Meetings will be held on Fridays from 12:00 -1:00 p.m. in the Shelby Building, Room 105, but if another location is specified for a specific date..

A light lunch will be provided.

For questions concerning the Journal Club, contact Laura B. Hughes, MD, MSPH at or Julie Huff at

Click on the links below to access the articles that will be discussed.

Date: September 8, 2017
Speakers: Edberg, Jeffrey C., PhD / Laura B. Hughes, MD, MSPH
Theme: Inflammatory arthritis-targets for new treatment and evaluating the safety of old treatments

JE - Rauber et al, 2017
LH - Humphries et al, 2017

Date: September 15, 2017
Lowe Conference - No Journal Club

Date: September 22, 2017
Speakers: Chander Raman, PhD / Archana Jain, MD
Theme: Scleroderma

CR - Takahashi et al, 2017
AJ - Namas et al, 2017


Date: September 29, 2017
Speaker: Edward W. Hook III, MD, Endowed Professor of Infectious Disease Translational Research, UAB Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology and Microbiology
Title: Working Together To Forge Successful Mentor-Mentee Relationships
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Date: October 6, 2017
Speakers: Beatriz Hanaoka, MD / Amanda Schnell, MD
Theme: Senescence and Mortality in Gout

BH - Vazirpanah et al, 2017
AS - Vincent et al, 2017

Date: October 13, 2017
Speakers: Richard Reynolds, PhD / Nada Elmagboul, MD
Theme: Gout

RR - Crisan et al, 2017
NE - Dalbeth et al, 2017

Slide presentations:

RR - slides
NE - slides

Date: October 20, 2017
Speakers: Matthew Stoll, MD, PhD / Vincent Laufer, graduate trainee
Theme: T cell co-stimulation

MS - Mease et al, 2017
VL - Jiang et al, 2017

Slide presentations:

MS - slides
VL - slides


Date: October 27, 2017
Speaker: Matthew J. Hilton, PhD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Cell Biology, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine
Title: The Complexity of Notch Signaling in Osteoarthritis
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Date: November 3, 2017
No Journal Club - 2017 ACR meeting

Date: November 10, 2017
Speakers: S. Louis Bridges, Jr, MD, PhD / Matthew McConnell, PhD
Theme: RhoA-ROCK in autoimmunity

SLB - Rozo et al, 2017
MM - Weng et al, 2016

Slide presentations:

MM - slides

Date: November 17, 2017
Speakers: Jeffrey Curtis, MD MS MPH / Justin K. Owensby, PharnD, PhD
Theme: RA-related inflammation as it affects both clinical outcomes and cardiovascular outcomes

JC - Crowson et al, 2017
JO - Solomon et al, 2017

Date: November 24, 2017
No Journal Club: Thanksgiving Holiday

Date: December 1, 2017
No Journal Club: CAMBAC Research Day

Date: December 8, 2017
Speakers: Alexabder Szalai, PhD / Alvin Lee Day, M.D.
Theme: Thyroid and RA

AS - Emamifar et al, 2017
ALD - Solomon et al, 2017

Date: December 15, 2017
Speakers: John D. Mountz, MD, PhD / Aprajita Jagpal, MD
Theme: Interferon and SLE

JDM - Amezcua-Guerra et al, 2017
AJ - Furie et al, 2017

Date: December 22, 2017
No Journal Club: Christmas Holiday

Date: December 29, 2017
No Journal Club: New Year Holiday

Date: January 5, 2018
Speakers: Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Ph.D / Robert P. Kimberly, MD
Theme: IL-6/anti IL-6 in auotimmunity

ABT - Arkatkar et al, 2018
RPK - Wallace et al, 2017

Slide Presentations

RPK - Wallace et al, 2017

Date: January 12, 2018

No Journal Club

Date: January 19, 2018
Speakers: Angelo Gaffo, MD, MsPH / Brandon Pope, NIH Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/Ph.D. Program)
Theme: Giant Cell Arthritis

AG - Tuckwell et al, 2017
BP - Zhang et al, 2018


Date: January 26, 2018
Speaker: Harry W. Schroeder, Jr, MD, PhD, John R. Irby Research Scholar, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Genetics, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Director, UAB Program in Immunology, UAB
How the immune system categorically regulates what appears to be the random process of antigen receptor diversification

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Date: February 2, 2018
Speakers: Maria Danila, MD, MSc, MSPH / Thao Nguyen Tran, MD
Theme: Clinical Risk Factors and RA

MD - Burgers et al, 2017
TNT - George et al, 2017

Date: February 9, 2018
Speakers: Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH / Robert Dalton Chavez
Theme: Inflammation, gout and atherosclerosis

JAS - Ridker et al, 2017
RDC - Fuster et al, 2017

Date: February 16, 2018
Speakers: Peter Weiser, MD / Courtney Crayne, MD
Theme: IL-6 inhibition in systemic sclerosis

Khanna et al, 2018
Taher et al, 2018


Date: February 23, 2018
Speaker: Yi-Ping Li, PhD, Jay McDonald Endowed Professor, UAB Department of Pathology
Title: Core-binding factor subunit beta (Cbfβ) enhances bone regeneration in osteoporosis and other osteolytic diseases, while promotes cartilage repair in osteoarthritis

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Date: March 2, 2018
Speakers: Samir R. Dalvi, M.D./ Vishal Sharma, Graduate Research Assistant
Theme: Microbiome and its role in inflammation/autoimmunity

SD - Manasson et al, 2018
VS - Teng et al, 2016

Date: March 8, 2018
Speakers: Sarah Morgan, MD and Mohamed Khass, PhD
Theme: Osteoporosis

SM - Binkley et al, 2017
MK - Fischer et al, 2017

Date: March 16, 2018

No journal club - Spring Break


Date: March 23, 2018
Speaker: Kenneth S. Saag, MD, MSc Jane Knight Lowe Professor of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), Director, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs), Director, Center of Research Translation (CORT) in Gout and Hyperuricemia
Title: Improving Quality Care in Osteoporosis

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Date: March 30, 2018

No journal club 

Date: April 6, 2018
Speakers: Melissa Mannion, MD and Hui-Chen Hsu, PhD
Theme: Recent Progress in Type I interferons in SLE and type I interferonopathies

MM - Morand et al, 2018
HH - Rodero et al, 2017

Date: April 13, 2018
Speaker: Andrew Gibson, PhD
Theme: Lupus nephritis: mechanism of pathogenesis

Qing et al, 2018

Date: April 20, 2018
Speaker: Marcum Collins, MD and Kenneth Saag, MD
Theme: Gout

Stamp et al, 2017
KS - White et al, 2018

Date: April 27, 2018

No journal club 

Date: May 4, 2018
Speaker: Tracy Hwangpo, MD
Theme: A20 - Role in autoinflammatory and autoimmune disorders

Kadowaki et al, 2018

Date: May 11, 2018
No Journal Club


Date: Thursday, July 26, 2018, 4-5 p.m. Please note unusual day and time
Place: Shelby 105 
Speaker: Tony Merriman, PhD, Research Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Itago, New Zealand
Title: The Genetic Basis of Hyperuricemia and Gout”

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