Pediatric Rheumatology is a specialty concerned with the understanding and care of a wide spectrum of autoimmune and auto-inflammatory diseases affecting children and young people, characterized by systemic inflammation as well as inflammation within the musculoskeletal system, skin, blood vessels and diverse organs such as eye, brain and visceral organs. Non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pain and -dysfunction syndromes are an integral part of the scope of Pediatric Rheumatology.
The Pediatric Rheumatology European Society (PreS) is an international organization based in Europe which is dedicated to children and their families who contracted a rheumatic condition before the age of 18. The representation extends, health professionals and scientists worldwide. PReS aims to advance the understanding of disease and to reduce the burden of pediatric rheumatic conditions on the individual, familial and societal level and to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of pediatric rheumatic conditions. PReS fosters excellence in education, research and leadership in the field of pediatric rheumatology. It promotes, together with parent and patient organizations the translation of research advances into daily care. PReS also advocates for the recognition of the needs of children and their families, by the governing bodies in Europe and worldwide.
Full membership is extended to individuals from all European countries, whether they are within the EU or not, and includes countries in the middle east. We also wellcome members from other parts of the world as associate emmbers to enrich the collective experience and knowledge.
We welcome every practitioner/researcher in the field of paediatric rheumatology, irrespective of their background specialities. In fact, we positively encourage a mixed background, as these people are able to contribute from a different perspective.
Council members are elected by the membership. There are a number of committees to address areas of importance to PRES members.
- The education committee is concerned with training, accreditation and continuation of the education of paediatric rheumatologists.
- The clinical affairs committee addressed issues of good clinical practice and dissemination of information.
- The research committee fosters clinical and laboratory research by encouragement of young researchers, workshops and proposals for topics for discussion at scientific meetings.
- The allied health professionals committee has the remit to bring together all allied health professionals and foster dialogue, standards of clinical practice and training.
- The trainees committee is concerned with the interests of trainees in paediatric rheumatology.
We have regular input into the educational/scientific programme of the annual meetings of EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism), and are represented on the European Board of Paediatrics, which sets the standard of training of doctors.
The paediatric rheumatology international trials organisation (PRINTO) is based in Europe. Its chairman is a member of the PRES council and there is considerable overlap in the membership of the 2 organisations, thus facilitating good clinical research.
The national societies also have input into council via the chairman of the committee of nominated national representatives within EULAR.
Dr Michael Hofer
Unité d'Immuno-allergologie et Rhumatologie Pédiatrique
Service de Pédiatrie, BH11
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)
CH-1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
Phone: +41 - 21 - 314 33 24; Fax: +41 - 21 - 314 35 58