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Consultant Neonatologist, Senior Clinical Lecturer, University Hospital Southhampton, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr Mark Johnson is a consultant neonatologist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and an honorary senior clinical lecturer in neonatal medicine at the University of Southampton. Dr Johnson graduated in medicine (BM) from the University of Southampton in 2004, and undertook an intercalated degree in biomedical science (BSc) during his medical training.

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Associate Clinical Professor in Paediatric Dentistry, University of Sydney, Director, Department of Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, AUSTRALIA





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Head of Pediatric Rheumatology Dept, Kremlin Bicêtre Hospital, FRANCE

Professor Isabelle Koné-Paut is the head of a world-renowned pediatric rheumatology department at the Kremlin Bicêtre hospital, university of Paris Sud-Saclay. Her department has been awarded EULAR Center of Excellence 2015/2020 with the Adult Rheumatology Department (Pr Xavier Mariette). 



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Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Professor of Pediatrics, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). NETHERLANDS

Luisa Mearin (MD, PhD) is a paediatric gastroenterologist and professor of paediatrics at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is the head of the Unit of Paediatric Gastroenterology at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).


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Pediatric Dermatologist,  CHU Sainte Justine, University of Montreal, Quebec, (CA)

Maryam Piram is a French pediatric dermatologist with a particular interest in diseases interfacing between dermatology and rheumatology. Dr. Piram received her medical degree in 2006 after a 3-year residency in pediatrics and a 2-year residency in dermatology.


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Pediatric Rheumatologist Consultant, Anna Meyer Children's Hospital, ITALY

Dr Teresa Giani received her MD degree, and completed her Paediatric training in Florence, Italy. She is a Pediatric Rheumatologist Consultant at Anna Meyer Children Hospital, Florence, Italy. 




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Associate Professor in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Head of Dept. of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Sophia Children's Hospital, NETHERLANDS

Marielle Pijnenburg is associate Professor in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and head of the department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Allergology in Sophia Children’s Hospital. She was trained as a paediatrician at the University Hospital Groningen and continued her career with a fellowship in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at Erasmus MC. She obtained a permanent position in Rotterdam in 2002 and finished her PhD thesis on exhaled nitric oxide in children with asthma in 2006.

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Chair of Paediatric Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM

I’m a Chair of Paediatric Medicine at the University of Edinburgh and work as a Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. I also have a research group at the UMC Utrecht, Netherlands. I have twenty years of experience in research related to pathogenesis and prevention of respiratory infections.



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Clinical Epidemiologist and Paediatrician, Sophia Children's Hospital, NETHERLANDS

Daan Caudri, MD, PhD, is a Clinical Epidemiologist and Paediatrician, specialized in Respiratory and Sleep medicine at the Department of Paediatrics, at the Sophia Children’s Hospital of the Erasmus MC University Medical Centre in Rotterdam.  He obtained his masters in clinical epidemiology and PhD (cum laude) in 2010 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (prof. J.C De Jongste), investigating the causes and prognosis of preschool wheeze. 


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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Pediatric Rheumatology Unit, Department of Woman's and Child's Health, University Hospital of Padua,  ITALY

Since 1992 he is the Chief of the Pediatric Rheumatology Unit at the University of Padova. From 2001-2009 he acted as Chairman of the Juvenile Scleroderma Working Group of PRES (Pediatric Rheumatology European Society) and, from 2006-2009 of the Italian Society of Pediatric Rheumatology. Prof. Zulian’s main research interests are in Scleroderma syndromes, Kawasaki disease, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Joint Hypermobile Syndromes and JIA- related chronic uveitis. 

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