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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Ferguson, Polly J.; Shoenfeld, Yehuda

Current Opinion in Rheumatology: September 2019 - Volume 31 - Issue 5 - p vii
doi: 10.1097/BOR.0000000000000639

Current Opinion in Rheumatology was launched in 1989. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of Rheumatology is divided into 15 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.

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Polly J. Ferguson

Polly J. Ferguson received her BS and MD from the University of Iowa. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Rheumatology & Immunology Fellowship at the University of Virginia, USA, where she remained to complete a post-doctoral research fellowship. She is currently the Marjorie K. Lamb Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Rheumatology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, USA. Her NIH funded research program is focused on the etiology of autoinflammatory bone disorders including chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO). She has published more than 70 peer reviewed publications, in addition to multiple book chapters and reviews. Her work has been cited more than 4500 times.

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Yehuda Shoenfeld

Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld is the founder and head of the Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases, at the Sheba Medical Center which is affiliated to the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University, in Israel. Dr Shoenfeld is the Incumbent of the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair for Research of Autoimmune Diseases at the Tel-Aviv University.

His clinical and scientific works focus on autoimmune and rheumatic diseases, and he has published more than 1987 papers in journals such as New Eng J Med, Nature, Lancet, Proc Nat Acad Scie, J Clin Invest, J Immunol, Blood, FASEB, J Exp Med, Circulation, Cancer and others. His articles have had over 65,000 citations. He has written more than three hundred and fifty chapters in books, and has authored and edited 40 books, some of which became cornerstones in science and clinical practice, such as “The Mosaic of Autoimmunity”, “Infections and Autoimmunity” and the textbook “Autoantibodies” and “Diagnostic criteria of autoimmune diseases”, all of which were published by Elsevier and sold by the thousands.

He is on the editorial board of 43 journals in the field of rheumatology and autoimmunity and is the founder and the editor of the Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ), the representative journal of science and medicine in the English language in Israel, and also is the founder and Editor of the Autoimmunity Reviews (Elsevier) (Impact factor 8.906) and Co-Editor of Journal of Autoimmunity (Impact factor 7.461). He has organized over 20 international congresses on autoimmunity.

Prof. Shoenfeld received the EULAR prize in 2005, in Vienna, Austria: “The infectious etiology of anti-phospholipid syndrome”. In UC Davis, USA, Dr. Shoenfeld received the Nelson's Prize for Humanity and Science for 2008. In 2009 he was honored as Doctors Honoris Causa, from Debrecen University (Hungary). He has been awarded as the ACR Master Award in 2013.

Prof. Shoenfeld has described two new syndromes: the ASIA syndrome (autoimmune syndromes induced by adjuvants) and the hyperferritinemic syndrome.

Prof. Shoenfeld was head of department of internal medicine for 27 years and has educated a long list of students (>40) being heads of departments and institutes.

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