Global Webinar

Advances in Scleroderma Research – Global Webinar

Leading Scleroderma Research Scientists Launch Novel Worldwide Research Forum

Advances in Scleroderma Research – Global Webinar is a series of virtual meetings open to the global community of scleroderma researchers. This new virtual forum provides a venue to bring together the global scleroderma research community to hear the latest breakthroughs from the field. Each session will feature recent discoveries and high impact publications related to all aspects of scleroderma science.


The purpose of this webinar is to provide the most exciting and recent research advances to the global scleroderma research community in real time. It is vital that we take advantage of the facility we all gained with virtual meetings and virtual information sharing during the pandemic.


The goal of the Advances in Scleroderma Research – Global Webinar is to rapidly disseminate knowledge by promoting awareness of new advances, fostering new collaborations, creating new networks, encouraging early-stage investigators, and inspiring interested learners.

Previous sessions were exceptionally successful with over 300 people from around the globe registered for each event.

Upcoming Events:

Advances in Scleroderma Research – Global Webinar

Friday, September 15, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
(Eastern Time U.S.A.)

Participation is free of charge and open to all interested scleroderma researchers, including trainees.


Lori Broderick, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego
STAT4 mutation causing pansclerotic morphea

Yuval Rinkevich, Ph.D.
Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich, Germany
Organ dependency on its surrounding (fascia) connective tissue

Future Dates:

Sessions will be held quarterly. More details on the following sessions to come:

  • December 2023

The program is organized by a steering committee of leading scleroderma researchers:

John Varga, MD (USA), Co-Chair
Carol Feghali-Bostwick, PhD (USA), Co-Chair
Richard M. Silver, MD (USA)
David Abraham, PhD (UK)
Chris Denton, MD, PhD (UK)
Jorg Distler, MD (Germany)
Pravitt Gourh, MD (USA)
Masataka Kuwana, MD, PhD (Japan)
Alain Lescoat, MD (France)
Steven O’Reilly, PhD (Denmark)
Marlene Rabinovitch, MD (USA)
Eliza Tsou, PhD (USA)
Michael Whitfield, PhD (USA)
Qingran Yan, MD, PhD (China)


Past speakers have included:

March, 2023 Webinar:
Christian Stockmann, M.D., Institute of Anatomy, University of Zürich
Michael Rosenblum M.D., Ph.D., University of California San Francisco
Joel Rurik, University of Pennsylvania

December, 2022 Webinar:
Veena Antony, M.D., The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Daniel Tschumperlin, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
Sara Zanivan, Ph.D., University of Glasgow School of Cancer Sciences, CRUK Beatson Institute

April, 2022 Webinar:
Ido Amit, PhD, and Chamutal Gur, PhD, Weizmann Institute of Science
Paul Hiebert, PhD, ETH Zürich
Victor J. Thannickal, MD, Tulane University

December, 2021 Webinar:
Robert Lafyatis, M.D.
, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Marlene Rabinovitch, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine
Stuart Cook, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School

September, 2021 Webinar:
Jim Jarvis, MD
, University at Buffalo
Michael T. Longaker, MD, MBA, DSc (hon) FACS, Stanford University
Boris Hinz, PhD, University of Toronto

The Advances in Scleroderma Research – Global Webinar is fully supported by the National Scleroderma Foundation.