UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology are pleased to host Iain McInnes, PhD, as the guest lecturer for the 2014 Marshall S. Levy, MD, Memorial Lecture.

Professor McInnes currently serves as the Muirhead Chair of Medicine and Director of Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Glasgow.

He has a major interest in the biology of inflammatory synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and septic arthritis. He operates a translational science program in which state of the art cellular and molecular biology techniques are applied to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the perpetuation of synovial inflammation. In parallel they have an extensive clinical trials facility in which they perform studies of novel biologic agents in inflammatory arthritis.

Dr. McInnes has an established leadership role in translational medicine reflected in academic participation in the United Kingdom as the chair of the newly created Arthritis Research UK New Agents Committee, as the vice chair of the Medical Research Council Panel for Training and Fellowships, and the UK Clinical Research Network Specialty Groups Scottish Lead for Inflammation Medicine.

He has also served as chief or principal investigator at the global and national level for numerous phase I, II, and III drug development programs. As such he provides knowledge and experience in the conduct and translation of a variety of investigative modalities in the field of inflammation medicine.

Dr. McInnes’ lecture, Micro Molecules with Macro Effects in Rheumatology, will be presented on Friday, October 10, 2014.

Marshall S. Levy, MD, was a nephrologist at UPMC for nearly 40 years. During this time he served as the president of UPMC St. Margaret Hospital staff. He used his position to advocate for patients’ rights and concerns.

For more information on the lecture contact Hilary Peterson at HJP4@pitt.edu or 412-383-8100.