwan
Prof. Natalia Chu Oi Ciang
Hospital Authority, Hong Kong
Prof. Lie Dai
Institute of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, China
Dr. Monika de Silva
College Of Specialists In Rheumatology & Rehabilitation, Sri Lanka
Prof. Samina Ghaznavi
Pakistan Society For Rheumatology (psr), Pakistan
Dr. Syed Haq
Green Life Center For Rheumatic Care And Research, Bangladesh
Dr. Assunta Ho
Prince Of Wales Hospital, Chinese University Of Hong Kong
Dr. Ling Yin, (Yvonne) Ho
HKSR, Hong Kong
Prof. Hideto Kameda
Toho University, Japan
Dr. Yan Kitty Kwok
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong
Dr. Tin Lok Lai
Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Hong Kong
Dr. Ka Lai, Violet Lee
Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong
Dr. Sang-heon Lee
Konkuk University School Of Medicine, South Korea
Keith Lim
Western Health, Melbourne University, Australia
Leong Khai Pang
Singapore
Dr. Steve HT Pang
Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong
Dr. Prapaporn Pisitkun
Faculty Of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand
Shahana Rahman
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh
Prof. Aman Sharma
Pgimer, Chandigarh, India
Surjit Singh
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education And Research Chandigarh, India
Dr. Watchareewan Sontichai
Faculty Of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Prof. Simon Stebbings
University of Otago, Dunedin School of Medicine, New Zealand
Dr. Tsutomu Takeuchi
Saitama Medical University/Keio University, Japan
Prof. Michael Tee
University Of The Philippines Manila, Philippines
Dr. Chi Hung To
Hospital Authority, Hong Kong
Galymzhan Togizbayev
Qazaq College Of Rheumatology, Kazakhstan
Yukai Wang
Shantou Central Hospital, New Zealand
Kunihiro Yamaoka
Department of Rheumatology and Infectious Diseases, Kitasato University, Japan
Jiuliang Zhao
Peking Union Medical College Hospital, China
Prof. Debashish Danda
India
Prof. Annamaria Iagnocco
The University Of Turin, Italy
Prof. Iain McInnes
United Kingdom
Prof. Eric Morand
Monash University School Of Clinical Sciences, Australia
Prof. Ranjeny Thomas
University of Queensland, Australia
Prof. Kenneth Saag
University Of Alabama At Birmingham, United States
Prof. Dr. Georg Schett
Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Department of Medicine 3, Germany
Prof. Tsutomu Takeuchi
Japan
Prof. Lai-Shan Tam
The Chinese University Of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Sakir Ahmed
Kalinga Institute Of Medical Sicences, India
Prof. Sulaiman Al-Mayouf
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Elizabeth Ang
National University Hospital, Singapore
A/Prof. Thaschawee Arkachaisri
Kk Women's And Children's Hospital, Duke-nus Medical School, Singapore
Prof. Tatsuya Atsumi
Hokkaido University, Japan
Dr. Sunith Himantha Atukorale
Ministry Of Health, Sri Lanka
Dr. Elaine Au
Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
A/Prof. Christine Bernal
University Of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Prof. Andrew Briggs
Curtin University, Australia
Matthew Buckland
UCL GOSH-ICH, United Kingdom
Dr. Cynthia Chan
Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong
Prof. T M Chan
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Shirley Chiu Wai Chan
University Of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Sze Ngai Jeffrey Chau
Grappa Prp, Hong Kong
Xanthe Chua
TAn Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
Assoc. Prof. Sumapa Chaiamnuay
Phramongkutklao Hospital, Thailand
Prof. Ernest Choy
Cardiff University School of Medicine, United Kingdom
Dr Ho Yin Chung
Hong Kong Society Of Rheumatology, Hong Kong
Prof. Francesco Ciccia
University Della Campania L. Vanvitelli, Italy
Prof. Debashish Danda
India
Dr. Thorlene Egerton
The University Of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Dirk Elewaut
Vib Center For Inflammation Research; Ghent University, Belgium
Dr. Ivan Foeldvari
Hamburger Zentrum Für Kinder- Und Jugendrheumatologie, Germany
Prof. Sumaira Farman
National Hospital & Medical Center; Central Park Medical College; FJMU; Arthritis Care Foundation, Pakistan
Dr. Shunsuke Furuta
Chiba University Hospital, Japan
Dr Takahisa Gono
Department Of Allergy And Rheumatology, Nippon Medical School Graduate School Of Medicine, Japan
Dr. Jon Giles
Columbia University, Vagelos College Of Physicians & Surgeons, United States
Latika Gupta
India
Prof. Rebecca Grainger
University of Otago, New Zealand
Sofia Grigoriadou
Barts Health Nhs Trust, United Kingdom
Dr. Laniyati Hamijoyo
University Of Padjadjaran, Indonesia
Muhammad Haroon
Fatima Memorial Hospital & FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Pakistan
Prof. Masayoshi Harigai
Tokyo Women's Medical University, Japan
Dr. Tze Kwan, Carmen Ho
Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
Prof. Annamaria Iagnocco
The University Of Turin, Italy
Dr. Kei Ikeda
Chiba University Hospital
Dr. Kanon Jatuworapruk
Thammasat University, Thailand
Dr. Matthew Jiang
Western Health, Australia
Prof. Alireza Khabbazi
