Prof. Gabriele Valentini Università della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Italy

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Gabriele Valentini received his degree in Medicine in 1975, specialized in internal medicine in 1980 and rheumatology in 1984. From 1975 to 1980 he was Clinical Assistant in Rheumatology, from 1980 to 1992 he was Clinical investigator in Rheumatology, from 1992 to 1999 Associate Professor of Rheumatology, from November 1,... read more1999 he has been Full Professor of Rheumatology and November 1, 2000 he has been Chief of the Rheumatology Unit and Director of the Specialization School in Rheumatology of Università della Campania (formerly Second University of Naples). Gabriele Valentini has published 250 papers in peer reviewed journals, devoting his scientific activity to inflammatory rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatopolymyositis and, above all, systemic sclerosis, about which he has investigated clinical, epidemiological (subsetting and early disease), pathogenetic (T cell subsets and activity), pathophysiological (fixed vascular system), clinical (heart and joint involvement), clinimetric (activity criteria) and therapeutic aspects (cyclophosphamide).