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Committees and Scientific Interest Groups

IMACS Committees

IMACS Scientific Committee:

This committee reviews proposals of research studies that would involve the participation of IMACS members, as well as surveys of and publications involving IMACS/its members prior to their submission (including appropriate authorship). This committee will also suggest future scientific directions and new studies for IMACS to embark upon. For further information about IMACS Scientific and Publication Policies, which are administered by the Scientific Committee, see Scientific/Publication Policies.

Current Scientific Committee members are:

  • Rohit Aggarwal (Chair)
  • Sonya Danoff (Vice Chair)
  • Dana Ascherman (Past Chair)
  • Olivier Benveniste
  • Hector Chinoy
  • Robert Cooper
  • Katalin Danko
  • David Isenberg
  • Andrew Mammen
  • Frederick Miller
  • Chester Oddis
  • Adam Schiffenbauer
  • Elena Schiopu
  • James Lilleleker (Fellow member)
  • Iago Pinal Fernandez (Fellow member)

IMACS Meeting Planning Committee:

This committee will plan and organize the annual IMACS meetings and will also suggest proposals for other meetings, such as presentations at the American College of Rheumatology Myositis Study Group.

Current Meeting Planning Committee members are:

  • Bianca Lang (Chair)
  • Mary Cronin (Vice Chair)
  • Floranne Ernste (Vice Chair)
  • Lesley Ann Saketkoo (Past Chair)
  • Hervier Baptiste
  • Rodolfo Curiel
  • Liza McCann
  • Siamak Moghadam-Kia
  • Julie Paik
  • Lisa Rider
  • Jiri Vencovsky
  • Elizabeth Volkmann
  • Hanna Kim (Fellow member)
  • Sara Sabbagh (Fellow member)

IMACS Scientific Interest Groups

Rehabilitation and Exercise Group

This group is devoted to studying the effect of exercise therapy and rehabilitation on the disease and vice versa in juvenile and adult myositis. To this end, the group is currently focused on developing and validating measures for fatigue and endurance, muscle strength testing, and functional testing for juvenile and adult myositis that can be used as endpoints in such studies.

Current Rehabilitation and Exercise Special Interest Group leaders include:

  • Sue Maillard (Chair)
  • Helene Alexanderson (Vice Chair)
  • Marco van Brussel (Past Chair)

International Classification of Diseases

  • Adam Schiffenbauer (Chair)

Calcinosis in Juvenile and Adult Dermatomyositis

  • Lorinda Chung (Chair)

Myositis Autoantibodies

  • Neil McHugh (Chair)

Extension of SHARE consensus for management of JDM

  • Susan Kim (Chair)

Procedures for an IMACS Scientific Interest Group

IMACS Scientific Interest Groups are small focus groups centered around a topic of interest for myositis researchers, in some cases seeking to develop consensus in controversial areas or to develop new guidelines, and in other cases, seeking to perform new research projects. All members of IMACS are eligible to join one or more scientific interest groups, and its members may serve unlimited terms. Groups will often hold 2-4 teleconference calls per year, or communicate by email among members, and meet annually. When a group initiates a new survey or research project, they will seek approval from the IMACS Scientific Committee. Each Scientific Interest Group will report on their progress at the IMACS annual meeting and in the annual newsletter. Leadership, which is elected by members of each group, consists of a chair and 1-2 vice chairs, and as appropriate a past chair, and would rotate every 2 years, with possibility for renewal of 1 term. IMACS currently has 5 scientific interest groups.

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