Connective Tissue Diseases Research Center, Tabriz University Of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
Dinesh Khanna
University of Michigan, United States
Prof. Masataka Kuwana
Nippon Medical School, Japan
Prof. Mitsumasa Kishimoto
Kyorin university school of medicine, Japan
Ms Kwok Suet Kei
Hospital Authority, Hong Kong
A/Prof. Yohei Kirino
Yokohama City University, Japan
Dr. Laura Lewandowski
Head, Lupus Genomics and Global Disparities Unit, NIAMS, NIH, United States
Dr. Philip Li
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Prof. Worawit Louthrenoo
Thailand
Dr. Kuo-Lung Lai
Division Of Allergy, Immunology And Rheumatology, Department Of Internal Medicine, Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan
Prof. Chak-Sing Lau
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Vince Lau
Gleneagles Hospital, Hong Kong
Dr. Ka Wing Gavin Lee
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, Hong Kong
Dr. Victor Lee
CUHK Medical Centre, Hong Kong
Katy Leung
Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
Prof. Vidya Limaye
Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia
Prof. Liwei Lu
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Prof. Ingrid Lundberg
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Assoc. Prof. Dr. PhD Peter Mandl
Division Of Rheumatology, Medical University Of Vienna, Austria
Prof Ashish Jacob Matthew
Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
Prof. Iain McInnes
United Kingdom
A/Prof. Takako Miyamae
Tokyo Women's Medical University, Japan
Chi Chiu Mok
Tuen Mun Hospital, Hong Kong
Prof. Ingrid Moller
Instituto Poal De Reumatologia Barcelona, University Of Barcelona International University Of Catalunya, Spain
Prof. Eric Morand
Monash University School Of Clinical Sciences, Australia
Kathleen Morrisroe
St Vincent's Hospital, Australia
Prof. Sandra Navarra
University Of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Prof. Fai Ng
Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Dr. Rachel Nelligan
The University Of Melbourne, Australia
Prof. Alexis Ogdie
University of Pennsylvania, United States
A/Prof. Kenji Oku
Department of Rheumatology and infectious Diseases, Kitasato University, Japan
Dr. Dana Orange
Rockefeller University, United States
Dr. Kade Paterson
Centre For Health, Exercise & Sports Medicine, He Unversity Of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Jung Yoon Pyo
Yonsei University College Of Medicine, South Korea
Prof. Chaim Putterman
Bar Ilan Universtiy/Albert Einstein College Of Medicine, United States
A/Prof. Jasmin Raja
University Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia
Philip Robinson
Australia
Prof. Kenneth Saag
University Of Alabama At Birmingham, United States
Dr. Ennaliza Salazar
Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
Dr. Anthony Michael Sammel
Prince Of Wales Hospital, Australia
Dr. Anindita Santosa
Division of Rheumatology, Changi General Hospital, Singapore
Dr Ho SO
Dr. Ho So
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Chang-Nam Son
Keimyung University School Of Medicine, South Korea
Prof. Dr. Georg Schett
Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Department of Medicine 3, Germany
Prof. Chris Scott
University Of Cape Town, South Africa
Prof. Kichul Shin
Seoul Metropolitan Government-seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, South Korea
Prof. Lai-Shan Tam
The Chinese University Of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Dr. Dhaval Tanna
Saurashtra Rheumatology Centre, India
Prof. Yoshiya Tanaka
University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan
Rene Toes
Dept. Of Rheumatology, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands
Dr. Lisa Traboco
St Luke's Medical Center - Global City, Philippines
Prof. Annette Van der van Mil
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands
Dr. Binit Vaidya
National Center For Rheumatic Diseases, Nepal
Prof. Chrong-Reen Wang
National Cheng Kung University Hospital And Medical College, Taiwan
Dr. Priscilla Wong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Prof. Tian Xinping
Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy Of Medical Sciences And Peking Union Medical College, China
Prof. Guochun Wang
China-japan Friendship Hospital, China
MD Julie Yu
Philippine Rheumatology Association, Philippines
Prof. Raymond Yung
University of Michigan, United States
Prof. Kazuhiko Yamamoto
Riken Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Japan
Prof. Zhuo-Li Zhang
Peking University First Hospital, China
Prof. Vahid Ziaee
Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
Prof. Ali Zubairi
Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Daniel Aletaha
Austria
Kim Bennell
Australia
Frank Buttgereit
Charité University Medicine, Berlin
Bin Cao
China
Dr. Peter Cheung
National University Hospital, Singapore
David Choon
University Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia
Amy Fu
Hong Kong
M.D. Hasni
National Institutes of Health, United States
Tang Ching Lau
Singapore Society of Rheumatology, Singapore
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Prof. Frank Buttgereit

