A new edition of the PAMedinterna-Autoimmune Diseases International Meeting took place in Porto, Portugal, on 7-9 November 2018, organized by Prof. Carlos Vasconcelos, former fellow of the Department of Autoimmune Diseases of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (1994) and Dr. Carlos Dias.
Portugal has traditionally played a leading role in advancing knowledge about autoimmune diseases and the country has a very strong autoimmunologist community, joining internists, pediatricians, rheumatologists, nephrologists and others.
Prof. Carlos Vasconcelos and Dr. Carlos Dias, internists and autoimmunologists of Hospital Santo António and Hospital S. João in Porto, made the decision to join PAM-Porto´s Autoimmune Meeting and Medinterna, in order to have the biggest international meeting on autoimmune diseases in Portugal.
This event also allowed the gathering of many of the Portuguese former fellows of the Department of Autoimmune Diseases of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, as shown in the attached picture. So far, more than 50 Portuguese internists and rheumatologists have performed a clinical and research training at this Department, thus strengthening relations between Portugal and Catalonia in the field of Autoimmunity.