Experts in the Hot Seat: Targeting the Cytokine Pathway in RA Management

Activity Overview

During this Experts in the Hot Seat interactive slide-audio activity, we discuss as a panel rheumatoid arthritis and management of patients with this disease. We will address the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and targeting cytokine-driven inflammatory responses for therapy, the role of biologic agents targeting cytokines including interleukin-6 (IL-6), debate key issues and challenge one another to dispense complex information in an interesting and easily comprehensible way, while also challenging your knowledge and providing peer benchmarking. This activity also includes discussion of relevant data surrounding evolving guidelines for management of patients with RA and clinical trials of new and emerging targeted biologic therapies.

CE Credit Expired

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who specialize in rheumatology and internal medicine.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this education activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Delineate the role of TNF and IL-6 signaling pathways in the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the rationale for anti-cytokine therapy as a treatment approach
  • Integrate current standards for disease activity monitoring into informing appropriate management for patients with RA
  • Incorporate emerging clinical trial data regarding the safety and efficacy of novel IL-6 targeting agents for RA into treatment decisions

Activity Faculty

Peter C. Taylor, MA, BM, BCh, PhD, FRCP, FRCPE

Peter C. Taylor, MA, BM, BCh, PhD, FRCP, FRCPE

Norman Collisson Professor, Musculoskeletal Sciences
Oxford University
Director, Clinical Sciences
Botnar Research Centre
Oxford, England

Thomas Dörner, MD, PhD

Thomas Dörner, MD, PhD

Professor, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
Charite University Hospitals Berlin and DRFZ Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Juan J. Gómez-Reino, MD, PhD

Juan Gómez-Reino, MD, PhD

Professor, Medicine
Fundación Ramón Dominguez
Hospital Clinico Universitario
Santiago, Spain