Rhematology and Clinical Immunology, Spedali Civili, Brescia, Italy

 

Chair of Rheumatology, University of Brescia, Italy

 

 

STAFF MEMBERS:

 

Director: Angela Tincani

 

Medical Staff:  Paolo Airò, Franco Franceschini, Roberto Gorla, Ilaria Cavazzana, Micol Frassi, Paola Toniati, Marco Taglietti, Laura Andreoli, Chiara Bazzani, Stefania Zingarelli

 

Post-doc students in Rheumatology: Stefania Cartella, Cinzia Casu, Matteo Filippini, Micaela Fredi, Cecilia Nalli, Mirko Scarsi, Mara Taraborelli, Tamara Ziglioli

 

PhD (Laboratory):  Flavio Allegri, Nice Carabellese, Graziella Carella, Alberto Malagoli, Marzia Quinzanini

 

Lab Coordinator: Antonio Pedrini (head of 12 technicians)

 

Nurses: Silvia Chiesa, Silvana Lamberti, Nicoletta Udeschini

 

Secretary: Patrizia Fratti, Cristina Prevosti

 

 

WEBSITE LINKS:

 

www.spedalicivili.brescia.it

www.bresciareumatologia.it

 

 

GOALS:

 

-       To diagnose and treat rheumatic diseases, with particular focus on systemic autoimmune diseases.

-       To do research on both clinical and laboratory aspects of autoimmunity.

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

 

The Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology is composed by an out-patient clinic/day hospital and a laboratory.

 

Clinical activity and related research:

-     the department is a reference centre in Lombardy for the diagnosis and treatment of connective tissue diseases

-     fields of interest:

-       chronic inflammatory arthritides, with focus on “early rheumatoid arthritis” and the management of biologic treatments (more than 10 years of experience);

-       systemic lupus erythematosus and antiphospholipid syndrome, with participation to international collaborative studies for the elaboration of guidelines and protocols;

-       systemic sclerosis, with focus on both visceral involvement and ulcers related to Raynaud’s phenomenon; participation in international collaborative studies promoted by EUSTAR;

-       undifferentiated connective tissue diseases, for the assessment of predictors of evolution toward a definite disease;

-       management of pregnancy in patients with rheumatic diseases and follow-up of babies (transplacental passage of autoantibodies; neuro-psychological development).

-     participation in several international clinical trials for the investigation of new drugs (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic Sclerosis)

 

Laboratory (certified UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008):

-       detection of autoantibodies by different techniques (immunofluorescence, ELISA, counterimmunoelectrophoresis, immunoblot); participation in national and international collaborative groups for the study and the standardization of autoantibodies assays;

-       HLA genotyping, with particular activity in the field of transplantation;

-       Cytometry: lymphocyte phenotyping; response to mitogens (for the diagnosis of immunodeficiency)