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When the immune system can't recognise us anymore. Seminar 2



When the immune system can't recognise us anymore. Seminar 2

With Dr Elisa Astorri (Barts Hospital, Queen Mary University)

What can we do to prevent and cure autoimmunity. Why is an early diagnosis very important.

The first consequence of autoimmunity is inflammation. Just like fire, the sooner it is put under control, the less it will be able to spread. Many patients live with underlying inflammation in their bodies for many years without knowing the cause. Being able to recognise early symptoms and treating them before the fire has spread, is crucial in controlling autoimmunity. Most autoimmune conditions are chronic but medications and lifestyle can help leave perfectly healthy lives.

If untreated, autoimmune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis can leads to permanent organ damage and disability. Joints, skin, internal organs can all be gradually affected in a irreversible way. Early diagnosis and treatment with synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) is critical to control inflammation and prevent the damage: also known as disease remission. However, a high percentage of patients does not respond to or cannot tolerate synthetic DMARDs; in these patients a biologic treatment should be started without delay.

New treatments can target very specific proteins in the blood and reduce side effects of medications that affect the whole immune system.


Dr Elisa Astorri is an Academic Physician Rheumatologist working at Barts Hospital, Queen Mary University, London since 2007. She completed a PhD in Rheumatology on Sjögren’s Syndrome at the Experimental Medicine & Rheumatology Department, John Vane Science Centre, William Harvey Research Institute. She then completed her Specialty training in Rheumatology with Queen Mary University, Barts and The London School of Medicine, London, as well as at la Sapienza University in Rome. During her medical career she also trained in French Universities such as the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Bretonneau, Tours and Le Service d’Urgence de la Fondation Vallée, Paris. Dr Astorri has published several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the IDF - Independent Doctors Federation.



Date: Friday, September 15, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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