This activity is provided by Global Education Group 
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Janssen Biotech, Inc., administered by Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity focuses on the rapid advancement of biomarkers (including blood or tissue based, and imaging biomarkers) is changing the way that autoimmune diseases are diagnosed, classified and treated, and in particular in aspects of personalized medicine. This activity will provide state-of-the-art discussions on the role of new advances in biomarkers in the evaluation and management of autoimmune diseases that are not otherwise available to practitioners and scientists in the field.

Statement of Need/Program Overview

Precision Medicine has made significant inroads in the management of many patients around the world, but mainly in oncology.  We as autoimmunologists truly believe that there is a strong needs for precision medicine approaches that can improve care of individuals suffering from a range of autoimmune diseases, and in particular in rheumatology, gastroenterology and dermatology. This meeting is dedicated to providing information regarding the relevance of biomarkers and other factors in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases. 

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:


1.  Describe the factors biomarkers play in the diagnosis of rheumatic/autoimmune diseases.

2.  Describe how biomarkers can inform the prognosis and management of rheumatic/ autoimmune diseases

3.  Discuss future applications of biomarker research and discovery in rheumatic/autoimmune diseases and the impact on clinical care.

4.  Identify opportunities to incorporate biomarker use into their practice and research

5.  Identify challenges in biomarker development and how it will impact their practice and research. 

Physician Accreditation Statement

Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Global Contact Information

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or [email protected].


Instructions to Receive Credit

In order to receive credit for this activity, the participant must attend the conference and complete the program evaluation form. A link to the program evaluation will be e-mailed to attendees after the conclusion of the conference.  

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Global Education Group (Global) does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.  


The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest 

Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

Faculty Presenters:

  • Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • April Armstrong, MD, MPH, Professor of Dermatology, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
  • Christopher Mecoli, MD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins
  • Christopher Ritchlin, MD/MPH, Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester
  • Costantino Pitzalis, MD, Professor, University of London
  • David Furman, PhD, Associate Professor, Stanford University 
  • Deborah Marshall, PhD, Professor, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Dermot McGovern, MD/PhD, Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jasvinder Singh, MD/MPH, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Jim O’Dell, MD, Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Jinoos Yazdany, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco 
  • Judith James, MD/PhD, Professor of Medicine, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
  • Kevin Deane, MD/PHD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado
  • Laura Hummers, MD, ScM, Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins
  • Lee Hood, MD/PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, Co-founder and Professor, Institute for Systems Biology
  • Len Calabrese, DO, Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinics
  • Liam O’Neil, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba
  • Liron Caplan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado 
  • Marvin Fritzler,MD,PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Mary (Peggy) Crow, MD. Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine, NY, NY
  • V. Michael Holers, MD, Professor, University of Colorado
  • Robert Fuhlbrigge, MD/PhD, Professor, Children’s Hospital Colorado 
  • Rohit Aggarwal, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh 
  • Ted Mikuls, MD/MSPH, Professor, University of Nebraska
  • Vibeke Strand, MD, Adjunct Clinical Professor, Stanford University

Planners and Managers

  • Lindsay Borvansky, Global Education Group
  • Andrea Funk, Global Education Group 
  • Liddy Knight, Global Education Group
  • Ashley Cann, Global Education Group
  • Carissa Figal, MPA, University of Colorado
  • Becky Alberti-Powell, University of Colorado
  • Kevin Deane, MD/PHD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado
  • Marvin Fritzler,MD,PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Len Calabrese, DO, Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinics
  • Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado
  • V. Michael Holers, MD, Professor, University of Colorado
  • Michael Weinblatt, MD, Professor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

A full list of disclosure information for all faculty and planner/managers will be provided during the conference. 


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.