Pediatric Autoimmunity

Prof. Tadej Avcin recommends the Autoimmunity Congress to pediatricians.

​"The 10th International Congress on Autoimmunity in Leipzig will provide an exciting programme in the field of pediatric autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases. I would particularly highlight three sessions:

  1. The session on systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and hereditary periodic fever syndromes. In the last decade there was a remarkable progress in our understanding of etiopathogenesis and genetics of monogenic and polygenic autoinflammatoy diseases including systemic JIA. Two outstanding experts in the field, Dr. Rolando Cimaz and Dr. Luca Cantarini will discuss the latest data on ethiopathogenesis of systemic JIA and novel discoveries in the field of hereditary periodic fever syndromes.
    View the session on systemic onset JIA and periodic fever syndrome.pdf

  2. The sessions on vaccines and autoimmunity. The topics of vaccine and adjuvant-induced autoimmune diseases are of particular relevance for practicing pediatricians. This is still a controversial issue and emerging number of reports call for inception cohort studies to address possible associations. Two sessions will provide an insight into the latest research findings in experimental animal models and human studies on the topics of vaccine and adjuvant-induced autoimmunity.
    View the session on vaccines and autoimmunity.pdf

  3. The session on hygiene theory, microbiome and probiotics. Skin and gut are two large organs of the immune system that harbor an extensive microbiome. In recent years it became apparent that microbiome differ in patients with autoimmune diseases and is crucially involved in the pathogenesis with successive accumulation of pathogens that could dysregulate gene transcription, translation and metabolic processes. Of particular interest for pediatricians is inheritance of familial microbiome within families with autoimmune diseases that may significantly influence the development of immune tolerance in the very first years of child's life."
    View the session on hygiene​ theory, microbiome, probiotics.pdf


Dr Tadej Avcin works as a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist and Head of the Department of Allergology, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the Children's Hospital, University Medical Center Ljubljana, Slovenia. He graduated in medicine from the University of Ljubljana in 1996 and completed his residency in paediatrics at the Children's Hospital, University Medical Center Ljubljana in 2003. Dr Avcin completed his fellowship in paediatric rheumatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada between 2004 and 2005. In 2004 he became an Associate Professor and in 2010 Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine. His main interest is paediatric rheumatology with an emphasis on juvenile idiopathic arthritides and systemic connective tissue diseases. He is the Principal Investigator of the International Registry of Paediatric Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Chairman of EULAR Standing Committee on Paediatric Rheumatology and Chairman of the Education and Training committee of Paediatric Rheumatology European Society. Dr Avcin is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and seven book chapters on paediatric rheumatology.

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