Charité University Medicine , Berlin

Senior consultant and Deputy Head of the Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University Medicine, Berlin

Frank Buttgereit is a senior consultant and deputy (and currently acting) head of the Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the Charité, University Medicine in Berlin. He also directs a liaison research group at the Deutsche Rheuma-Forschungszentrum.

He studied Medicine at the Humboldt University Berlin, Charité, became Associate Professor/Senior Registrar in 1997, and has held the position of Professor of Rheumatology at the Charité since 2002. He has recently been appointed honorary professor for rheumatology at the Rosario University of Bogota, Colombia.

Dr. Buttgereit has expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal and rheumatic diseases, including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, myositis and different forms of vasculitis. He is also internationally recognised for his work on mechanisms of glucocorticoid actions and on bioenergetics of immune functions and has been principal investigator in a variety of clinical studies on effects of anti-inflammatory agents in patients with rheumatic disease.

Dr. Buttgereit has been the recipient of research awards in 1988 (Humboldt price) and 2002 (Schuler award) and has received scholarships in 1990 (Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation), 1992-94 and 1996 (DAAD), and a BIH Clinical Fellowship (2017 – 2023). He was or is currently on the editorial board of several journals, including Ann Rheum Dis, Rheumatology, Arthritis Research & Therapy, Z Rheumatol and Inflammopharmacology, and author of more than 365 publications.

James Wei

Prof. James Wei

Taiwan

Professor Wei is currently Professor of Institute of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Vice Superintendent and Director of Clinical Trial Center of Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.

After his training in rheumatology and clinical immunology at Taichung and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, Dr Wei undertook a fellowship at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, UK, under Professor Andrei Calin. He pursued a research fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), under Professor David Yu, investigating the pathogenesis of spondyloarthritis.

He has published 300+ articles in SCI journals, such as the NEJM, JAMA, Lancet, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Arthritis & Rheumatology, International Journal of Epidemiology and Rheumatology. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases and associate editor of the Frontiers in immunology and Frontiers in pharmacology.

His major interests are translational research in AS, clinical trials and big data epidemiological studies.

Peter Nash

Prof. Peter Nash

 

Peter Nash is Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University, Queensland, and Director of the Rheumatology Research Unit on the Sunshine Coast. Prof Nash currently Chairs the ASMPOC, has Chaired the Professional Affairs Committee, the Therapeutics Committee , and the NHMRC musculoskeletal panels as well as serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australian Rheumatology Association. He is a former member of the Therapeutics Committee of the Australia and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. He remains on the International Steering Committee for GRAPPA. He is on the editorial board of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases and RMD Open.

Prof. Nash and his group at the Rheumatology Research Unit have been involved in the pivotal registration clinical trials for all modern targeted biologic therapies and os-teoporosis therapies. He has published more than 230 peer-reviewed papers and 6 book chapters, and was recently recognised as Australian rheumatology leader for citations in the top 20 rheumatology journals over the last 5 years. Special interests include metabolic bone disease and novel therapeutics.

