ARD Podcast

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) is an international peer-reviewed journal committed to promoting the highest standards of scientific exchange and education. It covers all aspects of rheumatology, which includes the spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritic disease, and connective tissue disorders. ARD publishes basic, clinical, and translational scientific research. Concise scientific communication is encouraged and peer-reviewed proceedings of international meetings are featured. ARD is the official journal of EULAR.

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Monday Apr 22, 2024

This podcast brings you the 2023 update on the EULAR recommendations for the management of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
ARD's Social Media Advisor, Professor Laura Andreoli, speaks to Professors Antonios Fanouriakis and Dimitrios Boumpas, both from the "Attikon" University Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, two of the authors of the recommendations paper. Read it on the ARD website:
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Monday Oct 30, 2023

In this podcast, we discuss the evidence-based EULAR recommendations for the non-pharmacological management of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and systemic sclerosis (SSc).ARD's Social Media Advisor, Professor Laura Andreoli, speaks to Professor Carina Boström and Professor Ioannis Parodis, both from the Karolinska Institutet and the Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, about their recent paper. Read it on the ARD website:
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Monday Feb 07, 2022

In this podcast, Dr. Truchetet discusses her work on the role of innate lymphoid cells in the fibrotic processes in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. The group of Dr. Truchetet found that ILC2 are crucial mediators of skin fibrosis in SSc and that combined treatment of patients with TGFb inhibitors and IL-10 might be an attractive new therapeutic approach in SSc.
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Thursday Jul 29, 2021

In this podcast, we invite two authors from recent ARD papers dedicated to the efficacy of mRNA vaccines in patients with immunosuppressive therapies.
Christophe Richez, Department of Rheumatology, University Medical Center, Bordeaux, France, and ARD's Social Media Advisor, interviews Bimba Hoyer, Department for Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Germany, and Rebecca H Haberman, Division of Rheumatology, University Grossman School of Medicine, New York, USA. They describe their works and offer their thoughts on the current situation in this area and the future.
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Thursday Mar 18, 2021

The EULAR COVID-19 database and the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance work together on shared collected data to address the most pertinent questions in regard to risks for people with rheumatic diseases and COVID-19 infection. The latest study confirms already known risk factors for more severe disease and explores associations between treatments and the risk of death.
In this podcast, ARD’s social media editor, Dr Paul Studenic, is joined by Prof. Pedro Machado, from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, London, UK, to discuss the paper “Factors associated with COVID-19-related death in people with rheumatic diseases: results from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance physician-reported registry” (

Tuesday Sep 15, 2020

Capturing disease progression in SSc is challenging. Becker and colleagues addressed this problem by identifying predictors of disease worsening in the EUSTAR cohort. ARD's social media advisor Dr. Caroline Ospelt talks to Dr. Mike Becker about the results of this analysis.
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Thursday Aug 06, 2020

In this podcast, Dr. Paul Studenic speaks to Dr. Sofia Ramiro and Prof. Robert Landewé both engaged in clinical work in the Zuyderland Medical Center in the south of the Netherlands about their clinical study evaluating systemic glucocorticoids and Il-6 blockade as second-line treatment for COVID-19-associated cytokine storm syndrome. They tell the story of the set-up of a peculiar trial using historical patients treated with supportive care as controls to the ‘experimental’ treatment strategy during these unprecedented times of March and April 2020.
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Wednesday Apr 22, 2020

Statins are some of the most commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs. They act by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, the main enzyme in the synthesis of cholesterol. Earlier studies have shown that statins have an osteoprotective effect: a recently published paper has shown that there is a dose-dependent relationship between different kinds of statins with diagnosis of osteoporosis. "We could find an underrepresentation of osteoporosis in low-dose and an overrepresentation in high-dose statin treatment," says first author Dr. Michael Leutner, MSc PhD (Department of Internal Medicine 3, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Medical University of Vienna), who discusses the details of his study with Dr. Paul Studenic in this podcast.
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Wednesday Mar 25, 2020

In this podcast recorded at the ACR meeting 2019, Dr. Caroline Ospelt speaks to Prof. Anca Catrina and Dr. Aase Hensvold both of the Division of Rheumatology at the Department of Medicine located at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm Sweden.
Hensvold et al. developed a prediction score by combining several clinical and blood-based markers that could be useful in predicting which patients with auto-antibodies and musculoskeletal symptoms develop ultrasound-detectable arthritis. These are the first results of an ongoing study on individuals at-risk for rheumatoid arthritis.

Friday Mar 06, 2020

Dr. Felice Rivellese from the Center of Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology at the Queen Mary University in London discusses the results of his presentation at the ACR 2019 with Dr. Caroline Ospelt. In a subanalysis of the pathobiology of the Early Arthitis Cohort (PEAC), Rivellese at al could show that B cell-rich synovitis is associated with disease severity and radiographic progression, in particular, if B cell infiltrates persist after cDMARD treatment.

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