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Best of RA Forum® 2017: The Role of the Immune System in Disease Pathology and Treatment

Author(s)/Faculty: Leonard H. Calabrese, DO; William F. C. Rigby, MD; Vibeke Strand, MD, MACR, FACP; John R. P. Tesser, MD
Release Date: 1/16/2018Expiration Date: 1/15/2019
Credit Type: CMENumber of Credits: 0
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a progressive and painful systemic inflammatory disease that preferentially attacks the synovium of the joints, leading to joint destruction, debility, and deformity. Increased understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of RA has made a remarkable difference in its treatment and prognosis. Numerous therapeutic agents with diverse targets and mechanisms have been added to the RA armamentarium, allowing for intervention at various stages in the pathogenic process of the disease. By understanding the underlying immunologic mechanisms driving RA progression, clinicians involved in the management of patients with RA will be better equipped to evaluate the clinical and pharmacologic safety, as well as the efficacy profiles of current and emerging therapies. In this RA Forum®, leading rheumatologists will integrate discussions of basic immunologic principles with current and emerging RA treatments and interactive cases, as well as discuss treatment guidelines and use of biosimilars in the clinic.