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Medicine Grand Rounds - Recent Advances in the Treatment of Scleroderma, March 13, 2020

Dr. Simms reviews the pathophysiology and clinical features of limited and diffuse scleroderma, focusing primarily on pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) and interstitial lung disease (IDL) complications in this enigmatic disease. Investigating the mechanisms of action in PAH and ILD have led to effective combination therapies and lower mortality, although several of the current treatments have challenging toxicities. Potential future directions include the use of cannabinoids and stem cell transplantation.

Activity Details

Start Date:  March 13, 2020
End Date:  March 13, 2023

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Learning Outcome

Participants will be able to review the principle clinical features which define scleroderma, discuss the impact of new therapies on the current management of scleroderma and outline the future pipeline of scleroderma therapies.

  • Robert W. Simms, MD
    Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
    Professor, Department of Medicine
    Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

    About our presenter:   
    Dr. Simms was the Clinical Director and Fellowship Program Director at Boston University before becoming the Section Head from 2008-2018.  He joined the faculty of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2020. His guiding principle for developing the most successful center of disease investigation was the creation of a highly collaborative environment, which included both basic and clinical investigators under one roof.  This model has remained a highly productive template for the Scleroderma Center at Boston University, which has become among the largest and most successful scleroderma centers both nationally and internationally.

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In order to receive credit for this Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity, you must:

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  • Complete the online Attestation of Attendance & Evaluation Form (you must register to access).

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The following Activity Physician Director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content for Recent Advances in the Treatment of Scleroderma, March 13, 2020 (Medicine Grand Rounds) have reported the following financial interest or relationship* with various companies/organizations. The Activity Director and Planning Committee member roles were resolved by altering the individual’s control over content about the products or services of the commercial interest by the Associate Dean for CME and the Department of Medicine Chair. The speaker conflicts have been resolved by validating the activity content through independent peer review by Kelly Kieffer, MD. All potential conflict(s) were resolved.

* Kelly Kieffer, MD ~ her spouse is a consultant for OcculoBio. 

* Richard I. Rothstein, MD ~ has research support from Baranova (research grant to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) and is on the Scientific Advisory Board for Allurion. 

* Robert W. Simms, MD ~ has grant/research support from Actelion, Novartis, Gilead, Genzyme, MedImmune, Cytori, Boehringer Ingelheim, EMD Serono, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Genentech.

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