Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Following the success of the previous two congresses on Controversies in Rheumatology and Autoimmunity (CORA) it is our great pleasure to welcome you to Sorrento, Italy, for the third CORA Congress.
Our first CORA congress held in Florence was a great success with more than 500 participants where a fresh and intuitive congress structure was launched that included debate sessions on burning and controversial issues as well as plenary lectures, company-sponsored blocks and other scientific sessions. The second CORA, held in Budapest attracted more than 600 professionals and featured even more scientific debates.
Today, new autoimmune syndromes are being discovered and described rapidly by leading scientists and these findings raise further questions related to the clinical diagnosis, management, as well as the pathogenesis of rheumatic and autoimmune disorders.
The scientific program of CORA 2015 will cover many of these issues. We will conduct debates on the importance of genetic vs. epigenetic factors, on the involvement of bone destruction vs. formation in the pathogenesis of arthritides, on targeted therapy, including early treatment initiation, switching and stopping. We will discuss the highly controversial issues of biologics and biosimilars, APS testing, Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, psoriatic arthritis and many other topics.
CORA 2015 promises a colorful and innovative program, and we look forward to your contribution by submitting an abstract and joining the discussions on these issues.
This time we are moving back to Italy, to the lovely town of Sorrento, standing on a terrace rising steeply above the sea on one of the most spectacular points of the Campanian coast. We look forward to welcoming you at this inspiring medical event.
Prof. Andrea Doria Prof. Yehuda Shoenfeld
Dr. Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini Honorary Chair
Prof. Zoltan Szekanecz