Dr. Winnie Chan

University Malaya Medical Centre, Malaysia

Dr Chan Kwai Yu Winnie is currently the Chief-of-Service of the Department of Paediatrics, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong. She graduated from the Medical School, University of Hong Kong and joined the Department of Paediatrics of Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1990. She obtained her FHKAM and FHKCPaed in 1996 and became a Fellow of The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2018. Dr Chan had her clinical attachment to the Paediatric Rheumatology Department in Chicago’s Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital, a center with a leading role in the science of Juvenile Dermatomyositis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. To expand the scope of exposure, she had studied with Ivan Foeldvari, MD, in Germany, focusing on Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and scleroderma. She is currently the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Society for Paediatric Rheumatology and had lead the group in various projects in Paediatric Rheumatology.

Natalia Chu Ciang

Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

I am currently the council member and one of the office bearers in the Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology (HKSR). I have been the core member in the SLE special interest group (SIG) of the HKSR since 2017 and Spondyloarthritis (SpA) SIG of HKSR since 2019. Lately I also joined the APLAR SLE and SpA SIGs. I have published articles focusing on SLE and SpA in journals Rheumatology, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and International Journals of Rheumatic Diseases. My abstracts were accepted as posters and oral presentation by various international conferences like EULAR, ACR, and BSR. I currently serve as the Editorial Board member in Journal of Clinical Rheumatology & Immunology. I have also been invited to give various lectures to Rheumatology trainees and public regarding disease activity and damage of SLE and current treatment paradigm.

Lie Dai

China

Dr. Monika de Silva

College Of Specialists In Rheumatology & Rehabilitation Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

Dr Monika de Silva
desilva.monika@yahoo.com
+94714267864


Dr Monika de Silva is a consultant rheumatologist in National Hospital of Sri Lanka(NHSL) ,the premier tertiary care hospital of the country.She is also an honorary senior lecturer in the faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo.
Dr Monika is the immediate past president of College of Specialists in Rheumatology & Rehabilitation Sri Lanka.She is a member of the Specialty Board in Rheumatology & Rehabilitation, of Post Graduate Institute of Medicine(PGIM), University of Colombo. She is also a member of the specialty board in Sports & Exercise Medicine in PGIM.


She completed fellowship in Rheumatology in University of Alberta, Edmonton.
Her special interests include early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with methotrexate and leflunomide, management of SLE with minimising steroids,vasculitis,gout and JIA.


She also has several publications in the field of rheumatology.

Prof. Samina Ghaznavi

Pakistan Society For Rheumatology (psr), Pakistan

Prof Samina Ghaznavi, MBBS, MCPS, FCPS, FACR is a Consultant in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She is the current President of Pakistan Society for Rheumatology, and also member APLAR Special Interest Group for Osteoarthritis.
She graduated from Sind Medical College, (Karachi) where she was given the award of “Best Graduate of the year” with distinctions and gold medals in Medicine and Surgery.

She did her fellowship in Medicine from Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center Karachi. Her special interest was Rheumatology
She spearhead genetic research in Pakistan in “The association of HLA DR 4 with Rheumatoid Arthritis”

She worked in, Liaqat National Hospital, Karachi in the department of Medicine, and has to her credit close to a hundered postgraduates in Medicine.

Dr. Syed Atiqul Haq

Green Life Center For Rheumatic Care And Research, Bangladesh

Dr. SA Haq, Chief Consultant, Green Life Center for Rheumatic Care and Research, and former Professor, Department of Rheumatology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) established the first Rheumatology Clinic of the country in October 1991. He was one of the co-founders of Bangladesh Rheumatology Society in 1997 and now is its President. In June 2000, as Chief Investigator, he founded the COPCORD Study Group in Bangladesh. The group has completed stage I COPCORD study and is carrying out stage II and III activities. He became Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) in July 2001and Professor of Rheumatology in July 2006. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2003 and International Fellowship of the American College of Rheumatology in 2005. Dr. Haq’s areas of academic interest include Epidemiology of rheumatic disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis and SLE. He has 157 publications in local and international journals out of which 104 are originals. He was awarded a Gold Medal by “Bangladesh Academy of Sciences” for contribution to the advancement of Science in the country. He has served Asia-Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) in the capacities of APLAR-COPCORD (Community Oriented Program for Control of Rheumatic Disorders) coordinator, Vice President, Treasurer and President. Currently, Dr. Haq is holding the position of Immediate Past President in APLAR.

