About PReS

Paediatric Rheumatology is a specialty concerned with the care and understanding of a wide spectrum of autoimmune and auto-inflammatory diseases affecting children and young people. 
  • These are characterised by systemic inflammation and inflammation within the musculoskeletal system, skin, blood vessels and diverse organs such as the eye, brain and visceral organs. 
  • Non-inflammatory musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction syndromes are an integral part of the scope of Paediatric Rheumatology.

The Pediatric Rheumatology European Society (PReS) is an international organization based in Europe which is dedicated to advance the care and improve the health and well-being of children and young people with rheumatic conditions. 


Mission statement:

  • PReS fosters excellence in clinical care, training and education, research and leadership amongst healthcare professionals and scientists worldwide. 
  • Together with patient and parent organisations, PRES promotes the implementation of advances in clinical, basic and translational research to help children reach their full potential. 
  • PReS advocates the holistic needs of children, young people and their families at the individual, familial and societal level through networking and in collaboration with national and international rheumatology and specialist societies and stakeholders.

Click HERE to read the Constitution of PRES as a pdf-file approved at the General Assembly on 13th June 2019. (To read it you need Acrobat Reader which you can download HERE.)

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.

Contact PreS Secretary:

Prof Tadej Avcin

Head of Department of Allergology, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the Children's Hospital, University Medical Center Ljubljana (Slovenia)