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Medicine Grand Rounds, Louis Bridges, MD, PhD, “Big Data Approaches to Improving Our Understanding of Rheumatoid Arthritis”
October 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD is Anna Lois Waters Endowed Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has served as Director of the UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology since 2009. He is also the Director of the UAB Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone, and Autoimmunity Center. His research has been continuously funded by NIH and is focused largely on rheumatoid arthritis susceptibility, severity, and treatment response. He has authored more than 140 manuscripts, 20 book chapters, and served as Editor of Vasculitis, published by Oxford University Press. He was named recipient of the 2008 Max Cooper Award for Research Excellence by the UAB Department of Medicine, and the 2012 Sam Brown Bridge Builder Award by the UAB School of Public Health. He currently serves as PI of a Department of Defense research grant on the role of the interferon-gamma pathway in RA, and of an NIH grant looking at the role of anti-PAD4 antibody in RA, and is Associate Director of the NIH funded UAB Investigations in Gout, Hyperuricemia, and Comorbidities (INSIGHT) Center of Research Translation (CORT). In addition, he serves as Director of the UAB T32 Training Program in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases Research. He has been named to the Best Doctors in America list yearly since 2003. He was Co-Editor of Arthritis & Rheumatology (2010-17) and Chair of the NIH Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Study Section (2013-16), and Chair of the ACR Committee on Research (2014-17). In his role as Vice President of the Rheumatology Research Foundation, he is a member of the ACR Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In November 2019, he will begin a two year term as President of the RRF.