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Linda S Ehrlich-Jones

Dr. Linda Ehrlich-Jones works in the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research. She has been involved in creation of behavioral interventions, using motivational interviewing, targeting persons with chronic illness to increase physical activity and improve diet. She oversees the Rehabilitation Measures Database, a compendium of summaries of instruments utilized by rehabilitation professionals. Her faculty appointments at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine include Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Institute for Public Health and Medicine.

Past-President Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
Recipient of the Addie Thomas Service Award (Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, 2014)

James Harris

Group Leader in Arthritis and Lupus Research Group, Department of Medicine, Monash University. Interests in cytokine biology, inflammasomes, MIF, autophagy, inflammation, innate immunity, veterinary and comparative immunology.
Deputy Editor, Immunology and Cell Biology.
Review Editor, Frontiers in Immunology.
Editorial Board member, Arthritis Research & Therapy.

Md Asiful Islam

Dr Md Asiful Islam completed his PhD (Fast Track, Passed with Grade 1, Pass without correction) in Genetics & Autoimmunity from Human Genome Centre, Universiti Sains Malaysia (November 2018) under Professor Dr Siew Hua Gan following completing BSc in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh). He achieved Malaysia International Scholarship and USM Vice-Chancellor Award during his PhD and working as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Haematology, School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia since September 2019.

Besides PeerJ, he has been working as an Academic Editor for Nature Scientific Data, PLOS ONE, BMC Rheumatology, Autoimmunity Highlights, Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders - Drug Targets, Current Immunology Reviews and Current Rheumatology Reviews. He has published 60+ Web of science-indexed articles (Impact factor: 210+) with 1200+ citations (h-index 19).

Dr Asiful's research interest covers different research areas of Medical Sciences including Haematology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Molecular Genetics and Neurosciences. He is currently focused on developing and executing systematic reviews and meta-analyses decoding various research questions of Medical Sciences.

Jorge Kalil

Jorge Kalil is Professor of Clinical Immunology and Allergy and Director of the Laboratory of Immunology at the Heart Institute (InCor), School of Medicine, University of São Paulo (FMUSP), Brazil. He is Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University, DC, USA, and at the Case Westen University, Cleveland. He represents Latin America in the scientific advisory board of the International Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), an UNO Institution since 2013 and a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences since 1995. Since 2001, he coordinates iii-Institute for Investigative Immunology, a National Institute linked to the Ministry of Science and Technology, in Brazil. In addition, he co-chairs the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies - FOCIS Center of Excellence in São Paulo and member of the Council of the USP Pasteur Institute’s board since 2018. He is member of the DSMB/NIH for analyses of phase 3 clinical trials of vaccines anti COVID supported by the US government and board member of COVAX, a WHO/GAVI/CEPI initiative to selecting and buying COVID vaccines to distribute to the world. Kalil graduated in Medicine in Brazil (1977), has a Master’s degree in Immunology and Immunogenetics and is Doctor of Science in Human Biology. He is currently developing vaccines against COVID-19 Streptococcus, HIV, Dengue and Zika in advanced scientific stage.

Floris P.J.G. Lafeber

Professor of Experimental Rheumatology, University Medical Centre Utrecht. Manager of research and head of research laboratory of the department of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, UMCU. In addition to organization, initiation, and facilitation research of the department, there is a personal interest in a unique treatment of severe osteoarthritis being joint distraction, and in a unique animal model of osteoarthritis being the canine Groove model.

Elizabeth G. Laird

My research goals are to characterise the mechanisms of collagenous tissue development, repair and renewal. Current research interests include understanding the dynamics of collagen synthesis and turnover, the role of stem cells in musculoskeletal homeostasis and the role of glucose in musculoskeletal ageing. Tissues of interest are primarily tendon and ligament but include cartilage, bone, cornea and intervertebral disc, as well as fibrotic tissue.

This research is important because age-related degeneration and loss of function in musculoskeletal tissues is associated with chronic joint pain, limited movement, tendinopathy, ligament damage, intervertebral disc degeneration and osteoarthritis. There is both a loss of tissue integrity and propensity to fibrosis indicating that homeostasis of the collagenous extracellular matrix is lost with age. Understanding the molecular processes that create functional musculoskeletal tissues during development and growth, and which malfunction or cease to operate in aged tissues is key to developing new strategies for tissue engineering, to activate intrinsic stem cell repair mechanisms and to develop beneficial pharmaceutical, dietary or exercise-based interventions in an increasingly aged society.

Daniel López López

Full Professor and Senior Lecturer - Faculty and Nursing and Podiatry, Universidade da Coruña, Spain

Director - Research, Health and Podiatry Unit, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Nursing and Podiatry, Universidade da Coruña, Spain

G. Lorimer Moseley

Professor of Clinical Neurosciences & Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy, Director of Innovation in Implementation and Clinical Translation (IIMPACT) Research Collaboration at the University of South Australia; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Science; Hon Fellow, Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australia New Zealand College of Anaesthetists; Fellow, Australian College of Physiotherapists & Honoured Member, Australian Physiotherapy Association; Principal Research Fellow, National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia.

Korakot Nganvongpanit

Korakot Nganvongpanit, B.Sc., D.V.M., Ph.D., D.T.B.V.S. is Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the Chiang Mai University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Thailand. He is the head of Animal Bone and Joint Research Laboratory, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University over 15 years, and head of Excellence Center in Veterinary Bioscience, Chiang Mai University.

His research experience focusing on osteology and related areas includes molecular biology/genetic, chondrocyte culture, small animals orthopedic, and rehabilitation. Past projects involved multi-disciplinary research in the areas of animal osteology including; osteoarthritis (in vivo and in vitro), molecular biology/genetic, forensic anthropology, and population genetics.

Tuan V. Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is a Senior Principal Fellow and Laboratory Head of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Australia). He also holds joint appointments as Professor, St Vincent's Clinical School, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney); Professor of Predictive Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS); and adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia.

Feng Pan

Dr. Pan is a Senior Research Fellow at Menzies Institute for Medical Research. He has been researching both epidemiology and clinical interventions to osteoarthritis-related pain. Much of his work has been on identifying biomechanical risk factors for chronic pain and osteoarthritis, identifying pain and osteoarthritis phenotypes and testing new therapeutic treatments.

Angela Rösen-Wolff

Study of Medicine at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universiy in Heidelberg, Germany; Habilitation in Experimental Virology. Head of Clinical Research at the Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus at TU Dresden, Germany, since 1995. Speaker of Clinical Research Unit 249 "Defects of the Innate Immune System in Autoinflammation and Autoimmunity" since 2010