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Alberto Martini, president of PRESWelcome to the website of the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PRES). PRES is a European scientific society for healthcare professionals in the field of paediatric rheumatology. Within this site, you will find useful information about the aims of our society, constitution, membership, the work of the various committees, the annual scientific meetings as well as research and educational initiatives.

Alberto Martini, president of PRES




PReS events


PReS 2015 joined congress with EULAR in Rome
, 10 June to Saturday, 13 June 2015
Abstract submission deadline: 31 January 2015

YIM 2015
The Young Investigators Meeting (YIM) provides a highly interactive forum for young researchers in the field of paediatric rheumatology to network, present their research, exchange ideas, and plan new projects.
The YIM 2015 will take place in Rome on  9 June from 8.30 am to 6 pm, with opening on the evening of the 8th, and will be followed by a networking dinner. The abstract submission deadline is the 28th of February. For further information regarding venue, program, registration and abstract submission, please click here.

PReS courses

PReS /Latin America Basic Pediatric Rheumatology Course: An Update for Clinicians

June 22-24, 2015
Aguas de São Pedro – São Paulo BRAZIL
Institution: Botucatu Medical School - São Paulo State University - UNESP

: * Only website registration is available, provided the application is submitted with a case-report to be selected for presentation and discussion.

Course Co-Ordinators:
Prof. Alberto Martini – PReS Chairman, IRCCS G Gaslini – Genoa ITALY
, Prof. Claudia Saad Magalhães – Sao Paulo State University, Botucatu- São Paulo BRAZIL Ricardo Russo – Hospital de Pediatria, Prof. Dr Juan P Garrahan, Buenos Aires - ARGENTINA

Previous Congresses


Abstracts publication on Pediatric Rheumatology click here

Other events

The Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman 4th International Conference on Pediatric Chronic Diseases, Disability and Human Development
20-23 January 2015, Jerusalem, Israel

World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases 2015
March 26-29, 2015 in Milan

3rd World Congress on Controversies, Debates and Consensus in Bone, Muscle and Joint Diseases (BMJD)

April 23-26, 2015, Montreal, Canada

ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting
You will find the Calendar of Rheumatology Meetings and Events here:

8th Hamburg Symposium on juvenile Scleroderma - update on new developments
Date: December 5th 2015, 10.00-18.30
Location: Schön Klinik Eilbek, Haus 7, Dehnhaide 120, 22081 Hamburg, Germany 


PReS previous courses

Basic Immunology: Fundamental Concepts and Relevance to Human Disease and Therapeutics

Taking advantage of their current appointments, Alberto Martini, Lorenzo Moretta and Abul Abbas, Presidents, respectively, of the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS), the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS), and the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS), once again joined forces to organize a two-day intensive training course, Basic Immunology: Fundamental Concepts and Relevance to Human Disease and Therapeutics. Held on May 6 – 7, 2013 c/o the XIV century Villa Quartara in Genoa, Italy, the event proved to be a resounding success, with attendance exceeding the organizers’ expectations: originally open to an audience of 75 participants, all told, more than 115 young (and not so young) clinicians and researchers from 20 European countries, and including Brazil and South Africa, took part in the course.
No doubt an incentive to attend the course were the generous travel bursaries available to members in good standing in one of the three scientific societies. In all, grants covering course registration fees, accommodations and full or partial refund of travel expenses were awarded to 53 participants, with more than 30 going to PReS members.

Basic Immunology: Fundamental Concepts and Relevance to Human Disease and Therapeutics

PReS spreads its wings: ReCAP Mumbai November 2012

In an interesting initiative PReS reached the shores of India recently. Refresher Course Asia Pacific (ReCAP), the brainchild of Dr Alberto Martini was held in Mumbai (Bombay) between the 21st and 25th of November 2012. The Rheumatology Chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics co presented the event.

Conceived as a training program in pediatric rheumatology for paediatricians and adult rheumatologists in underserved countries, the program was divided into 2 modules –the Basic Course for 2 days at the newly constructed SRCC auditorium overlooking the historic Haji Ali mosque and the Advanced course for 3 days at the opulent Trident Hotel, Nariman Point. 62 delegates attended the basic course and 96 the advanced course with several opting for a combination. A unique feature of the meeting was no industry sponsorship. While PReS was the major sponsor, Hargobind Foundation (a local NGO) and Jaslok Hospital were the other sponsors. Delegate fees accounted for about 30% of the total costs.

The delegates came from far and wide –India to Israel and Libya to Latvia. Indonesia, Kenya, South Korea and Bangla Desh were also ably represented. The faculty comprising some of the leading lights of Europe and India kept the delegates in rapt attention with several sessions which were planned as interactive and with adequate time for audience interaction. A social evening at the 150 year old Bombay Gymkhana further enhanced the camaraderie between the delegates and faculty and everyone left asking "When next ?"

Dr Raju Khubchandani (India)
Organizing Chairman