Since my last year in University, back in 2011, I have been interested in autoimmune diseases - from my point of view, one of the most challenging areas of the Medicine. During my residency, I have been working in the Autoimmune Diseases Clinic with Dr. Jorge Martins and his team. I have also done an internship in the Department of Autoimmune Diseases of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona with Dr. Ricard Cervera and his group, dedicated to deepen the knowledge in autoimmune diseases, and I am a student of the Master in Autoimmune Diseases ofthe University of Barcelona.
Last June, our Autoimmune Diseases Clinic has constituted the "Graham Hughes Centre for Autoimmune Diseases", a project long thought that came true. I am grateful to Dr. Cervera for the opportunity to present it. The "Graham Hughes Centre for Autoimmune Diseases" was created to promote and improve the care provided to patients with autoimmune diseases in our island. It is also our aim to organize meetings, collaborate with other autoimmune diseases units, perform research projects, and contribute to the training of residents and medical students. The consultants of the Centre include physicians of various specialities such as Opthalmology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Neurology and Immunology.
Recently, our group organized the meeting Madeira Lupus Clinic with the presence of Portuguese and international experts in lupus. In addition to “An Uptdate on lupus” course for residents and specialists, novel diagnostic, therapeutic and research issues on lupus have been discussed in a friendly and relaxed scenario. This was also an opportunity to promote the collaboration between autoimmune diseases units in basic and clinical research in lupus, and strengthen the friendship relation between their members.
I hope to meet you in the near future.