Fifth Eular Course on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Organized in collaboration with the EULAR Standing Committee on Education and Training

Pisa, Italy, September 4th-9th, 2011

The Course is aimed at 70 young rheumatologists (age less than 40 years) and has been designed to provide comprehensive, intensive training on various aspects of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

The Course will consist of morning and afternoon sessions that will address the following topics:


In addition, each day will include the discussion of difficult clinical cases relating to the day’s topics.

The course will be held at the cloister of S. Croce in Fossabanda, a beautiful complex built in 1300 and restored for the Jubilee of the year 2000 for use as a hotel. The cloister is located in Piazza S. Croce 11, in Pisa.

CME credits:                   

Applications have been forwarded for both national and European credits


Course Chairmen: S. Bombardieri (Italy)

M Aringer (Austria),J.W.J.Bijlsma(The Netherland),M. Bott (UK), D. Boumpas (Greece), A. Brucato (Italy), G. Castellino (Italy), R. Cervera (Spain), N. Costedoat–Chalumeau (France), M. Cutolo (Italy), R Danesi (Italy), A. Doria (Italy), M. Galeazzi (Italy), F. Houssiau (Belgium), T.W. Huizinga (The Netherlands), D. Jayne (UK), A. Kuhn (Germany), M. Martini (Italy), M. Mazzantini (Italy), P.L. Meroni (Italy), P Migliorini (Italy), M. Montecucco (Italy), G. Moroni (Italy), M. Mosca (Italy), M. Ostensen (Switzerland), M. Schneider (Germany), Y. Shoenfeld (Israel), F. Strigni (Italy), C. Tani (Italy), A. Tincani (Italy), A.G. Tzioufas (Greece), G. Valesini (Italy), R. Voll (Germany), M Ward (USA), V. Werth (USA), J. Yazdany (USA).



Participants should forward their application by fax or e-mail to the Scientific Secretariat no later than July 15th, 2011. Applications should include a short CV (100-150 words), a list of no more than 5 publications, and for physicians-in-training, a letter from their supervisor. Acceptance of the application will be notified by e-mail within July 25, 2011. After formal acceptance the participants should send the registration form to the Organizing Secretariat no later than August 15, 2011.



As only a very limited number of single rooms are available at the cloister, applicants will be mainly lodged in double rooms, to be shared with another partecipant. Fees per person, including full board and all educational materials, are:

€ 1,100.00 (double room to be shared with another partecipant);

€ 1,250.00 (single room).


EULAR Scholarships:      

EULAR will offer up to ten scholarships to attend this course, covering registration, accommodation and full board. Preference will be given to European young rheumatologists (age below 40) or rheumatology trainees, coming from countries with relevant educational and financial needs. No more than one scholarship per center will be awarded. Applications (short CV, letters of recommendation and reasons to request support)  must be sent online to the EULAR secretariat:  no later than July 15, 2011.

For further information please contact: Gabriela Kluge, Education Program Coordinator, EULAR, Seestrasse 240, CH-8802 Kilchberg, Switzerland. Tel.:  41 44 716 3032; Fax: 41 44 716 3039; e-mail:

Scientific Secretariat: Dr. Marta Mosca, c/o Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, Via Santa Maria 31, I-56126 Pisa, Italy. Tel.: 39-050-40124; fax: 39-050-502299; e-mail:

Organizing Secretariat: Luisa Marconcini, Elisa Baldacci, c/o Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, Via Santa Maria 31, I-56126 Pisa, Italy. Tel.: 39-050-40124; fax: 39-050-502299, e-mail:


Regular and low cost companies connect Pisa airport ( with the following European cities: Amsterdam, Berlin (Tegel), Barcelona (Girona), Billund, Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Bruxelles (Charleroi), Dublin, Eindhoven, Edinburgh, Frankfurt (Hahn), Glasgow Prestwick, Hamburg (Lubeck), Liverpool, London (Stansted), London (Gatwick), Madrid, Munich, New York, Paris-Beauvais, Oslo, Sevilla, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Valencia. Other flights are connected with Florence Airport ( (one hour train distance from Pisa). For information see:


Preliminary Program