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Internationally Recognized Juvenile Arthritis Expert Addresses Medical Staff at Children’s of Alabama on Nov. 13

BIRMINGHAM - Children’s of Alabama welcomes  Angelo Ravelli, PhD to give the 2nd annual KENNEDY Lectureship in Pediatric Rheumatology.   This Grand Rounds event will take place Thursday, Nov. 15 at noon.  Grand Rounds is a weekly continuing medical education series for physicians and other staff of the hospital.

Dr. Ravelli is considered to be an international expert in the field of pediatric rheumatology.  He will be speaking on the diagnosis of macrophage activiation syndrome (MAS) in children with systemic juvenile arthritis.

MAS is a condition that occurs in some individuals who have certain rheumatic diseases.  It’s also seen in certain infections and forms of cancer.  MAS is a frequently fatal condition so diagnosing and treating it early is critical.   Dr. Ravelli and his colleagues have developed a very sensitive and specific criteria for establishing the diagnosis of MAS in children with systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) for this purpose.

Family members are invited and encouraged to learn about the latest research and discoveries by watching an online, real-time broadcast of Dr. Ravelli’s presentation via their personal computers by visiting and clicking “Live CME Opportunity.” The presentation will also be archived on the website for viewing at a later date.

Dr. Angelo Ravelli is the Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Genoa and Istituto Giannina Gaslini in Genoa, Italy.  He has been invited to speak in more than 200 national or international meetings, and is the author or co-author of more than 220 full length articles in international scientific journals.  He has been the chairman of the International Consensus Conference that has led to the develpment of the new classifications criteria for macrophage activation syndrome in systemic juvenile idopathic arthritis.

 Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at