Dr. Assunta Ho

Prince Of Wales Hospital, Chinese University Of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Assunta Ho finished her training and received the Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Paediatrician and Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 2006. She is now the Associated Consultant at the Prince of Wales Hospital and the Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Inspired by Dr Joannie Hui, Dr Ho develops an interest in paediatric rheumatology early in her career. In 2008, she was awarded the HM Lui Fellowship to pursue training at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in the United Kingdom. She is now the vice president of the Hong Kong Society for Paediatric Rheumatology and a member of the APLAR Paediatric Rheumatology Special interest Group. She has been leading several initiatives, including an updated on the local JIA treatment algorithm and the Hong Kong JIA registry.

Dr. Ling Yin, (Yvonne) Ho

HKSR, Hong Kong

Dr Ho is a Rheumatology specialist trained up in Hong Kong. She obtained her Medical Degree in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She had overseas training in Leiden University Medical Centre in 2012. She has been working in public hospital in Hong Kong for 20 years. She involves in patient care, research work and education.

Hideto Kameda

Toho University, Japan

Hideto Kameda, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Toho University, Japan. (2013-present)
He received a PhD from Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo in 1991. He was a post-doctoral fellow at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA from 1997 to 2000.

Prof. Kameda’ research interests focus on the pathogenesis of collagen disease and intractable pathology, optimizing biological therapy and evaluation of arthritis by ultrasound of joints and he has also been engaged in clinical trials and studies of novel agents in inflammatory arthritis.
Prof. Kameda is a member of multiple review boards in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, an editorial member of 4 academic journals, and a peer reviewer of more than 30 academic papers annually. Prof. Kameda has served as a director of Japan Society for Clinical Immunology and Japan Spondyloarthritis Society.

Dr. Yan Kitty Kwok

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong

Dr Kitty Kwok is currently the council member of Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology. She is working as associate consultant in Queen Elizabeth Hospital since 2016. Her main field of interest is rheumatoid arthritis and contributes in local rheumatoid arthritis registry. Future aspiration would be to apply artificial intelligence in RA imaging.

Dr. Tin Lok Lai

Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Hong Kong

Dr. LAI is a specialist in Rheumatology, currently working as the associate consultant in Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Hong Kong.

His special interest is psoriatic arthritis and its co-morbidities.

Dr. Ka Lai, Violet Lee

Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, Hong Kong

Dr Lee graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and obtained her Fellowship of Medicine (Rheumatology) in HK and Edinburgh. Currently she is the consultant and team head of Rheumatology Division in Pamela Youde Netheresole Eastern Hosptial. Her special interest is in musculoskeletal ultrasound and inflammatory arthritis. She had published number of papers and abstracts concerning the related topic.

Dr. Sang-heon Lee

Konkuk University School Of Medicine, South Korea

Professor, Konkuk University School of Medicine

Keith Lim

Western Health, Melbourne University, Australia

Leong Khai Pang

Singapore

Dr. Steve HT Pang

Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong

Dr Pang Hin-ting Steve, is currently the Associate Consultant in the division of Rheumatology team at the Department of Medicine and Geriatrics at Kwong Wah Hospital, a regional acute hospital situated in Central Kowloon. He obtained his medical degree in the University of Hong Kong in 2005 and completed his training in rheumatology in 2013. Over the last decade, he has been active in the field of rheumatology, working as the Council Member of Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology Education & Research Foundation and Co-op member of Hong Kong Society of Rheumatology. He is currently one of the reviewers of International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.

Dr. Prapaporn Pisitkun

Faculty Of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand

Dr. Pisitkun is an immunologist-rheumatologist committed to scrutinizing the roots of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) at their breadth and depth via state-of-the-art tools and imaginations. At the NIAID, she discovered TLR7 as a susceptibility gene for SLE. She has continued translating immunogenomics investigations in lupus mice and SLE patients into actionable treatment solutions in Thailand. She has developed a panel of inflammatory cytokines to use as guidance for her patients’ precision management. During the early stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, her strong public spirit led to a call out to the Thai government to act on bringing a more proper vaccination platform for the Thai population. In March 2022, she was elected president of the Thai Rheumatism Association.

Shahana Rahman

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh

Pioneer in Pediatric Rheumatology in Bangladesh. Currently working as Professor of Paediatrics in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Prof. Aman Sharma

Pgimer, Chandigarh, India

Surjit Singh

Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education And Research Chandigarh, India

Dr. Watchareewan Sontichai

Faculty Of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Prof. Simon Stebbings

University of Otago, Dunedin School of Medicine, New Zealand

Dr. Tsutomu Takeuchi

Saitama Medical University/Keio University, Japan

Prof. Michael Tee

University Of The Philippines Manila, Philippines

Dr. Chi Hung To

Hospital Authority, Hong Kong