Paediatric Rheumatologist, University of Liverpool, UNITED KINGDOM

Professor Christian Hedrich is a Paediatric Rheumatologist with special interest in molecular mechanisms of cytokine dysregulation in autoimmune/inflammatory disease, their potential applicability as disease biomarkers, and the resolution of pathological inflammatory responses by individualized and target-directed therapeutic approaches. He was appointed Professor of Child Health at the University of Liverpool, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and is currently Head of the Department of Women's and Children's Health.

Christian Hedrich's core research interests are molecular mechanisms of cytokine regulation and their effects on disease expression in the spectrum from autoinflammation to autoimmunity. Special foci include the autoinflammatory bone disorder chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis (CNO), the mixed-pattern disease psoriasis, and the prototypical autoimmune disorder systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Christian Hedrich is actively involved with consensus treatment plan initiatives of the North American CARRA group (CNO) and treat to target (T2T) initiatives of the German Society of Pediatric Rheumatology (GKJR) (SLE, systemic JIA, CNO). Both initiatives aim at translating knowledge from small patient cohorts, daily clinical experience, and laboratory studies into routine patient care, and back to the laboratory bench.